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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB
Cyberpunk 2077 1156% 867%
Hitman 3 1533% 1157%
Resident Evil 8 1156% 867%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1048% 784%
FIFA 21 533% 388%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1667% 1260%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1011% 755%
Genshin Impact 1156% 867%
Far Cry 6 1717% 1299%
The Medium 1467% 1106%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition.

The HD 2900 XT has a 43 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GT 730. This results in the HD 2900 XT providing 0.7 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 HD 2900 XT has a 43 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Render Output Units than the GT 730. This results in the HD 2900 XT providing 9.1 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 GT 730 was released over three years more recently than the HD 2900 XT, and so the GT 730 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 2900 XT when running the latest games.

The GT 730 has 1536 MB more video memory than the HD 2900 XT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 2900 XT has 77.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 730, which means that the memory performance of the HD 2900 XT is much better than the GT 730.

The GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 730 is 134 and the actual shader performance of the HD 2900 XT is 155. The HD 2900 XT having 21 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 2900 XT delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 730.

The GT 730 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 2900 XT. This means that the GT 730 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 2900 XT.

The GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB requires 215 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 730 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 2900 XT. The HD 2900 XT requires 166 Watts more than the GT 730 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 2900 XT may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 730.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed700 MHzvs743 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-400-A1R600 XT
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date18 Jun 2014vs14 May 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
5.3
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1600x900
3.8
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1920x1080
2.5
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2560x1440
1.9
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs828 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs106GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs320
Actual Shader Performance6%vs7%
Technology40nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate11.2 GTexel/svs11.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs16
Pixel Rate2.8 GPixel/svs11.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs215 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Ampsvs550 Watts & 35 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Pentium G3220 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce GT 730 v3.

This Edition comes with a special cooling solution which keeps the GPU cooler under load and no overclock out of the box.

Performance-wise, it's as fast as the reference GeForce GT 730 v3.
Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB is a high-end GPU based on the 80nm variant of the second unified shader architecture, R600.
It's based on the R600 XT Core and offers 320 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs on a 512-bit memory interface of standard GDDR3. The central unit runs at 743MHz and the memory clock runs at up to 828MHz.
Its performance is somewhat faster than Radeon HD 2900 Pro due to being higher clocked and the extra memory bandwidth is bottlenecked by the small sized frame buffer and thus most games have to be played using a 1024x768 resolution but should be playable at high settings.
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