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Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The Geforce GTX 690 features a clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 150 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Geforce GTX 690 should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon RX 480 4GB overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 155136 (68%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 will be quite a bit (approximately 45%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 480 4GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 72960 (45%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 690 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22720 (63%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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Geforce GTX 690

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 480 4GB

Amazon.com

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 690 Radeon RX 480 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2012 June 2016
Code Name GK104 Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 4096 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz (x2) 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz (x2) 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 384512 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 234240 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58560 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 (x2) 2304
Texture Mapping Units 128 (x2) 144
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3540 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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Geforce GTX 690

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 480 4GB

Amazon.com

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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