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GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 590 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 855 MHz on this specific model. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 380X, which has a GPU core clock speed of 970 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 380X 9519 points
GeForce GTX 590 6680 points
Difference: 2839 (43%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380X 190 Watts
GeForce GTX 590 365 Watts
Difference: 175 Watts (92%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 590 should perform a lot faster than the Radeon R9 380X in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 328320 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380X 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 145920 (80%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X should be much (about 60%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 77696 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 46464 (60%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 590 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 58272 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380X 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 27232 (88%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 590

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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 GTX 590 Radeon R9 380X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 November 2015
Code Name GF110 Tonga XT
Memory 1536 MB (x2) 4096 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz (x2) 970 MHz
Memory Speed 3420 MHz (x2) 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 365 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 328320 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 77696 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58272 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 (x2) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 48 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 590

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Radeon R9 380X

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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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