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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 837 MHz on this particular model. It features 448 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 40 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M290X, which has GPU clock speed of 850 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running 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
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (115%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M290X should theoretically perform a little 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 is quite a bit (about 100%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is superior to the GeForce GTX 470, though not by far. (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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one 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 - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 470

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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