AMD Radeon R9 290
AMD Radeon R9 290 VS. Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB

AMD Radeon R9 290 vs. Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB

October 7, 2019
                         
Bottom line: Which one is better?

In this review of R9 290 vs RX 580, Sapphire Pulse Radon RX 580 4GB is better because of the following; 595MHz faster GPU clock speed, 1.45 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance, 2.01 GPixel/s higher pixel rate, 625MHz faster memory clock speed, 44.7 GTexels/s higher texture rate, 2500MHz higher effective memory clock, 0.8 newer version of DirectX and 65W lower TDP.

GENRERAL INFO

In this review, if we compare RX 580 vs R9 290 we can note the following features;

Thermal Design Power (TDP); AMD Radeon R9 290 has 250W whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 185W.

Number of transistors; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 6200 million while whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 5700 million.

Semiconductor size; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 28nm whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 14nm.

PCI express (PCIE) version; the two graphic cards have 3.

Width; AMD Radeon R9 290 is 274mm whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB is 230mm.

Height; AMD Radeon R9 290 is 120mm while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB is 125mm.

Bottom Line general info
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB is better as it has a lower TDP, smaller number of semiconductor size and is narrower.
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PERFORMANCE

In terms of performance, the comparisons of AMD Radeon R9 290 vs RX 580 have the following features;

Pixel rate; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 41.7 GPixel/s whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 43.71 GPixel/s.

Texture rate; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 152 GTexels/s whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 196.7 GTexels/s.

GPU memory size; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 1125MHz while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 1750MHz.

GPU clock speed; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 662MHz while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 1257MHz.

Floating-point performance; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 4.85 TFLOPS whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 6.29 TFLOPS.

Texture Mapping Units (TMUS); AMD Radeon R9 290 has 160 while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 144.

Bottom Line performance
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB performs better in terms of performance.
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MEMORY

Maximum memory bandwidth; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 288GB/s whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 224GB/s.

Memory bus width; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 512bit while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 256bit.

Effective memory speed; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 4500MHz while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 7000MHz.

RAM; each of the graphic cards has 4GB.

Version of GDDR memory; the two devices have 5 each.

Bottom Line memory
AMD Radeon R9 290 is better in terms of key features as it has a higher maximum memory bandwidth and memory bus width.
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PORTS

HDMI outputs; the two graphic cards have HDMI outputs.

Displayport outputs; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 1 Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 2.

DVI outputs; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 2 while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 1.

Bottom Line ports
AMD Radeon R9 290 and Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB have an equal score in terms of ports.
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KEY FEATURES

OpenGL version; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 4.3 while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 4.5.

DirectX version; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 11.2 whereas Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 12.

OpenCL version; AMD Radeon R9 290 has 1.2 while Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB has 2.

Supports 4K resolution; the two graphic cards can support 4K resolution.

Supports multi-display technology; the two devices have this feature.

Supports 3D; AMD Radeon R9 290 and Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB can support 3D.

Bottom Line key features
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB is better because it has newer OpenGL, DirectX and OpenCL versions.
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Conclusion

We can conclude this by noting that Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB is a better graphic card in this review of RX 580 vs 290 as it has amazing features.

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