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Radeon HD 6970 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The Radeon HD 6970 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 880 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1375 MHz on this card. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which comes with a core clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 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
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 150 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6970 should be 15% faster than the Radeon R9 M290X overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (15%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 will be a lot (about 24%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M290X. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16480 (24%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 will be a little bit (approximately 4%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 M290X, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 960 (4%)

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 HD 6970

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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 Radeon HD 6970 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 May 1 2014
Code Name Cayman XT Neptune XT
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 880 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 5500 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 176000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 84480 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28160 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1280
Texture Mapping Units 96 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6970

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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