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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 290 GeForce GTX 770
Cyberpunk 2077 60% 99%
Red Dead Redemption 2 16% 45%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 28% 11%
Halo: Reach 63% 54%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 60% 99%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16% 45%
FIFA 20 38% 23%
Doom Eternal 0% 24%
Grand Theft Auto VI 78% 121%
Need For Speed Heat 16% 45%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770.

The GeForce GTX 770 has a 99 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 290, but the Radeon R9 290 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 770. As a result, the Radeon R9 290 exhibits a 17.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 770. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 770 has a 99 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 290, but the Radeon R9 290 has 32 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 770. As a result, the Radeon R9 290 exhibits a 27.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 770. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R9 290 was released less than a year after the GeForce GTX 770, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon R9 290 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 770, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R9 290 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R9 290 has 95.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 770, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 290 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 770.

The Radeon R9 290 has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 290 is 2061 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 770 is 1667. The Radeon R9 290 having 394 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 290 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 770.

The Radeon R9 290 requires 275 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 770 requires 230 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 290 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 770. The Radeon R9 290 requires 45 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 770 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 290 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 770.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed947 MHzvs1046 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1085 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Hawaii PROKepler GK104-425-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date05 Nov 2013vs30 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
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2560x1440
7.2
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6.3
3840x2160
5.5
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1752 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth320GB/secvs224.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs1536
Actual Shader Performance99%vs80%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs128
Texture Rate151.5 GTexel/svs133.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate60.6 GPixel/svs33.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power275 Wattsvs230 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs550 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 290 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Hawaii PRO which has 60 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 947MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 512-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon R9 290 competes with GeForce GTX 780 but it proves to be slower than the latter at resolutions up to 1920x1080 but takes the lead beyond that.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 290 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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