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Nvidia Titan X vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The Nvidia Titan X uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1417 MHz. The GDDR5X memory is set to run at a speed of 1251 MHz on this model. It features 3584 SPUs as well as 224 TAUs and 96 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 590, which uses a 12 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1469 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Nvidia Titan X 250 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Nvidia Titan X should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon RX 590 overall. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 491520 MB/sec
Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
Difference: 229376 (88%)

Texel Rate

The Nvidia Titan X is quite a bit (approximately 50%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 590. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 317408 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 105872 (50%)

Pixel Rate

The Nvidia Titan X should be quite a bit (approximately 189%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon RX 590, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 136032 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 89024 (189%)

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 Nvidia Titan X Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 November 2018
Code Name GP102-400 Polaris 30
Memory 12288 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1417 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 10008 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 491520 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 317408 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 136032 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2304
Texture Mapping Units 224 144
Render Output Units 96 32
Bus Type GDDR5X GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 12 nm
Transistors 12000 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 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 data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Nvidia Titan X

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Radeon RX 590

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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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