GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290 vs 960 among Desktop GPUs


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

AMD Radeon R9 290 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon R9 290  based on its benchmarks and compute performance.

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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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Much better 3DMark06 score 32,300 vs 10,767.5 Around 3x better 3DMark06 score
Much higher memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 2.8x higher memory bandwidth
Significantly better floating-point performance 4,800 GFLOPS vs 2,308.1 GFLOPS More than 2x better floating-point performance
Better PassMark score 7,049 vs 5,813 More than 20% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 38,650 vs 32,171 More than 20% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Significantly higher texture rate 152 GTexel/s vs 72.1 GTexel/s More than 2x higher texture rate
Many more shading units 2,560 vs 1,024 1536 more shading units
Many more texture mapping units 160 vs 64 96 more texture mapping units
Higher pixel rate 60.6 GPixel/s vs 36.1 GPixel/s Around 70% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Much wider memory bus 512 bit vs 128 bit 4x wider memory bus
Better face detection score 108.61 mPixels/s vs 69.13 mPixels/s More than 55% better face detection score
Better fire strike factor score 71.97 vs 57.4 More than 25% better fire strike factor score
Higher crysis 3 framerate 51 vs 36.1 More than 40% higher crysis 3 framerate
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 91.5 fps vs 75.8 fps More than 20% higher BioShock infinite framerate
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 14,570 More than 2.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 947 MHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,125 MHz More than 55% higher memory clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz vs 947 MHz Around 25% higher turbo clock speed
Much lower TDP 120W vs 300W 2.5x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 290 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
545.44 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
108.61 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
2,474.12 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
483.87 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 960
710.39 mInteraction/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Crysis 3

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"I have a 270X Windforce 4GB I can get 65FPS on max settings 4K" That's hilariously never going to happen, you lying wipe... LOL... 65 FPS on 4k with a 270x... HAHAHAHAhahaha that is absolutely hilarious.
No shit. My friend has a 960 SSC 4GB, I have a 270X Windforce 4GB, he can't play PAYDAY 2 above 1080p max settings and achieve 60FPS, I can get 65FPS on max settings 4K. WITH A 270X 4GB (Basically a 290, not much difference lol don't argue with it)
Being tied in "compute performance" and only 14,000 some in 3D mark 11, what BS. looks like another lazy job by this site.
Was pointing out that WHERE IS THE WINNER?
You compare a card that costs 30 euros is 4 years older than the other one with a mid-end gaming card
I don't particularly like AMD, but WOW...
Fucking stupid, GPUBoss. Just shows that Nvidia is paying you assholes to do this. A 960 is not JUST right behind an R9 290...
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