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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 17% 46%
Hitman 3 52% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 7% 34%
Resident Evil 8 17% 46%
FIFA 21 41% 26%
Grand Theft Auto VI 65% 105%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 4% 29%
The Medium 46% 82%
Genshin Impact 17% 46%
Far Cry 6 69% 111%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition.

The GTX 680 has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290, but the R9 290 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 680. As a result, the R9 290 exhibits a 24.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 680. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 680 has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290, but the R9 290 has 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 680. As a result, the R9 290 exhibits a 31.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 680. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 290 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 680, and so the R9 290 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 680.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 290 has 127.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 680, which means that the memory performance of the R9 290 is massively better than the GTX 680.

The Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 290 is 2263 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1806. The R9 290 having 457 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 290 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 680.

The Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition requires 275 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 290 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680. The R9 290 requires 80 Watts more than the GTX 680 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 290 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 680.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1040 MHzvs1110 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1176 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Hawaii PROKepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date05 Dec 2013vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
9.7
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8.8
2560x1440
7.4
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6.4
3840x2160
5.6
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4.7

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth320GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs87%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs128
Texture Rate166.4 GTexel/svs142.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate66.6 GPixel/svs35.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power275 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs550 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 947MHz to 1040MHz. The memory clock was left untouched. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom triple fan solution which will reduce its temperature under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost over the reference card.
GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 680. See the standard version for more information about it.
Compared to the standard version, GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition features an increased core-clock that went from 1006MHz to 1110MHz and the turbo boost from 1100MHz to 1176MHz. The amount of memory was also increased from 2GB to 4GB, proving useful if gaming at high resolutions and using many image improving techniques, though we consider this excessive.
Expect a 9% performance boost when compared to the standard card.
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