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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 290, which has core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. 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 290 300 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (76%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 3060, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the Radeon R9 290 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 48640 (15%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 should be just a bit (about 16%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19840 (16%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3060 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12160 (24%)

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 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 November 2013
Code Name GA106 Hawaii PRO
Memory (Unknown) MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1320 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1875 GB/s 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 368640 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 147840 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 51200 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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - 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 290

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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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