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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has a GPU core speed of 1500 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR6 memory is set to run at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 290, which has a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 512-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 290 should in theory be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Difference: 25088 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a small bit (approximately 13%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16000 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20800 (41%)

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 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2019 November 2013
Code Name TU116-400-A1 Hawaii PRO
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1500 GB/s 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2560
Texture Mapping Units 96 160
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6600 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its 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 core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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Radeon R9 290

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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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