AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
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  • Core clock speed 924
  • Max video memory 2x 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5000
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
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  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory 2x 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
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Games supported 83%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating220212
Value for money26.71no data
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)GCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameno dataNeptune CF
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date5 January 2015
(8 years old)
1 March 2014
(8 years old)
Current price$149 no data
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores20482560
Core clock speed924 MHz850 MHz
Boost clock speed950 MHz900 MHz
Number of transistors2x 5200 Million2x 2800 Million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)no data200 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelargelarge
SLI options+no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2x 4 GB2x 4 GB
Memory bus width128 Bit2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed5000 MHz4800 MHz
Shared memory--

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Optimus+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12_112 (FL 11_1)
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 965M SLI 18.85
R9 M290X Crossfire 19.36
+2.7%
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 965M SLI 14428
+2%
R9 M290X Crossfire 14147

GeForce GTX 965M SLI outperforms Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire by 2% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 965M SLI 51182
R9 M290X Crossfire 71977
+40.6%

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire outperforms GeForce GTX 965M SLI by 41% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 965M SLI 7815
R9 M290X Crossfire 8176
+4.6%

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire outperforms GeForce GTX 965M SLI by 5% in 3DMark Fire Strike Score.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 965M SLI 10207
R9 M290X Crossfire 10551
+3.4%

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire outperforms GeForce GTX 965M SLI by 3% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD72
+10.8%
65
−10.8%

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
−3.4%
30−33
+3.4%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
−2.6%
35−40
+2.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−3.2%
30−35
+3.2%
Battlefield 5 60−65
−1.6%
60−65
+1.6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
−2%
50−55
+2%
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
−3.4%
30−33
+3.4%
Far Cry 5 45−50
−2%
50−55
+2%
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
−2%
50−55
+2%
Forza Horizon 4 65−70
−3.1%
65−70
+3.1%
Hitman 3 50−55
−3.8%
55−60
+3.8%
Horizon Zero Dawn 40−45
−5%
40−45
+5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
+0%
30−35
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
−5.1%
40−45
+5.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
−2.6%
35−40
+2.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−3.2%
30−35
+3.2%
Battlefield 5 60−65
−1.6%
60−65
+1.6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
−2%
50−55
+2%
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
−3.4%
30−33
+3.4%
Far Cry 5 45−50
−2%
50−55
+2%
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
−2%
50−55
+2%
Forza Horizon 4 65−70
−3.1%
65−70
+3.1%
Hitman 3 50−55
−3.8%
55−60
+3.8%
Horizon Zero Dawn 40−45
−5%
40−45
+5%
Metro Exodus 27−30
−3.4%
30−33
+3.4%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
+0%
30−35
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
−5.1%
40−45
+5.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 40−45
−2.4%
40−45
+2.4%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
−2.6%
35−40
+2.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−3.2%
30−35
+3.2%
Battlefield 5 60−65
−1.6%
60−65
+1.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
−3.4%
30−33
+3.4%
Far Cry 5 45−50
−2%
50−55
+2%
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
−2%
50−55
+2%
Forza Horizon 4 65−70
−3.1%
65−70
+3.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 40−45
−2.4%
40−45
+2.4%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
−3.4%
30−33
+3.4%
Hitman 3 30−33
−3.3%
30−35
+3.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
−4%
24−27
+4%
Metro Exodus 16−18
−5.9%
18−20
+5.9%
Red Dead Redemption 2 14−16
+0%
14−16
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
+0%
24−27
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20−22
+0%
20−22
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
−6.3%
16−18
+6.3%
Battlefield 5 40−45
−4.9%
40−45
+4.9%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−3.2%
30−35
+3.2%
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
−2.6%
40−45
+2.6%
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14
+0%
12−14
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
−7.1%
14−16
+7.1%
Hitman 3 18−20
−5.6%
18−20
+5.6%
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
−7.7%
14−16
+7.7%
Metro Exodus 10−11
+0%
10−11
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
+0%
10−12
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
+0%
12−14
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 18−20
−5.3%
20−22
+5.3%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
+0%
9−10
+0%
Battlefield 5 21−24
−4.5%
21−24
+4.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry 5 14−16
−6.7%
16−18
+6.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
+0%
18−20
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
+0%
24−27
+0%
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8
−14.3%
8−9
+14.3%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 18.85 19.36
Recency 5 January 2015 1 March 2014
Memory bus width 128 256
Pipelines / CUDA cores 2048 2560

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
GeForce GTX 965M SLI

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AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 965M SLI by AMD

According to our data, the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 965M SLI by AMD is Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000), which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire by NVIDIA

According to our data, the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire by NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 780M SLI, which is slower by 1% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

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