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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming Edition Crossfire GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition
Hitman 3 8% 90%
Cyberpunk 2077 17% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 24% 34%
Resident Evil 8 17% 46%
FIFA 21 58% 26%
Grand Theft Auto VI 16% 105%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 27% 29%
Genshin Impact 17% 46%
Far Cry 6 20% 111%
The Medium 3% 82%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming Edition Crossfire are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition.

The GTX 680 has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290X, but the R9 290X has 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 680. As a result, the R9 290X exhibits a 224 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 680. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 680 has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290X, but the R9 290X has 96 more Render Output Units than the GTX 680. As a result, the R9 290X exhibits a 97.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 680. 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 GTX 680, 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 GTX 680.

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 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 680, 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 447.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 680, which means that the memory performance of the R9 290X is massively better than the GTX 680.

The Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming Edition Crossfire has 5632 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 290X is 4979 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1806. The R9 290X having 3173 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 680.

The Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming Edition Crossfire requires 580 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 290X and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680. The R9 290X requires 385 Watts more than the GTX 680 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 290X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 680.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1040 MHzvs1110 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1176 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Hawaii XT (x2)Kepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date01 Dec 2013vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
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8.8
2560x1440 - vs green tick
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3840x2160 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth640GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 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 Units5632vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs87%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units352vs128
Texture Rate366.1 GTexel/svs142.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs32
Pixel Rate133.1 GPixel/svs35.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power580 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU1000 Watts & 67 Ampsvs550 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming Edition Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming Edition put together using AMD's Crossfire technology.

GPU: Changes
Check the page of [Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming Edition](http://www.game-debate.com/hardware/index.php?gid=1997&graphics=Radeon%20R9%20290X%20MSI%20Gaming%20Edition) for more details.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming Edition in Crossfire.
GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 680. See the standard version for more information about it.
Compared to the standard version, GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition features an increased core-clock that went from 1006MHz to 1110MHz and the turbo boost from 1100MHz to 1176MHz. The amount of memory was also increased from 2GB to 4GB, proving useful if gaming at high resolutions and using many image improving techniques, though we consider this excessive.
Expect a 9% performance boost when compared to the standard card.
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