GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 380X vs R9 290X 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

8.2

Overall Score

Winner
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 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 1,250 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Significantly lower TDP 190W vs 300W More than 35% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon R9 290X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 290X

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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 7,331 vs 6,048 More than 20% better PassMark score
Better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 3,973 GFLOPS More than 40% better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 31.04 GPixel/s More than 2x higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Higher texture rate 176 GTexel/s vs 124.2 GTexel/s More than 40% higher texture rate
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 sky diver factor score 432.93 vs 365.47 Around 20% better sky diver factor score
Better bitcoin mining score 624.45 mHash/s vs 478.65 mHash/s More than 30% better bitcoin mining score
More compute units 44 vs 32 12 more compute units
Higher metro: last light framerate 77.5 vs 64 More than 20% higher metro: last light framerate
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 3,510 vs 2,984 Around 20% better PassMark direct compute score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 380X vs 290X

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

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

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

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

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
1,498.03 frames/s
Radeon R9 290X
2,415.99 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

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

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Metro: Last Light

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 380X  vs 290X 

9.1
9.2
Please note that we are discussing 2560x1600 here because it is the absolute minimum resolution you should use for 290X CrossFire.
Radeon R9 290X

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290x win clearly
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