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Radeon R9 290 vs Radeon RX Vega 56

Intro

The Radeon R9 290 comes with a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 512-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 2560 SPUs, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX Vega 56, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1156 MHz. The HBM2 RAM works at a frequency of 1600 MHz on this specific model. It features 3584 SPUs as well as 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 290 9876 points
Difference: 11135 (113%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX Vega 56 210 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX Vega 56 should perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon R9 290 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 419430 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 99430 (31%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX Vega 56 will be quite a bit (about 102%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 258944 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 130944 (102%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX Vega 56 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX Vega 56 73984 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22784 (45%)

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 Vega 56
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2013 September 2017
Code Name Hawaii PRO Vega 10 XL
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 1156 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 210 watts
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 419430 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128000 Mtexels/sec 258944 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 51200 Mpixels/sec 73984 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 3584
Texture Mapping Units 160 224
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 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R9 290

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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.

Comments

One Response to “Radeon R9 290 vs Radeon RX Vega 56”
Seffo says:

Hi, Y'all, (I'm a indy filmmaker). Happy holidays, I'm trying to work out an eGPU for my Mac Mini, with the: MSI Video Card Radeon RX Vega 56 Air Boost 8G OC. + Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 650W. Does anybody know if that can work out? I'm really getting crazy what works and what doesn't 🙁 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078DZR5YK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1 https://www.amazon.com/Sonnet-eGFX-Breakaway-550W-GPU-550W-TB3/dp/B0764J5QVD/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1544378497&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=sonnet+egfx+650w

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