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Radeon R9 M295X vs Radeon RX 470


Intro

The Radeon R9 M295X features a GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 470, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1650 MHz on this card. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
Radeon R9 M295X 125 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 470, in theory, should be just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M295X overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M295X 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 35200 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 should be a lot (more or less 23%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M295X. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M295X 96000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22528 (23%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 470 is superior to the Radeon R9 M295X, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M295X 24000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5632 (23%)

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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Radeon R9 M295X

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 470

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 Radeon R9 M295X Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2014 August 2016
Code Name Unknown Polaris 10
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 5500 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 125 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 176000 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 96000 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24000 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors (Unknown) 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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, 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, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon R9 M295X

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 470

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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