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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti uses a 12 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1500 MHz. The GDDR6 memory works at a frequency of 12000 MHz on this card. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 290X, which features clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. 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 GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
Radeon R9 290X 300 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 290X should be 9% quicker than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 290X 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Difference: 25088 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a small bit (approximately 2%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (2%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will be quite a bit (about 41%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290X, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20800 (41%)

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 GTX 1660 Ti

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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 GTX 1660 Ti Radeon R9 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2019 October 2013
Code Name TU116-400-A1 Hawaii XT
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 12000 GB/s 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2816
Texture Mapping Units 96 176
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6600 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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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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