GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290X vs 6990 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

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

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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

7.9

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon R9 290X 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon R9 290X  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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AMD Radeon R9 290X

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Front view of Radeon R9 290X

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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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,271 vs 10,630 More than 3x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Much better PassMark score 7,331 vs 2,844 More than 2.5x better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 42,403.5 vs 27,760 Around 55% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 830 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much better bitcoin mining score 625.33 mHash/s vs 265.3 mHash/s More than 2.2x better bitcoin mining score
Significantly better fire strike factor score 73.87 vs 45.35 Around 65% better fire strike factor score
Slightly better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 5,099.6 GFLOPS More than 10% better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 53.12 GPixel/s More than 20% higher pixel rate
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 3,510 vs 1,255 More than 2.8x better PassMark direct compute score
Slightly higher texture rate 176 GTexel/s vs 159.4 GTexel/s More than 10% higher texture rate
Lower TDP 300W vs 375W 20% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon HD 6990

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Diamond Radeon HD 6990

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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Much better 3DMark06 score 30,500 vs 16,167.5 Around 90% better 3DMark06 score
More shading units 3,072 vs 2,816 256 more shading units
More texture mapping units 192 vs 176 16 more texture mapping units
Slightly more compute units 48 vs 44 4 more compute units

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 290X vs HD 6990

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
625.33 mHash/s
Radeon HD 6990
265.3 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
105.88 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 6990
17.28 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
2,415.99 frames/s
Radeon HD 6990
840.45 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
821.28 mInteraction/s
Radeon HD 6990
264.29 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
10.65 frames/s
Radeon HD 6990
1.76 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Comments

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No need to upgrade at this point.. until a Dual core R9 comes out..
Would like to have a dual core card with the R9 290X cores on :-D or maybe i can just run two single core cards ^^
;-)
Lol your comparing a single card to a dual card :D plus only the 7XXX series and newer will support mantle
So.... no point in changing hehe :-p
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