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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition Crossfire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 8% 85%
eFootball PES 2020 52% 17%
Grand Theft Auto VI 20% 106%
Borderlands 3 17% 42%
Metro: Exodus 20% 106%
Doom Eternal 33% 16%
The Division 2 20% 106%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 85%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 11% 90%
FIFA 20 52% 18%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition Crossfire are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition.

The HD 7970 has a 60 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290X, but the R9 290X has 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7970. As a result, the R9 290X exhibits a 225.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 7970. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7970 has a 60 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290X, but the R9 290X has 96 more Render Output Units than the HD 7970. As a result, the R9 290X exhibits a 97.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7970. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 290X was released over a year more recently than the HD 7970, and so the R9 290X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7970.

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 R9 290X has 2048 MB more video memory than the HD 7970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 290X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 290X has 352 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7970, which means that the memory performance of the R9 290X is massively better than the HD 7970.

The Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition Crossfire has 5632 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 290X is 4979 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 2002. The R9 290X having 2977 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 290X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7970.

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition requires 265 Watts to run but there is no entry for the R9 290X.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1040 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1150 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Hawaii XT (x2)GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date01 Dec 2013vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth640GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units5632vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs96%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units352vs128
Texture Rate366.1 GTexel/svs140.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs32
Pixel Rate133.1 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

Max Power-265 Watts
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GPU Features

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

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Crossfire setup of Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition Crossfire.Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
It comes with 2 modes: a default core-clock of 1050MHz that goes up to 1100MHz in Turbo or a default core-clock of 1100MHz that goes up to 1200MHz. It also features a new cooling system with 2 huge fans. The memory clock will also be raised to 1600MHz, if using the highest option (lethal Turbo mode).
Using the lethal turbo mode, the performance boost is around 6% than reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
Recommended CPUAMD Ryzen R5 1600X
Intel Core i7-4790S 4-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6278
Intel Core i7-7700T 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-980 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU III OC Strix Gaming 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
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