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Nov
7
2013

NVIDIA GTX 780Ti vs AMD R9 290X: Who will come out on top?

NVIDIA GTX 780Ti vs AMD R9 290X: Who will come out on top?

With shots fired from both NVIDIA and AMD, it's time to see who really is the GPU king. After the release of the R9 290X, NVIDIA has decided to unleask its GTX 780Ti which features an unlocked GK110 GPU. With both cards finally out, who do you think will come out on top?

NVIDIA GTX 780Ti and AMD R9 290X

Specifications

AMD Radeeon R9 290X

Base Clock     1000MHz
Memory     4GB GDDR5
Stream Processors     2816
Memory Speed     5 Gbps
Power Connectors     1x 6-pin, 1x 8-pin
Compute Performance     5.6 TFLOPS
Manufacturing Process     28nm

Temperature

After a 15-minute burn in using Furmark, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti stuck around 83° Celsius. It ran much cooler and quiter than the AMD R9 290X.

Benchmarks

Battlefield 4

Being one of the most popular franchises to date, Battlefield 4 is the latest addition to the series that takes full advantage of the latest hardware. For our settings, we set everything to Ultra with 4x MSAA enabled.

Whats surprising is that Battlefield 4 is supposed to be optimized for AMD's GCN architecture. However, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti came out on top withan average of 75.8 fps. This could be due to the fact that NVIDIA has been working hard to make sure their drivers are optimized for the latest AAA titles.

Bioshock Infinite

We chose to use Bioshock Infinite to test the video card due to its magnificient visual qualities and the fact that it is one of the most popluar PC games out at the moment. This will allow us to get an accurate benchmark of how the card will perform in real life scenarios. We tested the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti and the other graphics cards using the built-in benchmark tool with ultra graphics and DDOF enabled.

In Bioshock Infinite, the GTX 780Ti came out on top again with an average of 110.9 fps. The AMD R9 290X finished with 95.5 fps. Don't get us wrong, the R9 290X is a fast card, its just the GTX 780Ti keeps coming out on top.

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 is still one of the most demanding games currently out on the market. It's able to put any graphics card through its paces by throwing everything at it. For the settings, we cranked the graphics to Very High with 4x MSAA on.

In Crysis 3, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti had an an average of 54.5 fps and the R9 290X finished with 50.2 fps. When tested in dual-card configurations, the GTX 780Ti came out on top with 98.3 fps with the R9 290X coming in at 93.6 fps.

Heaven 4.0

Widely used to test the capability of a GPU, Heaven benchmark puts maximum stress on the GPU allowing you to check stability issues and real time performance of the card. It also generates real-time in game video that gives the user an accurate reading of the cards capability. The settings that we used to test the cards were as follows: Full Screen, High graphics, 4x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, and Normal Tessellation.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

3DMark Fire Strike offers extensive features and unbiased results by testing the full potential of DirectX 11 hardware. It is considered to be the best option out there when trying to find out the power of one’s computer as it tests both the graphics and physics capabilities of a GPU.

Lastly, in 3DMark FireStrike Extreme, the cards were nearly identical in single-card configurations with only a 41 point difference. In dual-card configurations, the GTX 780Ti came out on top with a score of 8297.

Conclusion

If you're looking for the best card currently out on the market, the choice is easy. Pickup the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti. It's both faster and cooler but is quite more expensive. Is the price worth the performance? You be the judge. Are you willing to pay more for better performance in a cooler package? Overall, it seems NVIDIA has won this round with its powerful, fully-unlocked GTX 780Ti.

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