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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon R9 390X 8G

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 comes with a GPU core speed of 1320 MHz, and the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 RAM is set to run at 1875 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 3584 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 390X 8G, which comes with a core clock speed of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 2816 SPUs, 176 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Radeon R9 390X 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 105 Watts (62%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 390X 8G is 4% quicker than the GeForce RTX 3060 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 390X 8G 384000 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Difference: 15360 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 390X 8G will be quite a bit (approximately 25%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

Radeon R9 390X 8G 184800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36960 (25%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 390X 8G should be a little bit (about 6%) better at AA than the GeForce RTX 3060, and will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R9 390X 8G 67200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3840 (6%)

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 RTX 3060 Radeon R9 390X 8G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 June 2015
Code Name GA106 Grenada XT
Memory (Unknown) MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 275 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 384000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 184800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2816
Texture Mapping Units 112 176
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 28 nm
Transistors 13250 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few 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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GeForce RTX 3060

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Radeon R9 390X 8G

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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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