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Geforce GTX 780 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The Geforce GTX 780 comes with a core clock speed of 863 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 2304 SPUs, 192 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 290X, which comes with GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 2816 Stream Processors, 176 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 290X 10609 points
Geforce GTX 780 10082 points
Difference: 527 (5%)

Grand Theft Auto V | 1920x1080 | Very High

Radeon R9 290X 60 FPS
Geforce GTX 780 48 FPS
Difference: 12 (25%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290X 29 Mh/s
Geforce GTX 780 20 Mh/s
Difference: 9 (45%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 780 250 Watts
Radeon R9 290X 300 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 290X should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the Geforce GTX 780 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 290X 320000 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 780 288384 MB/sec
Difference: 31616 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 should be just a bit (approximately 18%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

Geforce GTX 780 165696 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24896 (18%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 290X is much (more or less 24%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Geforce GTX 780, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R9 290X 51200 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 780 41424 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9776 (24%)

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.

Price Comparison

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Geforce GTX 780

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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 Geforce GTX 780 Radeon R9 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2013 October 2013
Code Name GK110 Hawaii XT
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 863 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 288384 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 165696 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 41424 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2304 2816
Texture Mapping Units 192 176
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7080 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Geforce GTX 780

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Radeon R9 290X

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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.

Comments

5 Responses to “Geforce GTX 780 vs Radeon R9 290X”
KENT says:

Nice!!!!!!!!!! 290x is the best.

Z3Ro says:

Well The 780 Can be Over Clocked a lot unlike the 290X it is HOT as Fuck.

@ Z3ro says:

Change TIM..... easy

Jett says:

@KENT if you're happy with the results of this. That's unfair. If you want, you can compare te 780 to the 290 and the 780ti to 290x.

A man says:

@Jett No, this is an even comparison. Both of these cards reside in the same price range. It doesn't make sense to compare a $500 card to a $650 card. THAT is unfair.

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