2560×1600: GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs Radeon R9 290X


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2560×1600: GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs Radeon R9 290X

By Olin Coles

It’s no secret that PC gamers who seek realistic graphics prefer their desktop platform over the 1080p-limited console counterparts. Discrete graphics cards, the hardware added onto motherboards built for high performance, support enthusiast video resolutions as large as 2560×1600. More pixels means more power needed to produce them, so I decided to test some of the most recent graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD on our massive 30″ monitor. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests frame rate performance for the AMD Radeon R9 290X and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti at their maximum supported resolution.

GeForce GTX 780 Ti and Radeon R9 290X are the two latest product offerings on graphics market. Each video card occupies its own price point, so while the manufacturer’s might have launched their product to compete against another, market factors have pushed them into their own unique space. Additionally, some of the previously released graphics solutions still compete for shelf space:


Video Card Testing Methodology

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System.

In each benchmark test there is one ‘cache run’ that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.

Intel X79 Express Test System

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • Battlefield 3
    • Settings: 2560×1600 Resolution, Ultra Graphics Quality, FOV 90, 180-second Fraps Scene
  • Metro 2033 Benchmark
    • Settings: 2560×1600 Resolution, Very-High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, Tessellation, PhysX Disabled
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
    • Settings: 2560×1600 Resolution, DirectX 11, High Quality, Extreme Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA
  • Battlefield 4
    • Settings: 2560×1600 Resolution, Ultra Graphics Quality, FOV 70, 180-second Fraps Scene

PCI-Express Graphics Cards

Graphics Card Radeon R9 270X Radeon HD7950 GeForce GTX770 Radeon HD7970 GeForce GTX780 Radeon R9 290X GeForce GTX780Ti
GPU Cores 1280 1792 1536 2048 2304 2816 2880
Core Clock (MHz) 1030 850 1046 925 863 1000 876
Shader Clock (MHz) 1120 Boost N/A 1085 Boost N/A Boost 902 N/A Boost 928
Memory Clock (MHz) 1400 1250 1753 1375 1502 1250 1750
Memory Amount 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 384-bit 512-bit 384-bit


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