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Nvidia Titan X vs Radeon R9 290


Intro

The Nvidia Titan X features a GPU clock speed of 1417 MHz, and the 12288 MB of GDDR5X memory is set to run at 1251 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 3584 Stream Processors, 224 Texture Address Units, and 96 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 290, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 2560 SPUs along with 160 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Nvidia Titan X 250 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Nvidia Titan X will be 54% faster than the Radeon R9 290 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 491520 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 171520 (54%)

Texel Rate

The Nvidia Titan X is a lot (more or less 148%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 317408 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 189408 (148%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Nvidia Titan X is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 136032 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 84832 (166%)

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

Nvidia Titan X

Radeon R9 290

Specifications

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Model Nvidia Titan X Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 November 2013
Code Name GP102-400 Hawaii PRO
Memory 12288 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1417 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 10008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 491520 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 317408 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 136032 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2560
Texture Mapping Units 224 160
Render Output Units 96 64
Bus Type GDDR5X GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 512-bit
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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of 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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