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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 4GB Radeon R9 390
Halo: Reach 66% 66%
Red Dead Redemption 2 7% 6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 7% 6%
Borderlands 3 13% 12%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 47% 46%
Cyberpunk 2077 47% 46%
FIFA 20 43% 44%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 23% 22%
eFootball PES 2020 27% 28%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 51% 51%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 390 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB.

The GTX 970 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 390, but the Radeon R9 390 has 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the Radeon R9 390 exhibits a 50.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 970. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 970 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 390, but the Radeon R9 390 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the Radeon R9 390 exhibits a 5.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 970. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R9 390 was released less than a year after the GTX 970, 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 Radeon R9 390 has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R9 390 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R9 390 has 159.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 390 is massively better than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 4GB has 1664 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 390 has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2646 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 390 is 2176. The GTX 970 having 470 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon R9 390 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 970 4GB requires 145 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 390 requires 275 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the Radeon R9 390. The Radeon R9 390 requires 130 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 390 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1178 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1GCN 1.1 Grenada PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
9.9
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9.9
2560x1440
7.4
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7.6
3840x2160
5.6
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5.9

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs384GB/sec
L2 Cache 1792 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1664vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs160
Texture Rate109.2 GTexel/svs160 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs64
Pixel Rate58.8 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power145 Wattsvs275 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. Its relatively low release price and mind-blowing performance made it an extremely competitive product. Read below to know more.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-200-A1 which has 13 SM activated and thus offers 1664 Shader Processing Units, 104 TMUs and 56 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1050MHz and goes up to 1178MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, MFAA, VXGI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 770. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 95ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 145W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
Pricing is lower than the one seen on its predecessors - $329.99 and makes it an extremely competitive product.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 970 4GB is over 25% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 in about 10%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
Radeon R9 390 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Grenada PRO which has 60 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 512-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon R9 390 8GB competes with GeForce GTX 970 and is essentially a Higher Clocked Radeon R9 290 with the addition of twice as much video memory (8GB against 4GB).
It proves to be slower than GeForce GTX 970 at resolutions up to 1920x1080 but takes the lead beyond that.
However, the lack of DirectX 12.1 Support paired with the enormous Power Consumption (almost twice as much as GeForce GTX 970) and the Gimmicked 8GB Frame Buffer, makes it an extremely uncompetitive product.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 390 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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