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GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti has a GPU clock speed of 875 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 2880 Stream Processors, 240 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 290, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 512-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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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

GeForce GTX 780 Ti 10900 points
Radeon R9 290 9876 points
Difference: 1024 (10%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290 29 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 780 Ti 19 Mh/s
Difference: 10 (53%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 780 Ti 250 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti will be 5% quicker than the Radeon R9 290 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 780 Ti 336000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti should be quite a bit (approximately 64%) better at AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce GTX 780 Ti 210000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 82000 (64%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 290 is superior to the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 780 Ti 42000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9200 (22%)

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 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 290

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 GeForce GTX 780 Ti Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2013 November 2013
Code Name GK110 Hawaii PRO
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 875 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 336000 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 210000 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 42000 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2880 2560
Texture Mapping Units 240 160
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 4.4 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one 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 video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output 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 potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 780 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 290

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.

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