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Nvidia Titan X vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The Nvidia Titan X comes with a core clock frequency of 1417 MHz and a GDDR5X memory frequency of 1251 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It features 3584 SPUs, 224 TAUs, and 96 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 290X, which has core 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 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

The Nvidia Titan X should in theory be a lot faster than the Radeon R9 290X in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Nvidia Titan X is a lot (approximately 125%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 317408 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 176608 (125%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Nvidia Titan X is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 136032 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 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 290X

Specifications

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Model Nvidia Titan X Radeon R9 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 October 2013
Code Name GP102-400 Hawaii XT
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 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 136032 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2816
Texture Mapping Units 224 176
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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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