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Radeon R9 280X vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The Radeon R9 280X uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 290, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 160 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 290 9876 points
Radeon R9 280X 8886 points
Difference: 990 (11%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 280X 294 Sol/s
Radeon R9 290 283 Sol/s
Difference: 11 (4%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 290 29 Mh/s
Radeon R9 280X 21 Mh/s
Difference: 8 (38%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 280X 250 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 290 should in theory be a small bit faster than the Radeon R9 280X overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 280X 288000 MB/sec
Difference: 32000 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 290 will be just a bit (more or less 18%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 280X. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 108800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19200 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 290 is superior to the Radeon R9 280X, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24000 (88%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 280X Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2013 November 2013
Code Name Tahiti XTL Hawaii PRO
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 288000 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108800 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27200 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2560
Texture Mapping Units 128 160
Render Output Units 32 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4313 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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