AMD Radeon R9 390 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK

AMD Radeon R9 390
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK

General info

Comparison of Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
26.86
 
10.66
Architecture
GCN 2.0
 
Kepler
Code name
Grenada
 
GK110B
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
n/d
Release date
18 June 2015
 
18 February 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
$999
Price now
$520
 
$1400

Technical specs

Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK'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 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2560
 
2880
CUDA cores
n/d
 
2880
Core clock speed
n/d
 
889 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
 
980 MHz
Transistor count
6,200 million
 
7,080 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
275 Watt
 
250 Watt
Texture fill rate
160.0 GTexel / s
 
213 billion / sec
Floating-point performance
5,120 gflops
 
5,645 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 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).
Bus support
PCIe 3.0
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
275 mm
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height
n/d
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
 
One 8-pin and one 6-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK: 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
High bandwidth memory (HBM)
-
 
n/d
Maximum RAM amount
n/d
 
6 GB
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
384 Bit
Memory clock speed
1000 MHz
 
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
384 GB / s
 
336 GB / s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
n/d
 
One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
Multi monitor support
n/d
 
4 displays
Eyefinity
+
 
-
Number of Eyefinity displays
6
 
n/d
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
n/d
 
2048x1536
DisplayPort support
+
 
-
G-SYNC support
-
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
n/d
 
Internal

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
+
 
-
FreeSync
+
 
-
PowerTune
+
 
-
TrueAudio
+
 
-
VCE
+
 
-
DDMA audio
+
 
n/d
Blu Ray 3D
-
 
+
3D Gaming
-
 
+
3D Vision
-
 
+
GPU Boost
n/d
 
+
3D Vision Live
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
FXAA
n/d
 
+
TXAA
n/d
 
+
Adaptive VSync
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
12.0 (11_1)
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.4
OpenCL
2.0
 
n/d
Mantle
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

R9 390 42.95
GTX TITAN BLACK 45.91 +6.9%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

R9 390 12730 +8.9%
GTX TITAN BLACK 11690

Unigine Heaven 4.0

R9 390 1520
GTX TITAN BLACK 1787 +17.6%

Passmark

R9 390 8108
GTX TITAN BLACK 8657 +6.8%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4502 −0.9%
 
4541 +0.9%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4502 −0.9%
 
4541 +0.9%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
593 Mh/s +95.7%
 
303 Mh/s −95.7%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
0.95 Gh/s
 
n/d
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
29.26 Mh/s
 
n/d
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.81 kh/s
 
n/d
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
380.03 Sol/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 390

Much newer (18 June 2015 vs 18 February 2014)
Cheaper ($329 vs $999)
Wider memory bus (512 vs 384 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (384 vs 336 GB/s)
DirectX® 12
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)
OpenGL® 4.5
Vulkan™
OpenCL™ 2.0
CrossFireBridgeless
EyefinitySupport
DisplayPortMenu
CrossfireX
FreeSync
PowerTuneMenu
TrueAudioMenu
VCEMenu
MantleMenu

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK

6.9% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (2880 vs 2560)
Less power hungry (250 vs 275 watts)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
3D Vision
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)
TXAA
Adaptive VSync
FXAA
NVIDIA Surround
SLI-ready
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
HDCP
BluRay3D
3DGaming
3D Vision Surround
3DVisionLive

So, R9 390 or GTX TITAN BLACK?

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