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Radeon R9 290 vs Radeon RX 6650 XT

Intro

The Radeon R9 290 has core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2560 SPUs along with 160 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 6650 XT, which has a core clock frequency of 2055 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 2190 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6650 XT 176 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 124 Watts (70%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 290 is 11% faster than the Radeon RX 6650 XT overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 6650 XT 287072 MB/sec
Difference: 32928 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6650 XT is quite a bit (more or less 106%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

Radeon RX 6650 XT 263040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 135040 (106%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 6650 XT will be quite a bit (about 157%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 290, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon RX 6650 XT 131520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 80320 (157%)

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 6650 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2013 May 2022
Code Name Hawaii PRO Navi 23
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 2055 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4380 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 176 watts
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 287072 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128000 Mtexels/sec 263040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 51200 Mpixels/sec 131520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 2048
Texture Mapping Units 160 128
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 512-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 6200 million 11060 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon R9 290

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Radeon RX 6650 XT

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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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