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GeForce RTX 2060 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2060 uses a 12 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1365 MHz. The GDDR6 memory works at a frequency of 14000 MHz on this card. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 290X, which features a 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 made up of 2816 SPUs, 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

In theory, the GeForce RTX 2060 should perform 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 small bit (about 16%) more effective at anisotropic 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 will be a lot (approximately 28%) better at FSAA than the Radeon R9 290X, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially 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

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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