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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features clock speeds of 607 MHz on the GPU, and 837 MHz on the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specifications 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 makes use of 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 470 215 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (115%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M290X should in theory perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 470 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Difference: 19680 (15%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be much (more or less 100%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 34008 (100%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be just a bit (more or less 12%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 470, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2920 (12%)

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 470

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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 470 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 May 1 2014
Code Name GF100 Neptune XT
Memory 1280 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 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 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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high 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 this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Display Prices

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GeForce GTX 470

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M290X

Amazon.com

Check prices at:

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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