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Radeon HD 5830 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The Radeon HD 5830 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M290X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1200 MHz on this specific card. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (75%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M290X, in theory, should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5830 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be much (more or less 52%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5830. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23200 (52%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be much (more or less 113%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5830, and capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14400 (113%)

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 5830

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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 5830 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 25, 2010 May 1 2014
Code Name Cypress LE Neptune XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 175 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 44800 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12800 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1120(224x5) 1280
Texture Mapping Units 56 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2154 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of 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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Radeon HD 5830

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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.

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