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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition Radeon R9 290X
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 9%
Doom Eternal 15% 6%
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 9%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 17% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 84% 50%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 84% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 67%
Need For Speed Heat 34% 9%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 95% 96%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290X are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The Radeon R9 290X has a 370 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the Radeon R9 290X providing 95.4 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 Radeon R9 290X has a 370 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 590. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the Radeon R9 290X manages to provide 3.5 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 Radeon R9 290X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 590, and so the Radeon R9 290X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 590.

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 290X has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 590 has 11.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 290X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is slightly better than the Radeon R9 290X.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 290X is 2394. The Radeon R9 290X having 1104 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 290X delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 590.

The Radeon R9 290X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the Radeon R9 290X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 290X requires 290 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 290X. The GTX 590 requires 75 Watts more than the Radeon R9 290X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R9 290X.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-351-A1GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date24 Mar 2011vs24 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed864 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth331.8GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs2816
Actual Shader Performance62%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs176
Texture Rate80.6 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs64
Pixel Rate60.5 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power365 Wattsvs290 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 46 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
Radeon R9 290X is a high-end graphics card and the most powerful single graphics card of the Radeon R-200 Series.
It packs a Hawaii XT Core which offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface.
While the central unit runs at 1000MHz, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is slightly better than GeForce GTX Titan and considerably better than GeForce GTX 780. Its release price of $549 makes Radeon R9 290X an extremely competitive graphics card. It was most powerful single-graphics-card available until November 2013.
Please note that this card is known to heat a lot and requires a very powerful PSU.
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