GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of RX 480 vs R9 290X 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

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AMD Radeon RX 480

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Front view of Radeon RX 480

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon RX 480

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon RX 480

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Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 8,000 MHz vs 5,000 MHz 60% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,120 MHz vs 1,000 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Slightly better PassMark score 8,078 vs 7,322 More than 10% better PassMark score
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,000 MHz vs 1,250 MHz 60% higher memory clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 1,266 MHz vs 1,000 MHz More than 25% higher turbo clock speed
Much lower TDP 150W vs 300W 2x lower TDP
Better PassMark direct compute score 4,425 vs 3,504 More than 25% better PassMark direct compute score
Slightly higher battlefield 4 framerate 82 vs 68.75 Around 20% higher battlefield 4 framerate
Front view of Radeon R9 290X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 290X

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Higher memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 256 GB/s 25% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Higher pixel rate 64 GPixel/s vs 40.5 GPixel/s Around 60% higher pixel rate
More shading units 2,816 vs 2,304 512 more shading units
More texture mapping units 176 vs 144 32 more texture mapping units
More compute units 44 vs 36 8 more compute units
Slightly wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon RX 480 vs R9 290X

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
609.64 mHash/s
Radeon R9 290X
623.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
120.45 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 290X
118.16 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
2,128.96 frames/s
Radeon R9 290X
2,413.46 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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