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Geforce GTX 780 vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The Geforce GTX 780 comes with a GPU clock speed of 863 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1502 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 2304 SPUs, 192 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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

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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

The Geforce GTX 780, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon R9 270X overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 is much (approximately 107%) more effective at texture 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 much (more or less 29%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 270X, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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