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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 comes with a core clock frequency of 1320 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1875 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 8 nm design. It is comprised of 3584 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 290X, which comes with core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2816 SPUs as well as 176 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Radeon R9 290X 300 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (76%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce RTX 3060 should theoretically be a small bit superior to the Radeon R9 290X overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 is just a bit (more or less 5%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 290X. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7040 (5%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3060 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290X 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 290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2021 October 2013
Code Name GA106 Hawaii XT
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 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 63360 Mpixels/sec 51200 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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR 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 worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one 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 Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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