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Radeon R9 M385X vs Radeon RX Vega 56

Intro

The Radeon R9 M385X features a GPU clock speed of 1100 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX Vega 56, which features GPU core speed of 1156 MHz, and 8192 MB of HBM2 memory set to run at 1600 MHz through a 2048-bit bus. It also is comprised of 3584 SPUs, 224 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX Vega 56 should perform much faster than the Radeon R9 M385X overall. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 419430 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M385X 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 323430 (337%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX Vega 56 is quite a bit (more or less 320%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M385X. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 258944 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M385X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 197344 (320%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX Vega 56 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 73984 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M385X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 56384 (320%)

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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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 M385X Radeon RX Vega 56
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2015 September 2017
Code Name Bonaire Vega 10 XL
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1100 MHz 1156 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 210 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 419430 MB/sec
Texel Rate 61600 Mtexels/sec 258944 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17600 Mpixels/sec 73984 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 896 3584
Texture Mapping Units 56 224
Render Output Units 16 64
Bus Type GDDR5 HBM2
Bus Width 128-bit 2048-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 12500 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R9 M385X

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Radeon RX Vega 56

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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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