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GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti comes with clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2816 SPUs as well as 176 Texture Address Units and 96 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 290, which features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 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 980 Ti 17120 points
Radeon R9 290 9876 points
Difference: 7244 (73%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 425 Sol/s
Radeon R9 290 283 Sol/s
Difference: 142 (50%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290 29 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 22 Mh/s
Difference: 7 (32%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 250 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti should theoretically perform a bit faster than the Radeon R9 290 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 336000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is much (about 38%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 176000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 48000 (38%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is much (approximately 88%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 96000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 44800 (88%)

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 980 Ti

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Radeon R9 290

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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 980 Ti Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2015 November 2013
Code Name GM200 Hawaii PRO
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1000 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 176000 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96000 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2816 2560
Texture Mapping Units 176 160
Render Output Units 96 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 8000 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980 Ti

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Radeon R9 290

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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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