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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 is made up of 3584 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 390 8G, which has core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 160 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator 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 theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce RTX 3060 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 390 8G should be a bit (more or less 8%) more effective at AF 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 bit (about 1%) more effective at AA than the GeForce RTX 3060, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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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GeForce RTX 3060

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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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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