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Radeon HD 7990 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The Radeon HD 7990 has a GPU clock speed of 950 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1500 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 290X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 2816 SPUs along with 176 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 290X 300 Watts
Radeon HD 7990 375 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7990 should perform a lot faster than the Radeon R9 290X overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 576000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290X 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 256000 (80%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7990 is quite a bit (more or less 73%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 243200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 102400 (73%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7990 is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 60800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9600 (19%)

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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Radeon HD 7990

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 290X

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7990 Radeon R9 290X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2013 October 2013
Code Name Malta Hawaii XT
Memory 3072 MB (x2) 4096 MB
Core Speed 950 MHz (x2) 800 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz (x2) 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 375 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 576000 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 243200 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 60800 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 (x2) 2816
Texture Mapping Units 128 (x2) 176
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit (x2) 512-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4313 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “Radeon HD 7990 vs Radeon R9 290X”
sam says:

hd 7990 radeon is the best card

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