GTX 780 OC 6GB vs. R9 290X 4GB Overclocked at 4K

We take the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB video card and run two in SLI and overclock both of these at 4K resolutions to find the ultimate gameplay performance with 6GB of VRAM. We will also compare these to two overclocked ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II CrossFire video cards for the ultimate VRAM performance showdown.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

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Driver Setup

We are using the latest drivers for these tests.

ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB SLI - ForceWare 340.43 Beta.

ASUS STRIX R9 290X CrossFire - Catalyst 14.7 RC Beta.