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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition
Borderlands 3 72% 3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 64% 34%
Cyberpunk 2077 64% 34%
eFootball PES 2020 82% 33%
Need For Speed Heat 74% 3%
FIFA 20 86% 48%
Grand Theft Auto VI 60% 49%
Red Dead Redemption 2 64% 34%
Need For Speed 2019 74% 3%
Remnant: From the Ashes 75% 9%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition.

The RTX 2080 Ti has a 310 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 290X. This results in the RTX 2080 Ti providing 184.2 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 RTX 2080 Ti has a 310 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Render Output Units than the R9 290X. This results in the RTX 2080 Ti providing 52.2 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 RTX 2080 Ti was released over three years more recently than the R9 290X, and so the RTX 2080 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the R9 290X 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 RTX 2080 Ti has 3072 MB more video memory than the R9 290X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RTX 2080 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The RTX 2080 Ti has 296 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 290X, which means that the memory performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is massively better than the R9 290X.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI has 4352 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is 7116 and the actual shader performance of the R9 290X is 2489. The RTX 2080 Ti having 4627 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RTX 2080 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 290X.

The RTX 2080 Ti transistor size technology is 16 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 290X. This means that the RTX 2080 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 290X.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI requires 260 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition requires 290 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the RTX 2080 Ti and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 290X. The R9 290X requires 30 Watts more than the RTX 2080 Ti to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R9 290X to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the RTX 2080 Ti.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1350 MHzvs1040 MHz
Boost Clock1635 MHzvs-
ArchitectureTuring TU102-300A-K1-A1GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date20 Sep 2018vs06 Nov 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory11264 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus352 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth616GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 6144 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4352vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units272vs176
Texture Rate367.2 GTexel/svs183 GTexel/s
Render Output Units88vs64
Pixel Rate118.8 GPixel/svs66.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power260 Wattsvs290 Watts
Recommended PSU650 Wattsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the top RTX 20 Series graphics card and considered an Enthusiast graphics card based on the Turing architecture. Architecture The Turing architecture represents a process shrink down to 12nm compared to 14nm Pascal. The Turing architecture provides the world's first consumer support for real-time ray-tracing technology, or RTX. GPU It equips a GPU Codenamed TU102 which has 4352 Shader Processing Units, 272 TMUs and 88 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1350MHz and goes up to 1545MHz in Boost mode. It also has 544 Tensor Cores for AI purposes. Memory The GPU accesses an 11GB frame buffer of first-gen GDDR6 memory through a 352-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1750MHz, or 14GHz effective. Power Consumption With a rated board TDP of 285W, it requires at least a 650W PSU with two 8-pin power connectors. System Suggestions GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a top-End Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.Overview
Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's high-end Radeon R9 290X, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1040MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock remains the same while the Frame Buffer was doubled to 8GB: which only proves to be useful when gaming at 3K or more.

Cooling Solution
The reference AMD Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Twin Frozr IV Double Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 12% performance over the reference Radeon R9 290X 4GB.
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