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GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 732 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 448 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

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

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 210 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (110%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M290X, in theory, should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 144000 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (7%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X will be a lot (more or less 66%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 40992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27008 (66%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 29280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2080 (8%)

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 560 Ti 448

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 2011 May 1 2014
Code Name GF110 Neptune XT
Memory 1280 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 732 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 210 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40992 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 1280
Texture Mapping Units 56 80
Render Output Units 40 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M290X

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.

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