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Radeon R9 270X vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The Radeon R9 270X uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1400 MHz on this specific card. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M390X, which features GPU core speed of 723 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 Stream Processors, 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 270X should be a small 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 a little bit (about 16%) better at anisotropic 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 270X is a better choice, by a large margin. (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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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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max 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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