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GeForce GTS 150 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce GTS 150 features a core clock speed of 740 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M290X, which has clock speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 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
GeForce GTS 150 141 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (41%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M290X should in theory be much faster than the GeForce GTS 150 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 150 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 121600 (380%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X will be a lot (about 44%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 150. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 150 47360 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20640 (44%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is superior to the GeForce GTS 150, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 150 11840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15360 (130%)

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 GTS 150

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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 GTS 150 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 10, 2009 May 1 2014
Code Name G92b Neptune XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 740 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 141 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47360 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11840 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 1280
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 150

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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