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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition Crossfire
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 22%
Halo: Reach 57% 75%
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 7%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 22%
Doom Eternal 15% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 84% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 19%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 17% 52%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 84% 7%
Need For Speed Heat 34% 22%

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

The R9 290X has a 420 MHz higher core clock speed and 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the R9 290X providing 289 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 290X has a 420 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 590. This results in the R9 290X providing 73.9 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 290X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 590, and so the 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 R9 290X has 5120 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 290X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 290X has 359.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 590, which means that the memory performance of the R9 290X is massively better than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition Crossfire has 5632. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290 and the actual shader performance of the R9 290X is 5027. The R9 290X having 3737 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 290X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 590.

The R9 290X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the 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 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition Crossfire requires 600 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590 and a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 290X. The R9 290X requires 235 Watts more than the GTX 590 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 290X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 590.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-351-A1GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date24 Mar 2011vs01 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8.9
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10
2560x1440
6.6
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed864 MHzvs1350 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs1024 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth331.8GB/secvs691.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs5632
Actual Shader Performance62%vs100%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs352
Texture Rate80.6 GTexel/svs369.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs128
Pixel Rate60.5 GPixel/svs134.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power365 Wattsvs600 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 46 Ampsvs1000 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs5760x1600

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.
The Crossfire setup of Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition.
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