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GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon R9 390 8G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 has a GPU clock speed of 1127 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 390 8G, which has GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1500 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 Stream Processors, 160 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 390 8G 12733 points
GeForce GTX 960 7627 points
Difference: 5106 (67%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 390 8G 326 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 960 154 Sol/s
Difference: 172 (112%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 390 8G 28 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 960 11 Mh/s
Difference: 17 (155%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Radeon R9 390 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 155 Watts (129%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 390 8G should in theory be quite a bit better than the GeForce GTX 960 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 384000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 272000 (243%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 390 8G should be much (more or less 122%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 960. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 160000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 87872 (122%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 390 8G is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 64000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 27936 (77%)

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 960

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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 960 Radeon R9 390 8G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2015 June 2015
Code Name GM206 Grenada PRO
Memory 2048 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1127 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 275 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 384000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72128 Mtexels/sec 160000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 36064 Mpixels/sec 64000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 2560
Texture Mapping Units 64 160
Render Output Units 32 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2940 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output 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 reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 960

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Radeon R9 390 8G

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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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