GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 M290X vs R9 290X


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

BioShock Infinite


Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

3DMark Vantage Graphics and 3DMark06

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

Passmark Direct Compute and CLBenchmark Raytrace

No winner declared

Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 M290X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 M290X

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Much lower TDP 100W vs 300W 3x lower TDP
Front view of Radeon R9 290X

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AMD Radeon R9 290X

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Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 38,367 vs 24,205 Around 60% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 2,176 GFLOPS More than 2.5x better floating-point performance
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Better 3DMark06 score 15,980.5 vs 6,817 More than 2.2x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly higher texture rate 176 GTexel/s vs 68 GTexel/s More than 2.5x higher texture rate
Significantly higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 27.2 GPixel/s More than 2.2x higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Significantly more shading units 2,816 vs 1,280 1536 more shading units
Significantly more texture mapping units 176 vs 80 96 more texture mapping units
Significantly more compute units 44 vs 20 24 more compute units
Significantly higher BioShock infinite framerate 94.9 fps vs 46.8 fps More than 2x higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 10% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 M290X vs 290X

3DMark Vantage Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 10 GPU performance

Just like 3DMark 11, you can see the score in both presets is ahead of all the other setups here thanks to that very strong overclock.
Radeon R9 M290X | by Shawn-Baker (Mar, 2014)

3DMark06 Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 9 GPU performance

3DMark’s texel fill test is one of a handful of tests where the 290 and 290X are actually separated by as much as the theoretical performance difference implies they should be.
Radeon R9 M290X | by Ryan-Smith (Nov, 2013)

BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

Radeon R9 M290X
46.8 fps
Radeon R9 290X
94.9 fps
Notice that not one of them actually averaged over 900 MHz (though Skyrim got very close) and Bioshock Infinite actually was the slowest at 821 MHz.
Radeon R9 M290X | by Ryan-Shrout (Oct, 2013)


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