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Nvidia Titan X vs Radeon R9 295X2

Intro

The Nvidia Titan X makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1417 MHz. The GDDR5X RAM is set to run at a speed of 1251 MHz on this particular model. It features 3584 SPUs along with 224 Texture Address Units and 96 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 295X2, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1018 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 comprised of 2816 SPUs, 176 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Nvidia Titan X 250 Watts
Radeon R9 295X2 500 Watts
Difference: 250 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 295X2 should in theory be a lot faster than the Nvidia Titan X in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 640000 MB/sec
Nvidia Titan X 491520 MB/sec
Difference: 148480 (30%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 295X2 will be a small bit (more or less 13%) better at AF than the Nvidia Titan X. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 358336 Mtexels/sec
Nvidia Titan X 317408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40928 (13%)

Pixel Rate

The Nvidia Titan X will be just a bit (more or less 4%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon R9 295X2, and also capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 136032 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 295X2 130304 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5728 (4%)

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

Nvidia Titan X

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Specifications

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Model Nvidia Titan X Radeon R9 295X2
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 April 2014
Code Name GP102-400 Vesuvius
Memory 12288 MB 4096 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1417 MHz 1018 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 10008 MHz 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 500 watts
Bandwidth 491520 MB/sec 640000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 317408 Mtexels/sec 358336 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 136032 Mpixels/sec 130304 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2816 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 224 176 (x2)
Render Output Units 96 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5X GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 512-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 12000 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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