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Radeon HD 6990 vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The Radeon HD 6990 features a GPU core speed of 830 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 380X, which has a clock speed of 970 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1425 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, 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
Radeon HD 6990 5820 points
Difference: 3699 (64%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon HD 6990 24 Mh/s
Radeon R9 380X 19 Mh/s
Difference: 5 (26%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380X 190 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 185 Watts (97%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6990 should perform much faster than the Radeon R9 380X in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 320000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380X 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 137600 (75%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 is a lot (approximately 28%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 380X. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 159360 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 380X 124160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35200 (28%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 is a lot (approximately 71%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 380X, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 53120 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380X 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22080 (71%)

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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Radeon HD 6990

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6990 Radeon R9 380X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2011 November 2015
Code Name Antilles Tonga XT
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 4096 MB
Core Speed 830 MHz (x2) 970 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz (x2) 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 375 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 159360 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 53120 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 (x2) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 96 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6990

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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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