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GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 has a GPU core speed of 772 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which comes with a core clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 144 Watts (144%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 should be a lot faster than the Radeon R9 M290X in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 38784 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be quite a bit (about 38%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18592 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is superior to the Radeon R9 M290X, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9856 (36%)

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 580

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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 580 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 May 1 2014
Code Name GF110 Neptune XT
Memory 1536 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1280
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number 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 rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580

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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