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Radeon R9 390X 8G vs Radeon RX Vega 56

Intro

The Radeon R9 390X 8G uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1500 MHz on this card. It features 2816 SPUs along with 176 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX Vega 56, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1156 MHz. The HBM2 memory runs at a frequency of 1600 MHz on this specific card. It features 3584 SPUs along with 224 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon RX Vega 56 21011 points
Radeon R9 390X 8G 13555 points
Difference: 7456 (55%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX Vega 56 210 Watts
Radeon R9 390X 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (31%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX Vega 56 should in theory perform a little bit faster than the Radeon R9 390X 8G overall. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 419430 MB/sec
Radeon R9 390X 8G 384000 MB/sec
Difference: 35430 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX Vega 56 should be a lot (about 40%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 390X 8G. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 258944 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 390X 8G 184800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 74144 (40%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX Vega 56 should be a bit (approximately 10%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R9 390X 8G, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 73984 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 390X 8G 67200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6784 (10%)

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 390X 8G

Amazon.com

Radeon RX Vega 56

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 390X 8G Radeon RX Vega 56
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2015 September 2017
Code Name Grenada XT Vega 10 XL
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 1156 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 275 watts 210 watts
Bandwidth 384000 MB/sec 419430 MB/sec
Texel Rate 184800 Mtexels/sec 258944 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 73984 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2816 3584
Texture Mapping Units 176 224
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 HBM2
Bus Width 512-bit 2048-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 6200 million 12500 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 ×16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per 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 - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R9 390X 8G

Amazon.com

Radeon RX Vega 56

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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