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Radeon R9 290 vs Radeon RX 5600 XT

Intro

The Radeon R9 290 makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 2560 SPUs along with 160 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which has core speeds of 1375 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 160 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 140 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 5600 XT will be 8% quicker than the Radeon R9 290 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 344064 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 24064 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5600 XT is quite a bit (about 55%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 198000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 70000 (55%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5600 XT will be much (more or less 72%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 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 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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 290 Radeon RX 5600 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2013 January 2020
Code Name Hawaii PRO Navi 10 XLE
Memory 4096 MB 6144 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 1375 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 3000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 344064 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128000 Mtexels/sec 198000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 51200 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 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 maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling 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 card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's 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 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 potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon R9 290

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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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