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Radeon R9 M290X vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The Radeon R9 M290X comes with core speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M390X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 723 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 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 R9 M390X 125 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 M390X should in theory be a bit better than the Radeon R9 M290X in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X is much (approximately 36%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M290X. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24544 (36%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be a small bit (more or less 18%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon R9 M390X, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4064 (18%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 M290X Radeon R9 M390X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year May 1 2014 2015
Code Name Neptune XT Tonga
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 100 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 68000 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27200 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 2048
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few 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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Radeon R9 M290X

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Radeon R9 M390X

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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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