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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 280 Crossfire GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 9% 34%
Doom Eternal 6% 15%
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 84%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9% 34%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 33% 17%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 50% 84%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 50% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 67% 105%
Need For Speed Heat 9% 34%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 96% 95%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280 Crossfire are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The R9 280 has a 197 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the R9 280 providing 104.6 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 280 has a 197 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 280. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 7.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R9 280. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 280 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 590, and so the R9 280 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 280 has 3072 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 280 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 280 has 148.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 590, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280 is massively better than the GTX 590.

The Radeon R9 280 Crossfire has 3584 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 280 is 3344 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290. The R9 280 having 2054 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 590.

The R9 280 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the R9 280 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The Radeon R9 280 Crossfire requires 400 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 280 and a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590. The R9 280 requires 35 Watts more than the GTX 590 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 590.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed827 MHzvs630 MHz
Boost Clock933 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Tahiti PRO2 (x2)Fermi GF110-351-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date04 Mar 2014vs24 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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2560x1440 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs864 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth480GB/secvs331.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3584vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs62%
Texture Mapping Units224vs128
Texture Rate185.2 GTexel/svs80.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs96
Pixel Rate52.9 GPixel/svs60.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power400 Wattsvs365 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs700 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
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 RAM12 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Radeon R9 280 Crossfire setup of Radeon R9 280.GeForce 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.
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