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Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked DS 4GB Edition Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked DS 4GB Edition.

The GT 740 has a 39 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 270X, but the R9 270X has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 740. As a result, the R9 270X exhibits a 47.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 740. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 740 has a 39 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 270X, but the R9 270X has 16 more Render Output Units than the GT 740. As a result, the R9 270X exhibits a 15.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 740. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 740 was released less than a year after the R9 270X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked DS 4GB Edition and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC 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 270X has 150.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 740, which means that the memory performance of the R9 270X is massively better than the GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked DS 4GB Edition has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 740 is 407 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1164. The R9 270X having 757 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 270X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked DS 4GB Edition requires 64 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GT 740 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X. The R9 270X requires 116 Watts more than the GT 740 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 270X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 740.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1059 MHzvs1020 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1070 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK107-425-A2GCN 1.1 Curacao XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date29 May 2014vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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9.5
1920x1080
3.9
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7.6
2560x1440
2.6
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5.5
3840x2160
1.7
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed891 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth28.5GB/secvs179.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs1280
Actual Shader Performance20%vs56%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs80
Texture Rate33.9 GTexel/svs81.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate16.9 GPixel/svs32.6 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power64 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 20 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked DS 4GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce GT 740.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution which will not yield any performance boost, as GeForce GT 740 does not benefit from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 993MHz to 1059MHz, while the memory clock was left untouched.
Furthermore, the frame buffer was doubled to 4GB though this will not boost its performance and can be addressed as an extreme gimmick - insane marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.
Benchmarks indicate a performance boost of 3% and thus GeForce GTX 650 is still faster.
Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Vapor-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1020MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1070MHz.
Furthermore, the card has twice as much memory when compared to the reference card. However, this card will not benefit from extra memory and thus such feature ends up being useless.
Expect little or no performance boost over the standard edition and exactly the same performance as "Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 2GB OC Edition"
Recommended CPUIntel Celeron J1850 2.0GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 255
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5800 3.20GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 245
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5700 3GHz
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2
Intel Core i7-2600S 4-Core 2.8GHz
Intel Core i3-7320 2-Core 4.1GHz
Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4GHz
Intel Core i5-4460S 2.9GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM)
Radeon R7 260X Crossfire
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