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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti comes with a GPU core speed of 1500 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR6 memory is set to run at 12000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1536 Stream Processors, 96 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 290X, which features core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2816 SPUs as well as 176 Texture Address Units 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% faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will be a small bit (about 2%) faster with regards to AF 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 is quite a bit (approximately 41%) more effective at AA than the Radeon R9 290X, and able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 of the card by the core clock 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Amazon.com

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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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