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Radeon R9 270X vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The Radeon R9 270X features a GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M390X, which has a clock frequency of 723 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M390X 125 Watts
Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 270X, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M390X overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X will be just a bit (more or less 16%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 270X. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12544 (16%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 270X is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8864 (38%)

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 R9 270X

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 270X Radeon R9 M390X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2013 2015
Code Name Curacao XT Tonga
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 5600 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 180 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 179200 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 80000 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32000 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 2800 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R9 270X

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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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