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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 15% 41%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 29%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2% 25%
Hitman 3 50% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 62% 99%
FIFA 21 42% 29%
Far Cry 6 67% 105%
Genshin Impact 15% 41%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 65% 103%
Watch Dogs Legion 11% 36%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition.

The GTX 770 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290X, but the R9 290X has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 770. As a result, the R9 290X exhibits a 28.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 770. 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 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290X, but the R9 290X has 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 770. As a result, the R9 290X exhibits a 27.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 770. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The 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 R9 290X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 770, 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 89.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 770, which means that the memory performance of the R9 290X is much better than the GTX 770.

The Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 290X is 2394 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 770 is 1846. The R9 290X having 548 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 GTX 770.

The Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition requires 300 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 290X and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 770. The R9 290X has been recommended a PSU with 150 Watts more than the GTX 770. The difference is significant enough that the R9 290X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 770.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1150 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1202 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Hawaii XTKepler GK104-425-A2
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date06 Jan 2014vs30 Jun 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
9.8
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8.9
2560x1440
7.5
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6.5
3840x2160
5.7
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4.8

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1800 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth320GB/secvs230.4GB/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 Units2816vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs89%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs128
Texture Rate176 GTexel/svs147.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate64 GPixel/svs36.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Watts-
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 50 Ampsvs600 Watts

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 i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 290X, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit Remains the Same.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
Exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference.

Performance
Without Any Overclock Out of The Box, Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition is as fast as the reference Radeon R9 290X.
GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition is a special edition of GeForce GTX 770.
This edition comes with a custom dual fan cooling solution which by itself should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 770 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 1046MHz to 1150MHz while its boost clock is now of 1202MHz. The memory clock was increased to 1800MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this edition performs slightly better than GeForce GTX 590.
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