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GeForce RTX 2080 vs Radeon RX 6900 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2080 has core speeds of 1515 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2944 SPUs as well as 184 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 6900 XT, which comes with a core clock speed of 1825 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It is made up of 5120 SPUs, 320 TAUs, and 128 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 2080 215 Watts
Radeon RX 6900 XT 300 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 6900 XT should theoretically be a bit better than the GeForce RTX 2080 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 524288 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 2080 458752 MB/sec
Difference: 65536 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6900 XT should be much (about 109%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce RTX 2080. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 584000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 2080 278760 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 305240 (109%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6900 XT is superior to the GeForce RTX 2080, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 233600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 2080 96960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 136640 (141%)

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 RTX 2080

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Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 2080 Radeon RX 6900 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2018 2020
Code Name TU104-400A-A1 Navi 21
Memory 8192 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 1515 MHz 1825 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 2000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 458752 MB/sec 524288 MB/sec
Texel Rate 278760 Mtexels/sec 584000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96960 Mpixels/sec 233600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2944 5120
Texture Mapping Units 184 320
Render Output Units 64 128
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 7 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 26800 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

Display Prices

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GeForce RTX 2080

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Radeon RX 6900 XT

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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