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GeForce GTX 1080 vs Radeon R9 390X 8G


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1080 features a GPU clock speed of 1607 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR5X memory runs at 1251 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2560 Stream Processors, 160 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 390X 8G, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1500 MHz on this particular card. It features 2816 SPUs as well as 176 TAUs and 64 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

GeForce GTX 1080 22050 points
Radeon R9 390X 8G 13550 points
Difference: 8500 (63%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1080 553 Sol/s
Radeon R9 390X 8G 330 Sol/s
Difference: 223 (68%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 390X 8G 32 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1080 20 Mh/s
Difference: 12 (60%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1080 180 Watts
Radeon R9 390X 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 95 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 390X 8G should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 390X 8G 384000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1080 327680 MB/sec
Difference: 56320 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be quite a bit (about 39%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 390X 8G. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 257120 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 390X 8G 184800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 72320 (39%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1080 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 102848 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 390X 8G 67200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 35648 (53%)

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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GeForce GTX 1080

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 390X 8G

Amazon.com

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 1080 Radeon R9 390X 8G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2016 June 2015
Code Name GP104-400 Grenada XT
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1607 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 10008 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 180 watts 275 watts
Bandwidth 327680 MB/sec 384000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 257120 Mtexels/sec 184800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 102848 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2816
Texture Mapping Units 160 176
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5X GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7200 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its 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 the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1080

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 390X 8G

Amazon.com

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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