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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1070 EVGA FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB Edition Radeon R9 290X
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 50%
Control 21% 91%
eFootball PES 2020 53% 26%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6% 67%
Borderlands 3 27% 15%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 2% 54%
Red Dead Redemption 2 5% 50%
FIFA 20 63% 42%
F1 2019 21% 24%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 EVGA FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 290X.

The GTX 1070 has a 607 MHz higher core clock speed but 56 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 290X. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 1070 manages to provide 16.8 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 1070 has a 607 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 290X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 1070 providing 38.8 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 1070 was released over a year more recently than the Radeon R9 290X, and so the GTX 1070 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon R9 290X.

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 1070 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 1070 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R9 290X has 63.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 1070, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 290X is much better than the GTX 1070.

The GeForce GTX 1070 EVGA FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB Edition has 1920 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1070 is 4658 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 290X is 2394. The GTX 1070 having 2264 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1070 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 290X.

The GTX 1070 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon R9 290X. This means that the GTX 1070 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon R9 290X.

The GeForce GTX 1070 EVGA FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB Edition requires 215 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 290X requires 290 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 1070 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 290X. The Radeon R9 290X requires 75 Watts more than the GTX 1070 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 290X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1070.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1607 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1797 MHzvs-
ArchitecturePascal P104-200-A1GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date10 Jun 2016vs24 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256.3GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1920vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units120vs176
Texture Rate192.8 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate102.8 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Wattsvs290 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1070 EVGA FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 1070, created by EVGA.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1506MHz to 1607MHz, whereas the Boost Clock can now achieve 1797MHz, instead of 1683MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
EVGA ACX 3.0 once again brings new and exciting features to the award winning EVGA ACX cooling technology. SHP 2.0 gives increased heatpipes and copper contact area for cooler operation, and optimized fan curve for even quieter gaming.

At 1920x1080, Benchmarks Indicate a 5% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 1070. This goes up to 7% at 3840x2160.
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 Opteron 6344
AMD Ryzen R7 Pro 1700
Intel Xeon E5-2695 v3
Intel Core i7-5930K 6-Core 3.5GHz
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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