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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition SLI Radeon R9 290X
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 50%
eFootball PES 2020 43% 33%
The Division 2 40% 67%
Doom Eternal 21% 6%
Metro: Exodus 40% 67%
Borderlands 3 3% 15%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 67%
Watch Dogs Legion 3% 15%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 29% 54%
FIFA 20 44% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition SLI are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R9 290X.

The GTX 770 has a 58 MHz higher core clock speed and 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 290X. This results in the GTX 770 providing 94.8 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 770 has a 58 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 290X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 770 providing 3.7 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 Radeon R9 290X was released less than a year after the GTX 770, 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 GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition SLI and the Radeon R9 290X have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 770 has 128.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 290X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 770 is massively better than the Radeon R9 290X.

The GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition SLI has 3072 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 770 is 3410 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 290X is 2394. The GTX 770 having 1016 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 770 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 290X.

The Radeon R9 290X requires 290 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 770. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 770 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 290X. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1058 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1110 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK104-425-A2 (x2)GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date30 May 2013vs24 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3072vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs176
Texture Rate270.8 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate67.7 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-290 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe SLI setup of GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition.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 CPUIntel 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
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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