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GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti comes with core clock speeds of 875 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2880 SPUs as well as 240 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 290, which comes with core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2560 SPUs along with 160 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

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 should be a little bit faster than the Radeon R9 290 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is a lot (more or less 64%) better at anisotropic filtering 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 290 is a better choice, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably 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 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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