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GeForce GTX 1630 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1630 comes with a clock frequency of 1740 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 12 nm design. It features 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which features GPU clock speed of 850 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 Stream Processors, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1630 75 Watts
Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M290X should theoretically perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 1630 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1630 98304 MB/sec
Difference: 55296 (56%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X will be much (approximately 22%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1630. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1630 55680 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12320 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1630 is superior to the Radeon R9 M290X, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1630 27840 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 640 (2%)

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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GeForce GTX 1630

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1630 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2022 May 1 2014
Code Name TU117 Neptune XT
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1740 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 1500 GB/s 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 98304 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 55680 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27840 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1280
Texture Mapping Units 32 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4700 million (Unknown) 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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1630

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Radeon R9 M290X

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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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