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Geforce GTX 780 vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The Geforce GTX 780 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 863 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1502 MHz on this specific card. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 192 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 270X, which has a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1400 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
Geforce GTX 780 250 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 780 is 61% faster than the Radeon R9 270X overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Geforce GTX 780 288384 MB/sec
Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 109184 (61%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 is a lot (approximately 107%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 270X. (explain)

Geforce GTX 780 165696 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 85696 (107%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 is quite a bit (approximately 29%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 270X, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Geforce GTX 780 41424 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9424 (29%)

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 780

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 270X

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 780 Radeon R9 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2013 October 2013
Code Name GK110 Curacao XT
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 863 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 288384 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 165696 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 41424 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2304 1280
Texture Mapping Units 192 80
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7080 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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