AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire vs R7 (Kaveri)

AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)

General info

Comparison of Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri) architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN
 
GCN 1.1
Code name
Neptune CF
 
Kaveri
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
n/d
 
n/d

Technical specs

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri)'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 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri)'s performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2560
 
512
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
553 MHz
Boost Clock
900 MHz
 
686 MHz
Transistor count
2x 2800 Million
 
2410 Million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
200 Watt
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri) 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
 
medium sized

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri): 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
 
n/d
Maximum RAM amount
2x 4 GB
 
n/d
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
64 / 128 Bit
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri), sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (FL 11_1)
 
12 (FL 12_0)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri). Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

R9 M290X Crossfire 37.58 +1042.2%
R7 (Kaveri) 3.29

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

R9 M290X Crossfire 71977 +999.9%
R7 (Kaveri) 6544

3DMark Fire Strike Score

R9 M290X Crossfire 8176 +686.9%
R7 (Kaveri) 1039

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

R9 M290X Crossfire 10551 +1139.8%
R7 (Kaveri) 851

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

R9 M290X Crossfire 14147 +715.9%
R7 (Kaveri) 1734

3DMark Vantage Performance

R9 M290X Crossfire 32792 +631.5%
R7 (Kaveri) 4483

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri) are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

1042.2% faster (about 11.5 times) in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 64 bit)
More pipelines (2560 vs 512)

Advantages of AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)

UVD 4.2
VCE 2.0

So, R9 M290X Crossfire or R7 (Kaveri)?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire and Radeon R7 (Kaveri), ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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