Amd’s answer to Nvidia’s 7 series is finally here. Can they smash their green foe and take the performance crown? Let’s find out.
|R9 290x||7970 GHZ||GeForce GTX TITAN||GeForce GTX 780||GTX 680|
|GPU||Hawaii XT||Tahiti XT2||GK110||GK110||GK104-425|
|SPs / Cuda Cores||2816||2048||2688||2304||1536|
|Core Clock (Boost)||1000MHz||1050 MHz||876 MHz||902 MHz||1058 MHz|
|Memory||4GB GDDR5||3GB GDDR5||6GB GDDR5||3GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5|
|Bandwidth||300+ GB/sec||288 GB/sec||288.4 GB/sec||288.4 GB/sec||192.256 GB/sec|
AMD has really hit Nvidia hard with this new GPU. The 290x on average beats the GTX 780 and comes close to the Titan for $100 less than the GTX 780. Yes, the AMD R9 290x launched at $550, where as Nvidia still has their price tag from launch at $650 for the GTX 780 and $1000 for the Titan. The only down side to the r9 290x is the temperatures. The Titan runs around 80C on load, where as the r9 290x can hit up to 95C on load. So, AMD’s card while hot still manages to edge out over the competition. In the end the ball is now in Nvidia’s court as fans await a potential price drop and the upcoming GTX 780 TI.