GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290 vs 770 among Desktop GPUs


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Performance per Watt

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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 GB/s Around 45% higher memory bandwidth
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 14,570 vs 11,310 Around 30% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better floating-point performance 4,800 GFLOPS vs 3,213 GFLOPS Around 50% better floating-point performance
Better PassMark score 7,049 vs 6,099 More than 15% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark06 score 32,300 vs 29,690 Around 10% better 3DMark06 score
Higher pixel rate 60.6 GPixel/s vs 33.5 GPixel/s More than 80% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Significantly more shading units 2,560 vs 1,536 1024 more shading units
Significantly better face detection score 108.61 mPixels/s vs 50.95 mPixels/s Around 2.2x better face detection score
Slightly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 38,650 vs 36,150 More than 5% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Much wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus
More texture mapping units 160 vs 128 32 more texture mapping units
Higher texture rate 152 GTexel/s vs 134 GTexel/s Around 15% higher texture rate
Better fire strike factor score 71.97 vs 60.75 Around 20% better fire strike factor score
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 91.5 fps vs 83.4 fps Around 10% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 770

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 770

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Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,046 MHz vs 947 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,125 MHz More than 55% higher memory clock speed
Significantly higher crysis 3 framerate 84 vs 51 Around 65% higher crysis 3 framerate
Higher turbo clock speed 1,085 MHz vs 947 MHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Lower TDP 230W vs 300W Around 25% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 290 vs GeForce GTX 770

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
545.44 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 770
112.94 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
108.61 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 770
50.95 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
2,474.12 frames/s
GeForce GTX 770
1,631.29 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
GeForce GTX 770

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
GeForce GTX 770

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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lol, this comment is hilarious The 780(not the 770 but a much faster card) gets absolutely murdered by the 390 today.
All of you are idiots! And yes a 770 can use 4GB of V-Ram! And Philip your 256bit bus comment was wrong! Yes 2GB more of V-Ram can be successfully added by a card manufacturer, and still run at the same full speed as the 2GB V-Ram model! And yes a 256bit bus is more than fast enough to run 4GB! You ever hear of the GTX 980? It has a 256bit bus and the exact same 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth speed as the 770! You people need to stop pretending to be experts on things you know nothing about! This is why you idiots fight with each other all the time, while never make any sense! You have a world database at your fingertips called the Internet! The informations is there for you to learn! And I know the typical dumbed down trendy response would be I don't care!, Well if you do not care to know anything, Then stop pretending you know everything! Because you just make yourselves look stupid! Trying to win a argument simply by using insults, and having no real knowledge of anything, is the same as going to the O.K. Coral to fight Doc Holliday unarmed. it's futile! You can get mad at me all you want! I don't care! I am just hoping maybe this might help at'least one of you idiots! I do still have some hope for people! But honestly it's looking bleak!
First, no I'm not an AMD fanboy and I'd buy an Nvidia card now if I had to build a PC. Second, go to and open your eyes. Who's the fanboy/jerk now? Third, don't write a paragraph when you say 'one word'
The difference between the graphics cards would have been closer if they had launched at the same time, that's what you people don't understand You just can't seem to grasp my point of view. If Nvidia had launched 6 months after AMD it would be better, because that's what competition is. The high point of AMD is the R9 290x, not the R9 290. Your hatred for Nvidia just clouds everything in front of you, that's why you say this is biased
One word: jerk You all act like that because you simply hate Nvidia. That's what happens when you are an AMD fanboy. That's why you all have likes, this place is full of AMD fanboys CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL
The fact that you can't be civilized made me disappointed in the human race. And you didn't understand that AMD graphics cards had an advantage over Nvidia, a 6 month advantage. I was not comparing them, you moron, i was stating facts because everyone just hates Nvidia, I looked at benchmarks at the time, and there is a 6 month difference between them, of course the AMD is better i see you are all AMD fanboys, good for you, you feel like men now?
finally they changed it to the 290 as the winner
Hahahahhaha You're awesome..!! :)
Fuc*ing bul*shit Gpuboss, how much NVidia pay you? This is a black business game NVidia and GPUBoss, or GPUBoss is NVidia bias? Fu*k Nvidia with their black business.
Not anymore m8.
Totally not true at all. Try gaming in higher resolutions. Anything above 1080p will use more memory IF it's available. I game at 2560x1600 w/ GTX770 4GB card and regular see memory use over 3GB. Watch and learn the truth about this bullshit...
slapping on 4gb on old hardware doesnt make it better when the bandwidth of the 770 is 256bit
4GB is just a trick to sell, the 4gb 770 can only use 2gb anyway, moron.
how much did they pay?
Oh brrr hahahah gtx770=r9 290 hahaha
the 4GB 770 > R9 290... Period. this Thomas Dameron tool must not understand the fact Nvidia as ... "Options"
for me the r9 290 is better than gtx gives a solid 60-90 fps in ultimate or ultra and it never drops to 60 below,,,,sorry for my bad english...ehehehhee
Sorry bro, no way a 770 beats a r9 290.
AMD ALL THE WAY! NVidia can't handle the Competition so they pay sites to "UP" the stats ;D
The R9 290 is a tad slower than a 780. The 770 is comparable to the 280X, not the 290. You're an Nvidia fanboy, and reading that bullshit made me disappointed in the human race. Go look at some benchmarks, moron.
The R9 290 even beats the GTX 780 (check on anadtech)... and it's at least 10% cheaper than the 770
one word: lol
AMD does the smart thing, to launch at least 6 months later to plan the course of action, and of course it will outperform, it launched much later. What were you expecting huh? Really?
the Nvidia GTX 770 launched on may 2013 and the Radeon R9 290 launched on November 2013. AMD had a 6 months period after the GTX 770 to plan and launch their graphics card and still couldn't beat the GTX 770. Stop complaining like little bitches when you don't know... (it's biased, please, look for another excuse cause that one stinks)
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