AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire vs R9 M290X Crossfire

AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN
 
GCN
Code name
Neptune CF
 
Neptune CF
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
1 May 2012
 
1 March 2014

Technical specs

Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2560
 
2560
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
850 MHz
Boost Clock
900 MHz
 
900 MHz
Transistor count
n/d
 
2x 2800 Million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
200 Watt
 
200 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire 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 size
large
 
large

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
n/d
 
2x 4 GB
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
4800 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

HD 8970M Crossfire 39.07 +15.5%
R9 M290X Crossfire 33.84

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

HD 8970M Crossfire 70114
R9 M290X Crossfire 71977 +2.7%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

HD 8970M Crossfire 8145
R9 M290X Crossfire 8176 +0.4%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

HD 8970M Crossfire 10354
R9 M290X Crossfire 10551 +1.9%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

HD 8970M Crossfire 12424
R9 M290X Crossfire 14147 +13.9%

3DMark Vantage Performance

HD 8970M Crossfire 34215 +4.3%
R9 M290X Crossfire 32792

Unigine Heaven 3.0

HD 8970M Crossfire 123 +0.8%
R9 M290X Crossfire 122

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

15.5% faster in synthetic tests

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

Much newer (1 March 2014 vs 1 May 2012)

So, HD 8970M Crossfire or R9 M290X Crossfire?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire.
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