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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Crossfire GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 40%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 25% 30%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 17% 44%
Genshin Impact 18% 42%
eFootball PES 2021 59% 29%
Marvel's Avengers 22% 34%
Watch Dogs Legion 21% 37%
FIFA 21 59% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 17% 103%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 28% 25%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Crossfire are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The R9 290X has a 410 MHz higher core clock speed and 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the R9 290X providing 285.5 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 410 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 590. This results in the R9 290X providing 72.6 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 Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Crossfire has 5632 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 290X is 4979 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290. The R9 290X having 3689 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 but there is no entry for the R9 290X. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the R9 290X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1040 MHzvs630 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Hawaii XT (x2)Fermi GF110-351-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date07 Jan 2014vs24 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1350 MHzvs864 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth691.2GB/secvs331.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units5632vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs62%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units352vs128
Texture Rate366.1 GTexel/svs80.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs96
Pixel Rate133.1 GPixel/svs60.5 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-365 Watts
Recommended PSU-700 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Crossfire setup of Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition.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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