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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition GeForce GTX 770
Red Dead Redemption 2 16% 45%
Halo: Reach 63% 54%
Cyberpunk 2077 60% 99%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16% 45%
Doom Eternal 0% 24%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 60% 99%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 96% 94%
Grand Theft Auto VI 78% 121%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 60% 99%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 28% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770.

The GeForce GTX 770 has a 99 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290, but the R9 290 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 770. As a result, the 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 R9 290, but the R9 290 has 32 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 770. As a result, the 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 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 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 R9 290 also has superior memory performance overall.

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

The Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 290 is 2061 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 770 is 1667. The R9 290 having 394 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 290 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 770.

The Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition 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 R9 290 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 770. The R9 290 requires 45 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 770 to run. The difference is significant enough that the 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
9.5
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8.6
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%
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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
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power275 Wattsvs230 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs550 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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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 ReviewRadeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition comes with a slightly different PCB and design. Still, as soon as you close your case you stop seeing it. Don't expect any performance boost over the reference card as the specifications are exactly the same.
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