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GeForce RTX 2060 vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2060 comes with core speeds of 1365 MHz on the GPU, and 14000 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 1920 SPUs as well as 120 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 290, which features GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2560 Stream Processors, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 2060 160 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 140 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 2060, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the Radeon R9 290 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 344064 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 24064 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 will be much (about 28%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 163800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35800 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 2060 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 65520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14320 (28%)

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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GeForce RTX 2060

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Radeon R9 290

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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 GeForce RTX 2060 Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2019 November 2013
Code Name TU106-200A-KA-A1 Hawaii PRO
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1365 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 14000 GB/s 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 344064 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 163800 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 65520 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2560
Texture Mapping Units 120 160
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 10800 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 2060

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 290

Amazon.com

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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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