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

PassMark, 3DMark Vantage Graphics and 3DMark06

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

PassMark Direct Compute and CLBenchmark Raytrace

GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks and Compute Performance

AMD Radeon R9 290X 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon R9 290X  based on its gaming and benchmarks.

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AMD Radeon R9 290X

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 M290X

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Much lower TDP 100W vs 300W 3x lower TDP
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Significantly better PassMark score 7,156 vs 2,547 More than 2.8x better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 42,403.5 vs 24,205 More than 75% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly better 3DMark06 score 16,167.5 vs 6,817 More than 2.2x better 3DMark06 score
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Significantly better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 2,176 GFLOPS More than 2.5x better floating-point performance
Significantly higher texture rate 176 GTexel/s vs 68 GTexel/s More than 2.5x higher texture rate
Higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 27.2 GPixel/s More than 2.2x higher pixel rate
Significantly more shading units 2,816 vs 1,280 1536 more shading units
More texture mapping units 176 vs 80 96 more texture mapping units
More render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Significantly higher BioShock infinite framerate 94.9 fps vs 46.8 fps More than 2x higher BioShock infinite framerate
More compute units 44 vs 20 24 more compute units
Better particle simulation score 820.17 mInteraction/s vs 350.19 mInteraction/s More than 2.2x better particle simulation score
Higher turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 10% higher turbo clock speed
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 M290X vs 290X

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

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

3DMark06 Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 9 GPU performance

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining)

Radeon R9 M290X
299.99 mHash/s
Radeon R9 290X
623.11 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Radeon R9 M290X
51.02 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 290X
108.45 mPixels/s

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

Radeon R9 M290X
46.8 fps
Radeon R9 290X
94.9 fps


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