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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4

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More shading units 2,816 vs 1,664 1152 more shading units
More texture mapping units 176 vs 104 72 more texture mapping units
Better floating-point performance 4,506 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS Around 30% better floating-point performance
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

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Higher clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 800 MHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 35.2 GPixel/s More than 65% higher pixel rate
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 40% higher memory clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz vs 1,000 MHz Around 20% higher turbo clock speed
More render output processors 56 vs 44 12 more render output processors
Significantly lower TDP 148W vs 250W More than 40% lower TDP

Features Key features of the Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4  vs GeForce GTX 970 

effective memory clock speed Frequency at which memory can be read from and written to

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 970
58.8 GPixel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 970
3,494 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

render output processors GPU commponents responsible for transform pixels as they flow between memory buffers

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4  vs
GeForce GTX 970 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name Hawaii GM204
Clock speed 800 MHz 1,050 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 1,178 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 2,816 1,664
Texture mapping units 176 104
Render output processors 44 56
Pixel rate 35.2 GPixel/s 58.8 GPixel/s
Floating-point performance 4,506 GFLOPS 3,494 GFLOPS


Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4  vs
GeForce GTX 970 
Memory clock speed 1,250 MHz 1,753 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz 7,012 MHz
Memory bus 512 bit 256 bit
Memory 4,096 MB 4,096 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5

noise and power

TDP 250W 148W


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