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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 840 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1050 MHz on this specific model. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M390X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 723 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M390X 125 Watts
Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M390X should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6790 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X is much (approximately 175%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58944 (175%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X should be a lot (more or less 72%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6790, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9696 (72%)

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 HD 6790

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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 HD 6790 Radeon R9 M390X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 2015
Code Name Barts LE Tonga
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 2048
Texture Mapping Units 40 128
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1700 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred 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 type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6790

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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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