AMD Radeon R9 290X vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Comparison of Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti architecture, market type and release date.
Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti: 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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
R9 290X 34.28 +15.5%
GTX 1050 Ti 29.69
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
R9 290X 332042
GTX 1050 Ti 352876 +6.3%
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
R9 290X 73987 +45.2%
GTX 1050 Ti 50939
3DMark Fire Strike Score
R9 290X 9835 +44.3%
GTX 1050 Ti 6816
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
R9 290X 11717 +56.5%
GTX 1050 Ti 7485
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
R9 290X 16168 +71%
GTX 1050 Ti 9453
R9 290X 7425 +15.5%
GTX 1050 Ti 6431
Rendering quality tests
GFXBench render quality
GFXBench high precision render quality
Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
623 Mh/s +91.1%
326 Mh/s −91.1%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.07 Gh/s +5.9%
1.01 Gh/s −5.9%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
25.75 Mh/s +104%
12.62 Mh/s −104%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.76 kh/s +153.3%
0.3 kh/s −153.3%
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
350 Sol/s +123.7%
156.48 Sol/s −123.7%
Let's see how good Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 290X
15.5% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (512 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2816 vs 768)
Higher memory bandwidth (320 vs 112 GB/s)
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
AMD PowerTune technology
AMD ZeroCore Power technology
AMD App Acceleration
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Much newer (25 October 2016 vs 24 October 2013)
Cheaper ($139 vs $549)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (75 vs 250 watts)
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
3D Vision Surround
So, R9 290X or GTX 1050 Ti?
Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon R9 290X.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.