AMD Radeon RX 480
vs
AMD Radeon R9 290

AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 290
RX 480 R9 290 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon R9 290
Price $ 265 $ 310 45 (17%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 94C
Max Fan Noise dB 60dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W 625W 125 (25%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 64 FPS 64 FPS 0.1 (0%)
Average 1440p Performance 48 FPS 46 FPS 1.7 (4%)
Average 4K Performance 30 FPS 32 FPS 1.2 (4%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 64/100 12 (16%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 290 to RX 480 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 480 .

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Just Cause 4
49
43
2018 Monster Hunter: World
53
46
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
68
59
2017 For Honor
90
79
2017 Project CARS 2
64
56
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
77
68
2016 Dishonored 2
47
41
2015 Rocket League
263
230
2015 Need For Speed
73
64
2015 Project CARS
70
61
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
180
158
2009 League of Legends
338
296

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Just Cause 4
36
32
2018 Monster Hunter: World
37
32
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
49
43
2017 For Honor
53
46
2017 Project CARS 2
45
39
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
70
61
2016 Dishonored 2
40
35
2015 Rocket League
113
99
2015 Need For Speed
56
49
2015 Project CARS
53
47
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
150
131
2009 League of Legends
188
164

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Just Cause 4
19
16
2018 Monster Hunter: World
18
15
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
34
30
2017 For Honor
26
23
2017 Project CARS 2
38
33
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
51
2016 Dishonored 2
32
28
2015 Rocket League
53
46
2015 Need For Speed
38
33
2015 Project CARS
38
33
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
135
118
2009 League of Legends
75
66

AMD Radeon RX 480 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, RX 480 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the RX 480 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. In terms of memory, the RX 480 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

AMD Radeon R9 290 / Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz

At 1440p, R9 290 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the R9 290 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. It is worth noting that the R9 290 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. It is important to know that R9 290 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between R9 290 and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 290 and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 290 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 480 vs R9 290 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 R9 290
Board NumberC940, D009-01C671
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP150 W275 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 R9 290
GPU Clock1120 MHz947 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 R9 290
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price229 USD399 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Nov 5th, 2013

Graphics Features

RX 480 R9 290
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 480 R9 290
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 2.0
Die Size244 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereHawaii
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)Hawaii PRO (215-0852020)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million6,200 million

Memory

RX 480 R9 290
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s320.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit512 bit
Memory Size8192 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 R9 290
Compute Units3640
ROPs3264
Shading Units23042560
TMUs144160

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 R9 290
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS4,849 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)606.1 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s60.61 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s151.5 GTexel/s

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