GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290X vs 7970 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

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

AMD Radeon HD 7970 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7970  based on its noise and power.

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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 memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 264 GB/s More than 20% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 3,789 GFLOPS Around 50% better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 29.6 GPixel/s Around 2.2x higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
More memory 4,096 MB vs 3,072 MB Around 35% more memory
Higher texture rate 176 GTexel/s vs 118.4 GTexel/s Around 50% higher texture rate
Slightly higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 925 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed
More shading units 2,816 vs 2,048 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 176 vs 128 48 more texture mapping units
Better bitcoin mining score 624.45 mHash/s vs 447.28 mHash/s Around 40% better bitcoin mining score
More compute units 44 vs 32 12 more compute units
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 94.9 fps vs 70.4 fps Around 35% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Better sky diver factor score 432.93 vs 380.04 Around 15% better sky diver factor score
Slightly wider memory bus 512 bit vs 384 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
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AMD Radeon HD 7970

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Much higher hitman: absolution framerate 73 vs 58.5 Around 25% higher hitman: absolution framerate
Higher effective memory clock speed 5,500 MHz vs 5,000 MHz 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,375 MHz vs 1,250 MHz 10% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 250W vs 300W More than 15% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 290X vs HD 7970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
624.45 mHash/s
Radeon HD 7970
447.28 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
105.88 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 7970
49.05 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
2,415.99 frames/s
Radeon HD 7970
261.64 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
604.46 mInteraction/s
Radeon HD 7970
52.96 mInteraction/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Hitman: Absolution

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 290X  vs HD 7970 

Please note that we are discussing 2560x1600 here because it is the absolute minimum resolution you should use for 290X CrossFire.
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I am running the visiontek hd 7970 and its a great card can handle anything u throw at it but I think this site is wrong with some of there specs I have crisis 3 and I run over 60 fps everything maxed out so I feel some one doesn't know what there talking about on this site had 7970 ghz for 320.00 with tax so you could have 2 7970 vs one 290x for the price
Looks like it's slightly better.. Let's wait for the prices..
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