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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 290, which comes with a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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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 1070 18174 points
Radeon R9 290 9876 points
Difference: 8298 (84%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1070 436 Sol/s
Radeon R9 290 283 Sol/s
Difference: 153 (54%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 150 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 290 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
Difference: 57856 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 will be a lot (about 41%) better at AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 52720 (41%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is superior to the Radeon R9 290, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 45184 (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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1070

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 November 2013
Code Name GP104-200 Hawaii PRO
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2560
Texture Mapping Units 120 160
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 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 maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling 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 chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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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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