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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Radeon R9 M290X GeForce GTX 765M
Cyberpunk 2077 135% 265%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 115% 233%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 108% 223%
Hitman 3 206% 374%
Grand Theft Auto VI 231% 413%
FIFA 21 19% 84%
Far Cry 6 241% 427%
Genshin Impact 135% 265%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 238% 423%
Watch Dogs Legion 127% 252%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 M290X are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M.

The Radeon R9 M290X and the GeForce GTX 765M have the same core clock speed of 850 MHz, but the Radeon R9 M290X has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 765M. As a result, the Radeon R9 M290X exhibits a 13.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 765M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R9 M290X and the GeForce GTX 765M have the same core clock speed of 850 MHz, but the Radeon R9 M290X has 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 765M. As a result, the Radeon R9 M290X exhibits a 13.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 765M. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R9 M290X was released less than a year after the GeForce GTX 765M, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon R9 M290X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 765M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R9 M290X also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R9 M290X has 89.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 765M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 M290X is much better than the GeForce GTX 765M.

The Radeon R9 M290X has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 765M has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 M290X is 979 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 765M is 653. The Radeon R9 M290X having 326 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 M290X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 765M.

The Radeon R9 M290X requires 100 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 765M requires 65 Watts. The Radeon R9 M290X requires 35 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 765M to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 M290X may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 765M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock900 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Neptune XTKepler GK106-N14E-GE-B-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date09 Jan 2014vs30 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1200 MHzvs1002 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth153.6GB/secvs64.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs768
Actual Shader Performance47%vs31%
Texture Mapping Units80vs64
Texture Rate68 GTexel/svs54.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate27.2 GPixel/svs13.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power100 Wattsvs65 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-3630QM 4-Core 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 M290X is a high-end mobile graphics card based on the second revision of the GCN architecture.
It packs a Core codenamed Neptune XT which stirs from the Pitcairn XT Core used on the high-end desktop Radeon HD 7870. The Neptune XT Core offers the same core-configuration as the Pitcairn XT Core (1280:80:32) but has support for DirectX 11.2 and AMD's latest technologies, including AMD PowerTune technology but not AMD TrueAudio technology.
The central unit runs at 850MHz and goes up to 900MHz and the memory clock operates at 1200MHz. The rated TDP board is of 100W and thus Radeon R9 M290X is only suited for large laptops.
Radeon R9 M290X has been identified as a rebadged Radeon HD 8970M and will offer exactly the same performance. Thus, most demanding games can be played at high-settings fluently, using a 1080p resolution.
GeForce GTX 760M is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Kepler Architecture.

The Kepler Architecture was NVIDIA's big step to power efficiency. Each Stream Multiprocessor (SMX) now hosts 192 Shader Processing Units - against the 48 of older Fermi Architecture, and has been redesigned being now clocked at the same speed of the Central Unit. This means they are more energy efficient and will consequently lead to cooler operating temperatures. However, it also means they are weaker. It can be said that one Fermi SMX is as fast as 2 Kepler SMXs.
Additionally, and not available in all GPUs, Kepler also introduced the Boost Clock Feature. The Boost Clock is an even higher Clock Speed activated when in gaming mode and becomes the effective speed of the GPU.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GK106-N14E-GE-B-A1 which has 4 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 850MHz.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1002MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, Kepler Boost, Optimus, CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 65W, it is suited for large laptops.

Despite being underclocked, when compared to GeForce GTX 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 765M ends up performing better in most cases as fast since the Kepler Boost 2.0 Technology allows an even higher Central Unit Speed, which most times exceeds the 950MHz.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance is on average with the desktop GeForce GTX 650 Ti.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Powerful Processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 765M.
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