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GeForce GTX 285 2GB vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 648 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1242 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 240 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M290X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1200 MHz on this 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
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 204 Watts
Difference: 104 Watts (104%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 285 2GB should be just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M290X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 158976 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 5376 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X will be quite a bit (more or less 31%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 285 2GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16160 (31%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6464 (31%)

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 285 2GB

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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 285 2GB Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 May 1 2014
Code Name G200b Neptune XT
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1280
Texture Mapping Units 80 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 285 2GB

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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