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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 comes with 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 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 290, which comes with a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 512-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 2560 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

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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 be a little bit faster than the Radeon R9 290 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 will be a little bit (more or less 16%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 is a lot (approximately 24%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum 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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