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Radeon R9 290 vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The Radeon R9 290 has a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1250 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which has clock speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290 283 Sol/s
Radeon RX 470 4GB 270 Sol/s
Difference: 13 (5%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290 29 Mh/s
Radeon RX 470 4GB 27 Mh/s
Difference: 2 (7%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 290 should in theory be a lot faster than the Radeon RX 470 4GB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 108800 (52%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 290 is a little bit (about 8%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 470 4GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9472 (8%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 290 will be a lot (about 73%) better at AA than the Radeon RX 470 4GB, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21568 (73%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 290 Radeon RX 470 4GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2013 August 2016
Code Name Hawaii PRO Polaris 10
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128000 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 51200 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2048
Texture Mapping Units 160 128
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 6200 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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 higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one 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 - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon R9 290

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Radeon RX 470 4GB

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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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