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GeForce GTX 1080 vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1080 features core clock speeds of 1607 MHz on the GPU, and 1251 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5X RAM. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 160 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 290, which has a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 512-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 2560 SPUs, 160 Texture Address Units, 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 21942 points
Radeon R9 290 9876 points
Difference: 12066 (122%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1080 553 Sol/s
Radeon R9 290 283 Sol/s
Difference: 270 (95%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290 29 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1080 20 Mh/s
Difference: 9 (45%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1080 180 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 120 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1080 should be a small bit faster than the Radeon R9 290 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 327680 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 7680 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be a lot (about 101%) better at AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 257120 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 129120 (101%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be quite a bit (about 101%) better at FSAA than the Radeon R9 290, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 102848 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 51648 (101%)

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

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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 1080 Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2016 November 2013
Code Name GP104-400 Hawaii PRO
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1607 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 10008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 180 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 327680 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 257120 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 102848 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2560
Texture Mapping Units 160 160
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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total 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 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 graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1080

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 290

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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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