GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290 vs 1080 among Desktop GPUs over $400

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

9.1

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 290

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 290

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Significantly higher memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 224.4 GB/s Around 45% higher memory bandwidth
Much wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 1080

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

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Much better PassMark score 11,994 vs 7,049 More than 70% better PassMark score
Much higher clock speed 1,607 MHz vs 947 MHz Around 70% higher clock speed
Much higher effective memory clock speed 10,008 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 2x higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Significantly better floating-point performance 8,228 GFLOPS vs 4,800 GFLOPS More than 70% better floating-point performance
Significantly higher texture rate 257.1 GTexel/s vs 152 GTexel/s Around 70% higher texture rate
Significantly higher pixel rate 102.8 GPixel/s vs 60.6 GPixel/s Around 70% higher pixel rate
Much higher turbo clock speed 1,733 MHz vs 947 MHz Around 85% higher turbo clock speed
Much better PassMark direct compute score 8,106 vs 3,242 More than 2.5x better PassMark direct compute score
Much higher crysis 3 framerate 98.7 vs 51 Around 95% higher crysis 3 framerate
Significantly better cloud gate factor score 26.05 vs 21.94 Around 20% better cloud gate factor score
Better face detection score 143.9 mPixels/s vs 108.61 mPixels/s Around 35% better face detection score
Higher memory clock speed 1,251 MHz vs 1,125 MHz More than 10% higher memory clock speed
Significantly lower TDP 180W vs 300W 40% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 290 vs GeForce GTX 1080

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
545.44 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1080
755 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
108.61 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1080
143.9 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
1,366.31 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1080
2,733.78 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
3,355.58
GeForce GTX 1080
3,360.14

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
3,713.44
GeForce GTX 1080
3,718.86

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Crysis 3

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