GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 290X vs R9 290 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 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

Front view of Radeon R9 290X

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 bitcoin mining score 625.33 mHash/s vs 545.44 mHash/s Around 15% better bitcoin mining score
More shading units 2,816 vs 2,560 256 more shading units
More texture mapping units 176 vs 160 16 more texture mapping units
Slightly more compute units 44 vs 40 4 more compute units
Higher memory clock speed 1,250 MHz vs 1,125 MHz More than 10% higher memory clock speed
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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
625.33 mHash/s
Radeon R9 290
545.44 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
105.88 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 290
108.61 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
2,415.99 frames/s
Radeon R9 290
2,474.12 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

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

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290X
10.65 frames/s
Radeon R9 290
10.14 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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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.
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.
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.
Yes. The vapor x 290 I have has never gone over 70C at max fan speed of 50%. Even during intense benchmarking.
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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