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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI Radeon R9 290X
Cyberpunk 2077 4% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7% 67%
F1 2019 20% 24%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4% 50%
eFootball PES 2020 57% 33%
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 58% 34%
Borderlands 3 26% 15%
The Division 2 7% 67%
World War Z 60% 38%
Doom Eternal 40% 6%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 290X.

The GTX 970 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 290X. This results in the GTX 970 providing 42.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 970 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R9 290X. This results in the GTX 970 providing 70.4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 970 was released less than a year after the Radeon R9 290X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 GTX 970 has 4096 MB more video memory than the Radeon R9 290X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 970 has 128.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 290X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the Radeon R9 290X.

The GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI has 3328 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 5293 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 290X is 2394. The GTX 970 having 2899 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 290X.

The GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI requires 325 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 290X requires 290 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 290X. The GTX 970 requires 35 Watts more than the Radeon R9 290X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 970 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R9 290X.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1178 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1 (x2)GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs24 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3328vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units208vs176
Texture Rate218.4 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs64
Pixel Rate134.4 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power325 Wattsvs290 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
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 i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 970 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 3328 Shader Processing Units, 208 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1050MHz and goes up to 1178MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI is over 25% faster than Radeon HD 7990 and almost as fast as AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI.
Radeon R9 290X is a high-end graphics card and the most powerful single graphics card of the Radeon R-200 Series.
It packs a Hawaii XT Core which offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface.
While the central unit runs at 1000MHz, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is slightly better than GeForce GTX Titan and considerably better than GeForce GTX 780. Its release price of $549 makes Radeon R9 290X an extremely competitive graphics card. It was most powerful single-graphics-card available until November 2013.
Please note that this card is known to heat a lot and requires a very powerful PSU.
Recommended CPUAMD Ryzen R7 Pro 1700
Intel Xeon E5-2695 v3
Intel Core i7-5930K 6-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Xeon E5-2680
Intel Core i7-4771 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4770R 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-990X 6-Core 3.47GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU Variants-Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition

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