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Radeon R9 390 8G vs Radeon RX 5700

Intro

The Radeon R9 390 8G has a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1500 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5700, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1465 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. 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 5700 180 Watts
Radeon R9 390 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 95 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 5700 will be 19% quicker than the Radeon R9 390 8G in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 458752 MB/sec
Radeon R9 390 8G 384000 MB/sec
Difference: 74752 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5700 is quite a bit (more or less 32%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 390 8G. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 210960 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 390 8G 160000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50960 (32%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5700 is superior to the Radeon R9 390 8G, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 93760 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 390 8G 64000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 29760 (47%)

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 390 8G Radeon RX 5700
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2015 July 2019
Code Name Grenada PRO Navi 10
Memory 8192 MB 8096 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 1465 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 275 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 384000 MB/sec 458752 MB/sec
Texel Rate 160000 Mtexels/sec 210960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 64000 Mpixels/sec 93760 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2304
Texture Mapping Units 160 144
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 6200 million 10300 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 ×16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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