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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 has clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 290, which has GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2560 SPUs, 160 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 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

The GeForce GTX 1070 is much (more or less 88%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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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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.

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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum 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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