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Radeon R9 390 8G vs Radeon R9 M280X

Intro

The Radeon R9 390 8G has a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M280X, which has core speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M280X 75 Watts
Radeon R9 390 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 200 Watts (267%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 390 8G should in theory be quite a bit superior to the Radeon R9 M280X overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 384000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M280X 88000 MB/sec
Difference: 296000 (336%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 390 8G should be quite a bit (approximately 217%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M280X. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 160000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M280X 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 109600 (217%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 390 8G is superior to the Radeon R9 M280X, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 64000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M280X 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 49600 (344%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 390 8G Radeon R9 M280X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2015 Feb 9 2015
Code Name Grenada PRO Saturn XT
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 275 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 384000 MB/sec 88000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 160000 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 64000 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 896
Texture Mapping Units 160 56
Render Output Units 64 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6200 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 ×16 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 largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R9 390 8G

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Radeon R9 M280X

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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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