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GeForce GTX 570 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 570 has a GPU clock speed of 732 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 950 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also features 480 Stream Processors, 60 TAUs, and 40 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 290X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 2816 SPUs as well as 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 570 4387 points
Difference: 6222 (142%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290X 29 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 570 13 Mh/s
Difference: 16 (123%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 570 219 Watts
Radeon R9 290X 300 Watts
Difference: 81 Watts (37%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 290X should be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 570 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 290X 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 570 152000 MB/sec
Difference: 168000 (111%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 290X is much (approximately 221%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 570. (explain)

Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 570 43920 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 96880 (221%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 290X will be a lot (more or less 75%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 570, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R9 290X 51200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 570 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21920 (75%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 570 Radeon R9 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 2010 October 2013
Code Name GF110 Hawaii XT
Memory 1280 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 732 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 3800 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 152000 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43920 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 2816
Texture Mapping Units 60 176
Render Output Units 40 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out 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 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 number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 570

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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.

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