GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 380X vs R9 290 among GPUs between $200 and $400

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

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

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

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

7.7

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon R9 290 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 380X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 380X

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Higher effective memory clock speed 5,700 MHz vs 5,000 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,425 MHz vs 1,125 MHz More than 25% higher memory clock speed
Significantly lower TDP 190W vs 300W More than 35% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon R9 290

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AMD Radeon R9 290

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Much higher memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 182.4 GB/s More than 75% higher memory bandwidth
Better PassMark score 7,049 vs 6,048 More than 15% better PassMark score
Higher pixel rate 60.6 GPixel/s vs 31.04 GPixel/s More than 95% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Better floating-point performance 4,800 GFLOPS vs 3,973 GFLOPS More than 20% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 152 GTexel/s vs 124.2 GTexel/s More than 20% higher texture rate
Better fire strike factor score 71.97 vs 56.18 Around 30% better fire strike factor score
More shading units 2,560 vs 2,048 512 more shading units
More texture mapping units 160 vs 128 32 more texture mapping units
More compute units 40 vs 32 8 more compute units
Better video composition score 113.27 frames/s vs 93.24 frames/s More than 20% better video composition score
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 380X vs 290

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
478.65 mHash/s
Radeon R9 290
548.74 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
81.44 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 290
108.73 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
1,498.03 frames/s
Radeon R9 290
2,475.31 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
582.48 mInteraction/s
Radeon R9 290
788.3 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
6.78 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 380X  vs 290 

9.1
9.4
It yields additional performance to beat the GTX 780 by increasing maximum fan speed from 40% to 47.
Radeon R9 290

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