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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon R9 390 8G

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 features a GPU core speed of 1320 MHz, and the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 memory runs at 1875 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 3584 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 390 8G, which has a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also makes use of a 512-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 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 390 8G 275 Watts
Difference: 105 Watts (62%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 390 8G should in theory be a bit better than the GeForce RTX 3060 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 390 8G will be a bit (approximately 8%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 160000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12160 (8%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 390 8G should be a small bit (more or less 1%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce RTX 3060, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R9 390 8G 64000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 640 (1%)

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 390 8G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 June 2015
Code Name GA106 Grenada PRO
Memory (Unknown) MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 1000 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 160000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 64000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 2560
Texture Mapping Units 112 160
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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially 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 RTX 3060

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Radeon R9 390 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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