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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 290X, which features a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1250 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2816 Stream Processors, 176 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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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, because of 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 bit (approximately 2%) better at 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 should be much (about 41%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290X, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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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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