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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon R9 390X 8G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 comes with a core clock speed of 1126 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 390X 8G, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this model. 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

Radeon R9 390X 8G 13555 points
GeForce GTX 980 13552 points
Difference: 3 (0%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 390X 8G 32 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 980 20 Mh/s
Difference: 12 (60%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 408 Sol/s
Radeon R9 390X 8G 330 Sol/s
Difference: 78 (24%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Radeon R9 390X 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 390X 8G should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 980 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 390X 8G 384000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 160000 (71%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 390X 8G is a lot (approximately 28%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

Radeon R9 390X 8G 184800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40672 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 390X 8G 67200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4864 (7%)

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

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 980 Radeon R9 390X 8G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 June 2015
Code Name GM204-400 Grenada XT
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 275 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 384000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 184800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2816
Texture Mapping Units 128 176
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 5200 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at 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 chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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Radeon R9 390X 8G

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

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon R9 390X 8G”
Virab says:

AMD - Low price, high quality ... AMD will always win Nvidi !!!

sarggames says:

please help specs and benchmark tell opposite stories which should i choose.no worries about power consumption

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