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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 1242 MHz on this specific model. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 270X, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1400 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, 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 285 1GB 204 Watts
Difference: 24 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 270X should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 158976 MB/sec
Difference: 20224 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X is quite a bit (about 54%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28160 (54%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X will be much (approximately 54%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11264 (54%)

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 285 1GB

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 285 1GB Radeon R9 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 October 2013
Code Name G200b Curacao XT
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1280
Texture Mapping Units 80 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce GTX 285 1GB

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.

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