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


GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 

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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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Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 25,101.5 vs 14,020 Around 80% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 863 MHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 3,977 GFLOPS More than 40% better floating-point performance
More memory 4,096 MB vs 3,072 MB Around 35% more memory
Higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 41.4 GPixel/s Around 55% higher pixel rate
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 render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
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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Much better 3DMark06 score 35,080 vs 15,980.5 Around 2.2x better 3DMark06 score
Better passmark score 8,056 vs 6,781 Around 20% better passmark score
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 42,870 vs 38,367 More than 10% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 20% higher memory clock speed
Better passmark direct compute score 4,027 vs 3,144 Around 30% 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

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

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 

Overclocking works very well and reaches the highest clocks of all GTX 780 cards we tested so far.
GeForce GTX 780


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I hate this bullshit. You get shit websites and gay ass fagot fanboys but fucking each other. AMD is always and always will be the bang 4 ur buck company for cpu's and graphics cards. Nvidia releases awesome cars as well but are not priced logically (i,e GTX TITAN). I like both companies and there awesome, The difference is I dont suck their dicks for money and kiss their ass like other pussy's.
You dont understand math, do you lol
are you taking us for fools gpuboss? are you paid or something?!
u mean Asus AMD
I have tried both reference cards at base frequencies. The R9 290X does run a but smoother that the GTX 780 is some areas such as benchmarks and highly demanding games. The main problem is that the R9 290X produces more heat and thus performance decreases. The GTX 780 on the other hand is much more stable throughout all games and benchmarks because NVIDIA's GK110 core is more energy efficient than AMD's Hawaii XT core. And in the end it all comes down to consistent performance. I mean who plays for just a half hour and calls it quits? Plus Catalyst forces Raptr, AMD Gaming Evolved or whatever it is to be installed where as NVIDIA GeForce Experience can be removed from the install list. To sum all this up, the higher cost of the GTX 780 equals consistent performance and lower heat generation.
the reason why this nvidia card has more compute performace is because its literally overclocked from the factory and the amd card obviously dominated the 780 and the 780Ti and besides usually when the card is OC'd from factory they dont last as long GG nVidia but uh your always the loser lol
If thats not an option just make sure the computer is outside when it is liquid cooling.
I do have a 780 .. but I will move on to AMD side when it comes to GPU .. I think Mantle and Freesyn are the way to go.
its 400$ on ebay
what's the thing? He prefers GTX 780 from Nvidia and the Avatar picture is an Asus Nvidia card.
NVIDIA!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE NVIDIA!!!!!!
AMD!!!!!!!!! I LOVE AMD!!!!!!
Why is your Avatar a picture of an nvidia card?
where do you get +80% when they have very similar performance?
I do want to point out how biased this comment is and how terrible this comparision is, you're comparing the lightning edition, which is a card designed for extreme overclocking, the most expensive 780, with a reference r9 290, if you were to do the same benchmark with say a 780 tri-x and a 290 tri-x it will be much different.
my dual 780's FTW
Just go to Anandtech to see the truth. Use the dropdown menus to choose the video cards and then click "View Comparison".
Hey, if you're getting your pockets stuffed with Nvidia money, at least take down the ads, would you please. This is like heaven for Nvidia fanboys, isn't it. Seriously, I love Nvidia but this sort of unfair treatment towards AMD cards (seriously, you gave the 770 a higher score than the 290?!) is ridiculous and disgusting. If Nvidia is the better company, they should prove that by actually making better products and not paying off popular websites to favor their GPUs. I wonder how you get your results, seriously, do you lock the AMD card in 2D mode at 300MHz? I could rant on forever about this but instead I'm just going to stay away from your website in the future and tell others to do the same. What a joke.
LOL xD intel+nvidia fanboys - thiscpuboss
Although the 780 costs more than 290X, it runs games better and that it doesn't have a louder-than-a-hairblower stock cooler. More importantly, being an NVIDIA card means that it has better driver support and GeForce Experience suite which is a hell of a lot better than AMD's crappy Raptr or whatever it is called...
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!
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