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Geforce GTX 780 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The Geforce GTX 780 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 863 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this specific card. It features 2304 SPUs along with 192 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 290X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 2816 SPUs along with 176 TAUs 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

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 290X should perform just a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 780 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 will be a bit (about 18%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 290X is superior to the Geforce GTX 780, by a large margin. (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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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.

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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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