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GeForce RTX 2060 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2060 features a GPU clock speed of 1365 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM is set to run at 14000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1920 SPUs, 120 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 290X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 2816 SPUs as well as 176 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce RTX 2060 should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 290X overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 is a bit (approximately 16%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 163800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23000 (16%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 is a lot (approximately 28%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290X, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 65520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 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 290X

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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 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2019 October 2013
Code Name TU106-200A-KA-A1 Hawaii XT
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 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 65520 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2816
Texture Mapping Units 120 176
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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 2060

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Radeon R9 290X

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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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