AMD R9 390X and Nvidia GTX 980Ti performance benchmarks leak

It is known that AMD is on the verge of launching its new flagship GPU, while Nvidia is looking to launch a lower-spec version of its existing flagship card, the GTX Titan X. A few leaks regarding the specs of the AMD R9 390X have already surfaced on the web. It’s not surprising, then, to see benchmark statistics for the card also making rounds around the internet. The source of these supposed benchmarks is Chiphell, the Chinese website known for its random leaks.

What’s interesting is that these benchmarks compare the R9 390X, or Fiji XT, with a cut down version of Nvidia’s GM 200 chip, which we’re assuming is probably the unannounced GTX 980Ti. The full GM 200 chip with all cores active is available in the form of Nvidia’s flagship GTX Titan X. A block diagram of the GTX Titan X can be seen below.

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Given that the GTX 980Ti is bound to be cheaper than the GTX Titan X, it’ll have to be toned down in terms of effective performance. At this point, it is unknown how many CUDA cores will be disabled, but performance should logically fall somewhere between the GTX 980 and the GTX Titan X, preferably closer to the latter. It’s also likely that the VRAM will be halved from the Titan X’s 12GB to 6GB.


Based on Chiphell’s benchmarks, the tests have been conducted with 19 games at resolutions of both 4K and 1600p. If the benchmarks are legitimate, the tests should be thorough enough to get a fair idea of the performance of each of the unreleased GPUs.

Without further ado, here’s a look at the series of benchmarks.

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It’s clearly evident from each of these tests that not only does AMD’s R9 390X (Fiji XT) comfortably beat Nvidia’s GTX Titan X, it also gives its cut down sibling, the GTX 980Ti, a run for its money. While the performance gap isn’t significant, it’s certainly noteworthy.

Power Consumption

The tables are turned when it comes to power consumption, however, with the GTX Titan X consuming 30 watts less power than the R9 390X (Fiji XT). In comparison to AMD’s previous flagship GPU, the R9 290X, it’s certainly looks like a noteworthy improvement, especially given the R9 390X’s significant boost in performance based on these benchmarks.

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In the coming months, it should be interesting to note how both of these unannounced cards will be priced. None of this information is confirmed, however, and we urge readers to take it with a pinch of salt. That said, it does present a highly competitive scenario for the GPU market, so we’re quite hopeful that it turns out true.

Muhammad Ali Bari

Reviews Editor at GearNuke

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