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GeForce GTX 1080 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

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

Compare that to the Radeon R9 290X, which has a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 512-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 2816 SPUs, 176 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 290X 10609 points
Difference: 11333 (107%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1080 553 Sol/s
Radeon R9 290X 369 Sol/s
Difference: 184 (50%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290X 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 290X 300 Watts
Difference: 120 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1080 should in theory be just a bit better than the Radeon R9 290X in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be a lot (about 83%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 257120 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 116320 (83%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be a lot (approximately 101%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290X, and also able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 102848 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 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 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2016 October 2013
Code Name GP104-400 Hawaii XT
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 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 102848 Mpixels/sec 51200 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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

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

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GeForce GTX 1080

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Radeon R9 290X

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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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