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GeForce GTX Titan Black vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX Titan Black comes with core clock speeds of 889 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2880 SPUs as well as 240 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 290X, which has clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2816 SPUs along with 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

GeForce GTX Titan Black 11666 points
Radeon R9 290X 10609 points
Difference: 1057 (10%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX Titan Black 250 Watts
Radeon R9 290X 300 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX Titan Black should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 290X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX Titan Black 336000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290X 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX Titan Black is much (about 52%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

GeForce GTX Titan Black 213360 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 72560 (52%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 290X is a bit (about 20%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX Titan Black, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R9 290X 51200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX Titan Black 42672 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8528 (20%)

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 Titan Black

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Radeon R9 290X

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX Titan Black Radeon R9 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2014 October 2013
Code Name GK110-430 Hawaii XT
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 889 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 213360 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 42672 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2880 2816
Texture Mapping Units 240 176
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 4.4 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX Titan Black

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 290X

Amazon.com

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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

One Response to “GeForce GTX Titan Black vs Radeon R9 290X”
Ryan says:

How would 2 r9 290x cards compare to 1 6GB EVGA GTX Titan Black SC, 967MHz GPU, 2880 Cores, 7000MHz GDDR5 card

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