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GeForce RTX 2060 vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2060 features a core clock speed of 1365 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 14000 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 12 nm design. It features 1920 SPUs, 120 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 290, which has core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 160 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce RTX 2060 will be 8% faster than the Radeon R9 290 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 is much (about 28%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 should be much (approximately 28%) better at AA than the Radeon R9 290, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max 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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