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Radeon R9 290 vs Radeon RX 6700 XT

Intro

The Radeon R9 290 uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 2560 SPUs along with 160 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6700 XT, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 2321 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific card. 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)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 230 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 6700 XT should in theory be quite a bit better than the Radeon R9 290 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 393216 MB/sec
Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 73216 (23%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6700 XT will be a lot (about 190%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 371360 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 243360 (190%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 6700 XT should be a lot (about 190%) better at FSAA than the Radeon R9 290, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 148544 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 97344 (190%)

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 Radeon R9 290 Radeon RX 6700 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2013 March 2021
Code Name Hawaii PRO Navi 22
Memory 4096 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 2321 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 230 watts
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 393216 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128000 Mtexels/sec 371360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 51200 Mpixels/sec 148544 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2560
Texture Mapping Units 160 160
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 512-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 6200 million 17200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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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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