GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290X vs 780


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

crysis: warhead (2013), Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City and 6 more


Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Passmark, 3DMark 11 Graphics, 3DMark Vantage Graphics and 3DMark06

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2013) and Passmark Direct Compute

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load


No winner declared

Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 290X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 290X

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Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 863 MHz More than 15% higher clock speed
More memory 4,096 MB vs 3,072 MB Around 35% more memory
Better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 3,977 GFLOPS More than 40% better floating-point performance
Significantly higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 41.4 GPixel/s Around 55% higher pixel rate
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Higher turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 902 MHz More than 10% higher turbo clock speed
Slightly higher memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 288.4 GB/s More than 10% higher memory bandwidth
More shading units 2,816 vs 2,304 512 more shading units
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 384 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 780

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780

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Better passmark score 8,044 vs 6,666 More than 20% better passmark score
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 20% higher memory clock speed
Better passmark direct compute score 4,112 vs 3,300 Around 25% better passmark direct compute score
Lower TDP 250W vs 300W More than 15% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 290X vs GeForce GTX 780

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

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3DMark Vantage Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 10 GPU performance

Radeon R9 290X GeForce GTX 780 @

BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

Radeon R9 290X
94.9 fps
GeForce GTX 780
95.3 fps

Civilization 5 Texture Decomp (2013) Using the newest graphics cards Civ V can speed screen transitions by reducing texture sizes

Passmark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 290X  vs GeForce GTX 780 

Please note that we are discussing 2560x1600 here because it is the absolute minimum resolution you should use for 290X CrossFire.
Radeon R9 290X


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This is bs. I'm not a fanboy, or anything, but right should be right.
nvidia cards in general performed much better in battlefield 3 than the amd cards did but things have changed dramatically with battlefield 4
Jack you're a fucking idiot. Don't ever come onto a thread talking about garbage ass BF4. The Witcher 2 still has the best looking visuals and it's piggy backing Nvidia. WTF you going to say when The Witcher 3 comes out and is more visualy enhanced than any game on the market?
780 Poseidon is very, very better!
oh my god u don't know anything about tech do u?Fanboy this site is not good for gpu..on bf4 it says AMD GAMING EVOVOLED AAHAHHAHAH NVIDIA SUX!
Yes! I knew it! GTX 780 is at least 80% better than the crappy 290x. AMD losers haha!
290x is overpriced because there are shortages of that GPU for litecoin mining. 290x used to be $500.
the 290x is still overpriced, amd pls change :p
780 Lightning 119 FPS - stock 136 FPS - OC R9 290x OC: 117 FPS - stock 129 FPS - OC By the way, battlefield 3 is an AMD "Gaming Evolved" game which favors AMD hardware.
how come this still not FIX ? look RESULT is R9 290X 9.6 and GTX780 8.9
Well clearly what you have to do is throw the computer into a bath also make sure its plugged in then it will cool down because thats how computers work :D
How the gtx 780 is better any ways? And it doesn't run at 200 degrees.
Currently, the r9 290x is so much more expensive than the 780 (due to inflation after a shit tonne of the r9 290xs' were bought at release by bitcoin miners). It's probably safe to say, AT THIS CURRENT POINT IN TIME WHEN I POST THIS, that the 780 has better price:performance ratio... But the r9 290x is still way faster lol
The 290X is the better option, period.
WTF is this?
so the 290X is the better option if you are running higher than 1080. But for 1080 users the GTX 780 beats it??
FAKE, GpuBoss nvidia fanboy...
All our benchmarks have sources listed underneath. The Bioshock benchmark comes from AnandTech:
I understand the performance differences grow on higher resolutions. The fact is, no other review website that I could find, has the GTX 780 winning in Bioshock Infinite against a R9 290x at 1080p .
I'm sorry to hear that Jay. We are currently working on making changes to our system to collect more benchmarks at a higher resolution, which is where the R9 290X excels against other graphics cards, and will provide a more well rounded comparison at higher resolutions. It's not our intention to manipulate any data (we don't benefit either way), but we are aware of the issue and are working on it.
I work in the tech industry and often used this site as a quick and easy way to help customers decide which card is best. After reading this comparison, I will never use GPU boss or any of the other comparison sites like it again. This is a disgusting misstatement of basic objective tests that have been done on these two cards on many websites.
Have faith in AMD, the card beats the 1000$ card with closed eyes Rome 2 Hitman Absolution Company of Heroes 2 Grid 2 Metro last light GTX 780 won on BF3 res 1920 x 1080 and Bioshock Infinite same res ( higher res 290x owned them !!)
Price/performance ratio is on the red side, so the right choice is R9. But if someone wants performace without doubt, I will choose green.
I think it is... I had high hopes for the 290x as well. But it looks like its again, another sub par product built to compete with the best in the business.
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