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Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The Geforce GTX 690 features a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 Stream Processors, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7790, which has core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7790 85 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 215 Watts (253%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Geforce GTX 690, in theory, should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 7790 in general. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7790 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 288512 (301%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 should be much (about 318%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7790. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7790 56000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 178240 (318%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 690 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7790 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42560 (266%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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Geforce GTX 690

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7790

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 690 Radeon HD 7790
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2012 March 2013
Code Name GK104 Bonaire XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 1024 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz (x2) 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (x2) (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz (x2) 6000 MHz
Unified Shaders 1536 (x2) 896
Texture Mapping Units 128 (x2) 56
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 85 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 384512 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 234240 Mtexels/sec 56000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58560 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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