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GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon R9 290X

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3060 uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1320 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a frequency of 1875 MHz on this specific model. It features 3584 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 290X, which has clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2816 SPUs as well as 176 Texture Address Units 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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce RTX 3060 should in theory be just a bit better than the Radeon R9 290X in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 should be a bit (about 5%) more effective at anisotropic 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3060 is superior to the Radeon R9 290X, 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 max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 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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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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