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Radeon HD 5830 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The Radeon HD 5830 features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M290X, which has a GPU core clock speed of 850 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (75%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M290X will be 20% faster than the Radeon HD 5830 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X will be much (approximately 52%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5830. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23200 (52%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14400 (113%)

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 HD 5830 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 25, 2010 May 1 2014
Code Name Cypress LE Neptune XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 175 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 44800 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12800 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1120(224x5) 1280
Texture Mapping Units 56 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2154 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the 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 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of 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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Radeon HD 5830

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Radeon R9 M290X

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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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