Nvidia is hosting a two-day press event in Montreal, but it's AMD that's stealing some of the headlines. The Sunnyvale chip designer decided to crash Nvidia's party by setting up shop in a hotel across the street to showcase its Radeon R9 290X graphics card and compare benchmarks against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 part. It's a brazen tactic and we hear Nvidia isn't real happy with AMD's stunt, but GPU politics aside, we have some benchmarks AMD is allowing the media to share.
AMD benchmarked both cards on a test system consisting of an Intel Core i7 3960X processor clocked at 3.3GHz, MSI X79A-GD65 motherboard, 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM, and Windows 7 64-bit with SP1. AMD used a future Catalyst 13.11 beta driver release for its own graphics card, and Nvidia driver 331.40 for the GTX 780.
Here's how the benchmarks came out:
BioShock Infinite (3840x2160, Ultra Settings)
AMD Radeon R9 290X "Quiet Mode" average frame rate: 44.25
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 average frame rate: 37.67
Tomb Raider (3840x2160, Normal Preset w/ TressFX On Off)
AMD Radeon R9 290X "Quiet Mode" average frame rate: 40.2
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 average frame rate: 34.5
It's worth noting that TressFX runs better on AMD hardware currently, and You can bank on future driver releases improving performance on Nvidia's side. For now, however, this is a pretty good showing for AMD's R9 290X.
Expect more information about AMD's flagship card in the coming weeks. In the meantime, have a look at specs and details of five other upcoming Radeon R7 and R9 Series graphics cards.
The Tomb Raider benchmarks were run with TressFX turned off, not on.