GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290X vs R9 290 among GPUs between $200 and $400


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

AMD Radeon R9 290X 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,271 vs 14,570 Around 2.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 42,403.5 vs 38,650 Around 10% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 4,800 GFLOPS More than 15% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 176 GTexel/s vs 152 GTexel/s More than 15% higher texture rate
Better face detection score 117.63 mPixels/s vs 89.33 mPixels/s More than 30% better face detection score
Slightly more shading units 2,816 vs 2,560 256 more shading units
Slightly more texture mapping units 176 vs 160 16 more texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 1,250 MHz vs 1,125 MHz More than 10% higher memory clock speed
Front view of Radeon R9 290

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Much better 3DMark06 score 32,300 vs 16,167.5 Around 2x better 3DMark06 score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 290X vs 290

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
623.31 mHash/s
Radeon R9 290
540.64 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
117.63 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 290
89.33 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
2,403.46 frames/s
Radeon R9 290
1,366.31 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
818.75 mInteraction/s
Radeon R9 290
483.87 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
10.63 frames/s
Radeon R9 290
-1 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 290X  vs 290 

It yields additional performance to beat the GTX 780 by increasing maximum fan speed from 40% to 47.
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290x vapor - x better that all one gpu cards
These tests do not care about price difference, pure performance, where the 290x wins, maybe you can oc the 290, but with a nice cooler you can do just the same on the 290x and surpass the 290 by quite a bit.
The 290x is FAR superior especially in battlefield4 (20+ fps difference!!!!)
But the 290 will never have the same Stream processors as the 290x. Speed is not the only thing that matters.
I have looked at loads of reviews and they are pretty even. For me I think I will go for the 780 for the lower energy consumption and it comes with watch dogs. Thanks alot for your input it has been helpful.
The 290 out performs the 780 from my experience. Its 20 dollars cheaper and you get 1gb more VRAM. Do not go by the rating on gpuboss for 780 vs 290. GPUboss is the most biased GPU site. Always in favor of nvidia. Also, the shadow play of AMD is radeonpro. It is going to be released or may already be.
Im upgrading from a 670 and will be missing shadowplay alot but at the same time ive wanted to use display port and nvidia has a bug which messes up the colour space. I game at 2560 by 1440 so which would be the best one or Theres only a price difference of £20.
The 290 sapphire runs cooler then the 780 ACX by about 10C. I have both. One in my wife's and one in mine. The are both excellent cards. Decide what games you will be playing. If you plan on Crysis 3 or Battlefield 4.. then the 290 will beat the 780 by about 15 FPS due to them being optimized for AMD. The 290 is very much the same as the 780 and costs 100 less and is cooler. You won't regret the 290 sapphire vapor x. Thats the best out there right now. It also has a glowy light on the side which tells you what temp your GPU is currently at. Its a nice one.
Im struggling to decide between the r9 290 and gtx780.
Yes. The vapor x 290 I have has never gone over 70C at max fan speed of 50%. Even during intense benchmarking.
Does it run alot cooler too?
Now the price difference between the 290 and 290x is closing in. The 290x tri-x oc from sapphire is $510 on amazon and the 290 tri-x oc is $440.
Do not get the 290x. There is no point in spending 100+ more dollars. my r9 290 vapor X runs the same FPS as the 290x for 150 dollars less then current priced 290x.
Not to mention the fact that the 290 will OC to 290x speeds yet the 290x doesn't OC much at all. I think the 290 is the winner!!
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