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Radeon R7 370 2G vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The Radeon R7 370 2G has a clock speed of 975 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1400 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M290X, which comes with GPU clock speed of 850 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (10%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 370 2G should in theory be just a bit better than the Radeon R9 M290X in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X will be just a bit (approximately 9%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 370 2G. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5600 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 370 2G is the winner, but only just. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (15%)

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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Radeon R7 370 2G

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Specifications

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Model Radeon R7 370 2G Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2015 May 1 2014
Code Name Trinidad Neptune XT
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 975 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 5600 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 179200 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 62400 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 31200 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 1280
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2080 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends 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 max fill rate.

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Radeon R7 370 2G

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Radeon R9 M290X

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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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