R9 290X vs HD 7970M Crossfire
Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.
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.
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on Radeon R9 290X and Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire 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). 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.
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.
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.
Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.
Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
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.
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.
3DMark Vantage Performance
3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.
Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 290X and Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
R9 290X satisfies 97% minimum and 87% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
HD 7970M Crossfire satisfies 97% minimum and 86% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:
Competitors of Radeon R9 290X from NVIDIA
The nearest Radeon R9 290X's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, which is faster by 1% and higher by 1 position in our rating.
Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon R9 290X:
Competitors of Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire from NVIDIA
The nearest Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 680M SLI, which is faster by 2% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire:
Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 290X
9.8% higher performance in benchmarks
Much newer (24 October 2013 vs 1 May 2012)
Wider memory bus (512 vs 256 bit)
More pipelines (2816 vs 2560)
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)
Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
Cheaper ($126 vs $469)
Lower power consumption (200W vs 290W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.
So, which one is the better GPU?
Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon R9 290X and AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire. The differences in performance seem too small.
Be aware that Radeon R9 290X is a desktop card while Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire is a notebook one.
Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.
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