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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 comes with a core clock speed of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 837 MHz. It also features a 320-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 448 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 40 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M390X, which features core clock speeds of 723 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M390X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (72%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M390X, in theory, should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 470 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Difference: 26080 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X should be a lot (more or less 172%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58552 (172%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 is just a bit (more or less 5%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 M390X, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1144 (5%)

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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GeForce GTX 470

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Radeon R9 M390X

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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 GeForce GTX 470 Radeon R9 M390X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 2015
Code Name GF100 Tonga
Memory 1280 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 2048
Texture Mapping Units 56 128
Render Output Units 40 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 470

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M390X

Amazon.com

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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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