GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 295X2 vs 970 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

7.7

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 295X2

Reasons to consider the
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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Much better floating-point performance 11,466 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS More than 3.2x better floating-point performance
Much higher texture rate 358.4 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s More than 3.2x higher texture rate
Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Many more shading units 5,632 vs 1,664 3968 more shading units
Much higher pixel rate 130.4 GPixel/s vs 58.8 GPixel/s Around 2.2x higher pixel rate
Many more texture mapping units 352 vs 104 248 more texture mapping units
Many more render output processors 128 vs 56 72 more render output processors
Better bitcoin mining score 614.07 mHash/s vs 485.85 mHash/s More than 25% better bitcoin mining score
Wider memory bus 1,024 bit vs 256 bit 4x wider memory bus
Better cloud gate factor score 24.18 vs 22.23 Around 10% better cloud gate factor score
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

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Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Better PassMark score 8,563 vs 7,462 Around 15% better PassMark score
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 40% higher memory clock speed
Much lower TDP 148W vs 500W 3.4x lower TDP
Better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 3,456 More than 25% better PassMark direct compute score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 295X2 vs GeForce GTX 970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 295X2
614.07 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
485.85 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 295X2
116.41 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
102.43 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 295X2
1,997.66 frames/s
GeForce GTX 970
1,203.9 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 295X2
651.4 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 970
1,122.49 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 295X2
10.68 frames/s
GeForce GTX 970
6.71 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 295X2  vs GeForce GTX 970 

8.6
9.7
Today, we're reviewing the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SuperClocked ACX, a non-reference design, factory-overclocked GTX 970 graphics card, which comes with a custom-design PCB, and the company's signature ACX cooler, which features an aluminium stack heatsink that uses a trio of copper heat pipes, to draw heat directly from the GPU die, and dissipate it under the airflow of two 80 mm fans.
GeForce GTX 970

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they copied over the 290x numbers
You guys do realize that this site uses passmark which doesn't recognize dual gpus. This is only using half of the gpu.If you don't believe me:http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-295X2-vs-Radeon-R9-290X
You do realize that this site uses passmark which doesn't recognize dual gpus. This is only using half of the gpu.If you don't believe me: http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-295X2-vs-Radeon-R9-290X Also youre a fucking idiot for paying 200 more to get a weaker card just because its nvidia
You can't compare single versus dual GPU. It is like comparing a 780 with a 7990. They are different worlds. You can go here: http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-295X2-vs-GeForce-GTX-TITAN-Z A dual gpu can render well with 4K but never be stable as a single. SINGLE R9 290X <<< GTX 780Ti R9 390 <<< GTX 980 R9 Fury 4GB HBM <<< GTX TITAN Black or TITAN X DUAL R9 295X2 <<< GTX TITAN Z or GTX 970/980 SLI R9 290 CFX <<< GTX 970 SLI R9 290X CFX <<< GTX 980 SLI R9 390 <<< GTX 980 SLI R9 390X <<< 980T GTX SLI Here there R9 295X2 that compared with GTX 970 SLI If you want compare single vs dual do it with similar prices (GTX 970 350$ vs R9 295X2 700$): R9 295X2 vs GTX980Ti or GTX TITAN X Talking on 4K: You have more performance with GTX 980Ti than a R9 295X2. R9 295X2 its better in 5 games. GTX 980Ti its better in other 500 and always works better.
agreed it can defiantly do 4k, I have the palit Jetstream gtx 970.
Absolute bullshit, I'm not an AMD fan first of all, I actually prefer the nvida drivers, but this is just complete bullshit... The 295x2 would destroy the GTX 970 at anything, I don't know where they get their stats
I'll still take 2 GPU's over just 1. If 2 GPU's both running at a frequency of 1 GHz each don't over power a single GPU at 1.1 GHz then slap me and call me Sally because these scores and results make no sense... Plus the texture mapping, pixel rate, and bit rate alone blow the 970 out of the water! That's not including the fact you have 4GB extra memory over the 970 and the 2-295X has almost 250 more rendering processors. Your quality of graphics overall is going to be much better with the 2-295X. Granted, the 970 has better frequencies and processes quicker, but you're lacking the memory bit rate you be should be getting with a GPU that powerful. The 970 is not better then the dual 295X. A single 295X? Yeah, the 970 has a good chance of winning there, but 2-295X's? Hell NO! Don't care what anyone says. I'm in love with both companies, Nvidia has amazingly stable drivers and is great for video/music/picture rendering and editing, while AMD is well priced, powerful, and works with games better (imo of course). So don't use the "AMD fanboy" card. Just stating the facts that are right here on the website. So Dan, you obviously just looked at the scores and went off that rather than researching and looking at the detailed results. THE PROOF IS HERE. Shut up...
When you take two gtx 970 in SLI mode, than you can.
better research! 5760 x 1080 is not 5k, hell not even 4k. 5120 x 2880 is 5k and at that resolution the 970 will be dead won't even manage 20fps in any recent game.
holy shit actually kill yourself please
thanks for clarifying, this GPU Boss BS should be forbidden.
Why pay for an 600 euro for an 980 when you can buy a 295x for 550 euro that doubles its performance ? Even better buy an 290x for 280 euro that is almost as powerfull as a 980 and save yourself 320 euro ! Much better value and you keep alot of cash in the pocket.
no, it is much better
R9 295 x2 is better
I have a 970 and play all my games at 5760 X 1080 so 5k "970 can't play at 4k lmfao. but these scores don't look correct. I can agree with you there
Holy mozes jezus our savior you lost all credit with this GPUBoss........ 295x beats Titan x at 4k gaming Not even 2x 970's beat the 295x on every benchmark held on non payed revieuw site's. Stay away from this site people, this shit is dangerous and should be getting a lawsuit of providing manipulating information.
Woah a fanboy over here! Everybody watch out! Really Dan, the r9 295x walks over the GTX 970 without even trying, NVIDIA did pay for the reviews, it is quite obvious.
this is very fun. GTX 970 is more powerful than R9 295x2, of course GPUBoss, in your imagination. The next will be that a GTX 960 is similar to R9 295X2 THE MOST EPIC FACEPALM IN HISTORY ........................................... ________ ....................................,.... ................``~., .............................,.-"........ ........................"-., .........................,/.............. .............................":, .....................,?.................. .................................\, .................../..................... ..................................,} ................./....................... ...........................,:`^`..} .............../......................... ......................,:"........./ ..............?.....__................... ......................:`.........../ ............./__.(....."~-,_............. ...................,:`........../ .........../(_...."~,_........"~,_.... ................,:`........_/ ..........{.._$;_......"=,_......."-, _.......,.-~-,},.~";/....} ...........((.....*~_......."=-._..... .";,,./`..../"............../ ...,,,___.\`~,......"~.,.............. ......`.....}............../ ............(....`=-,,.......`........... ...........(......;_,,-" ............/.`~,......`-................ .............\....../\ .............\`~.*-,..................... ..............|,./.....\,__ ,,_..........}.>-._\..................... ..............|..............`=~-, .....`=~-,_\_......`\,................... ...............\ ...................`=~-,,.\,............. ................\ ................................`:,,..... .................`\..............__ .....................................`... ...............,%`>--==`` ......................................... ......._,-%.......`\ ...................................,<`... -&``................ `
If only you did proper research, you would have been so much better off.
Gonna call bullshit on the 970 not being able to game at 4K. What games have you tried to play at 4K on your 970?
you are a fucking retard.
SO many people with Cheap AMD's, that want to dream a dream that they compete with the GTX 970, saying things like "nvidia payed them off". Quit crying. Sorry you can't afford NVIDIA. I just bought a new gaming rig, and I chose to pay $200 MORE for a gtx 970. I could have got a radeon 295x2 card that has TWO CARDS WHOOPEE! (that don't add up to ONE gtx). But I didn't. I got the MUCH better GTX. Proof is here. Shut up.
never seen more bs in my life https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t31.0-8/10974317_318764994980090_8349435640953693524_o.jpg
oh wow. this is just.... wow...... People are debating and stuff about GTX Titan and r9 295x as a close comparison.... but this..... this is just wow...... is there any better website that gives a better review than this one without bias?
Well, that was obviously for several years^^ But everyone can clearly see, with a look at the data, that the AMD should be much better. Also you realise it, if you look how many points the R9 290X (single gpu) got in the review section... Only 0.1 point less under "Benchmarks", rest even the same points! -.-
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