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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition Quadro Plex 7000
Cyberpunk 2077 17% 101%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 8% 85%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 20% 106%
Genshin Impact 18% 102%
eFootball PES 2021 40% 2%
Marvel's Avengers 12% 92%
Watch Dogs Legion 14% 95%
FIFA 21 40% 2%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 69% 190%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5% 79%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000.

The R9 290 has a 426 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the Quadro Plex 7000. This results in the R9 290 providing 86.5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 290 has a 426 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Render Output Units than the Quadro Plex 7000. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R9 290 manages to provide 8.9 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 290 was released over a year more recently than the Quadro Plex 7000, and so the R9 290 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro Plex 7000.

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 Quadro Plex 7000 has 8192 MB more video memory than the R9 290, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The R9 290 has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro Plex 7000, which means that the memory performance of the R9 290 is noticeably better than the Quadro Plex 7000.

The Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro Plex 7000 has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 290 is 2176 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro Plex 7000 is 1176. The R9 290 having 1000 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 Quadro Plex 7000.

The R9 290 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro Plex 7000. This means that the R9 290 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro Plex 7000.

The Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition requires 275 Watts to run and the Quadro Plex 7000 requires 600 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 290 and a PSU with at least 900 Watts for the Quadro Plex 7000. The Quadro Plex 7000 requires 325 Watts more than the R9 290 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro Plex 7000 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs574 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Hawaii PROFermi GF100 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date17 Jan 2014vs25 Jul 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs12288 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs750 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth320GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs57%
Texture Mapping Units160vs128
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs73.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs96
Pixel Rate64 GPixel/svs55.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs4
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power275 Wattsvs600 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs900 Watts & 60 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 947MHz to 1000MHz. The memory clock was left untouched. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom cooling solution which will reduce its temperature under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance boost over the reference card.
Quadro Plex 7000 is an enthusiast professional card based on the 40nm, Fermi architecture.

It's based on 2 Fermi GF100 GPUs and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 96 ROPs, on a 768-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 574MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 750MHz. It has a L2 Cache of 1536KB and a rated board TDP of 600 Watts.

Despite exhibiting similarities to GeForce GTX 590, due to being under-clocked and because Quadro Plex 7000's drivers are only certified for professional applications only, its gaming performance is up to 10% slower than GeForce GTX 590.
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