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Radeon R9 390 8G vs Radeon RX 5600 XT

Intro

The Radeon R9 390 8G uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 2560 SPUs along with 160 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which features core clock speeds of 1375 MHz on the GPU, and 14000 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 160 Watts
Radeon R9 390 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (72%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 390 8G should be a little bit faster than the Radeon RX 5600 XT in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 384000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 5600 XT 344064 MB/sec
Difference: 39936 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5600 XT should be much (more or less 24%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 390 8G. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 198000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 390 8G 160000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38000 (24%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5600 XT is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 88000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 390 8G 64000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24000 (38%)

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 390 8G

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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 Radeon R9 390 8G Radeon RX 5600 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2015 January 2020
Code Name Grenada PRO Navi 10 XLE
Memory 8192 MB 6144 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 1375 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 28000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 275 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 384000 MB/sec 344064 MB/sec
Texel Rate 160000 Mtexels/sec 198000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 64000 Mpixels/sec 88000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2304
Texture Mapping Units 160 144
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 ×16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon R9 390 8G

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Radeon RX 5600 XT

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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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