AMD Radeon R9 290 vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

Compare AMD Radeon R9 290 vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 4 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 630.00
$ 160.99
$ 469.01 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

25 %
30 %
20% slightly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

50 FPS
63 FPS
13 FPS slightly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

39 FPS
46 FPS
7 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

42 FPS
56 FPS
14 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

22 FPS
26 FPS
4 FPS slightly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Graphics score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

33% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score


Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

512 Bit
700% significantly larger memory bus width
64 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

320 GB/s
122% significantly higher memory bandwidth
144 GB/s


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

275 W
107 W
157% significantly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

60.61 Gigapixels/s
90.1 Gigapixels/s
48% significantly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

151.5 Gigatexels/s
180.2 Gigatexels/s
18% slightly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

18% slightly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

150% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

150% significantly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

100% significantly more render output processors

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

95th of 549
85th of 549


The product line

Radeon R9 Series
Radeon RX 6000 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

January 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported


OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported


Radeon R9 290 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT comparison

In our benchmarks, the Radeon RX 6500 XT beats the Radeon R9 290 in gaming performance.

In addition, the Radeon RX 6500 XT has a significantly lower TDP at 107 W when compared to the Radeon R9 290 at 275 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

According to the results of the hardwareDB benchmark utility, the Radeon RX 6500 XT is faster than the Radeon R9 290.


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