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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB has a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications 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 features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (5%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M290X should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 96000 (167%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be a lot (more or less 102%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 34400 (102%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17600 (183%)

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 9800 GT 512MB

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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 9800 GT 512MB Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G92a/b Neptune XT
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 1280
Texture Mapping Units 56 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling 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 graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many 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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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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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