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Radeon R9 290 vs Radeon RX 5600

Intro

The Radeon R9 290 comes with a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 2560 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5600, which has core clock speeds of 1375 MHz on the GPU, and 12000 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5600 150 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 150 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 290 should in theory be a bit better than the Radeon RX 5600 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 5600 294912 MB/sec
Difference: 25088 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5600 will be quite a bit (more or less 38%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 176000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 48000 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5600 is superior to the Radeon R9 290, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 88000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 36800 (72%)

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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Radeon R9 290

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Radeon RX 5600

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Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 290 Radeon RX 5600
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2013 January 2020
Code Name Hawaii PRO Navi 10 XE
Memory 4096 MB 6144 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 1375 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 24000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 294912 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128000 Mtexels/sec 176000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 51200 Mpixels/sec 88000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2048
Texture Mapping Units 160 128
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 512-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 6200 million 10300 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R9 290

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Radeon RX 5600

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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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