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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 features a clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It features 1920 SPUs, 120 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 290X, which features clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2816 SPUs as well as 176 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator 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 290X 10609 points
Difference: 7565 (71%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1070 436 Sol/s
Radeon R9 290X 369 Sol/s
Difference: 67 (18%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 290X will be 22% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 will be quite a bit (about 28%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 39920 (28%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 will be quite a bit (approximately 88%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290X, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 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 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon R9 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 October 2013
Code Name GP104-200 Hawaii XT
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 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2816
Texture Mapping Units 120 176
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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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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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