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Geforce GTX 770 vs Radeon R9 280X

Intro

The Geforce GTX 770 features core speeds of 1046 MHz on the GPU, and 1753 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 280X, which features clock speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 770 230 Watts
Radeon R9 280X 250 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 280X is 28% faster than the Geforce GTX 770 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 280X 288000 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 770 224384 MB/sec
Difference: 63616 (28%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 770 will be quite a bit (approximately 23%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 280X. (explain)

Geforce GTX 770 133888 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 108800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25088 (23%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 770 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Geforce GTX 770 33472 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6272 (23%)

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

Geforce GTX 770

Radeon R9 280X

Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 770 Radeon R9 280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2013 October 2013
Code Name GK104 Tahiti XTL
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1046 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 7012 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 230 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 224384 MB/sec 288000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 133888 Mtexels/sec 108800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33472 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3540 million 4313 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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to 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 reach the maximum fill rate.

Geforce GTX 770

Radeon R9 280X

Comments

28 Responses to “Geforce GTX 770 vs Radeon R9 280X”
KyleT says:

Pixel Rate
the 280x has 3gb vram which would allow it to handle higher resolutions more effectively.

Anonymous says:

The 280x are been produced with different Core Clocks from Gigabyte and Sapphire. Make sure to do the calculations of Pixel and Texel before judging.

Anonymous says:

The R9 280x and GTX 770 is a close race but it relies on opinion go you want a nvidia card or amd card, and check price points on both cards.

Anonymous says:

The R9 280x also has Mantle enabled so, it should perform better in BF4 if thats a game you want to play.

Anonymous says:

Radeon performance is better.

Anonymous says:

Get the Radeon its a better card>

Nigga says:

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Valery says:

This AMD have same perfomance as Gtx770 & much better. Dx11.2 vs 11.0

skyler says:

If your looking for something to handle 4k better get the 4gb version of the 770.

Anonymous says:

GTX 770 is 5%-8% faster, stop fanboying.

umer says:

Hello guy , Amd Card does not have CUDA Core and alot of applications require CUDA Core like After effect , Cinema4D,...

Vas says:

Hello,
none of these cards are the best and the nvidia does not compares with amd, because there are a lot of things to compare. If you want to choose I think that the best choice is to get a cards that first likes to you and then the card that you really want.For example , if you want to play games in 1080p in maximum settings with great fps , you should go with nvidia, if you want to have two or three or six screens OR if you love amd go with this one.I will go with amd becasue I have two displays and I will buy a third one and because it has 384-bit memory band.I hope you could understand me because I don't know so good English ;)

yucatan says:

Those who thinks Nvidia cards are better, then you need to recheck your brain. Nvidia physx is useless. GCN architecture on Radeon cards are way superior. For eg. It doesn't need a high clock speed but yet produce same result as the 770. Additionally, you got Mantle API enabled for Battlefield 4.

Anonymous says:

I thought the R9 280x was stock clocked at 1050mhz, not 850mhz... The base clock for the 7970 was 925mhz

Brendan says:

The R9-280X would wreck the 770 in this comparison if whoever put in its specs didn't put 850MHz for its clock speed...not that these are accurate examples, nor should they be taken fully seriously, but it makes it even less accurate when one card has the max clock on the best variant, and the other has the lowest on the worst variant. Sapphire has a 280X variant whose clock is like 1000MHz, and if that'd been put in, the 280X would've been at least a little superior.

To anyone that wants a more accurate comparison, pick the card in your price range for both sides, and use those defined clock speeds to crunch the numbers yourself. This is a useful tool for some things but if you want more accuracy, a self-check will help.

MongoPongo says:

I've had a chance to see a comparison between the two and I notice the 3D rendering is just slightly better on the 770 than the 280x. The 280x just seemed a faction of a bit faster. Looking at 2 versions of Battlefield (3 & 4) and an old copy of UT3, maybe one or the other would overclock higher. If it came down to stock clocks, to me, it would about heat (which robs fps) and the price.

KHAWAR ZAMAN says:

r9 280X IS MOST POWERFULL GRAPHICS CARD. WOW GREAT

Sparklepaws says:

Hey guys,

Alright so let me set a few things straight for you all from an unbiased perspective.

Firstly, BOTH cards will work extremely well for gaming and rendering when it comes to price-performance comparison. They compare to more expensive cards on both lines and offer excellent experiences, as they should.

Both cards also have their strong and weak points. The GTX 770 is a nice "out of the box" graphics card, ready to rumble the moment you have it installed. You might need to throttle up the fan to 100% on some games to keep it cool, but it generally handles excellently at stock speeds with no tampering.

The R9 280x is slower, but it has a wider bus lane, making it a worthy adversary to the 770 in the field of data transfer (even making it on-par). It handles heat like an air conditioner and this is good for two reasons: You don't need to worry about it, and if you overclock you STILL don't need to worry about it. This is largely in part to the dual-fans and copper pipes.

Conclusion: EITHER card will serve you well, but there are some situations that will benefit some more than others. If you plan on installing the card and going on with your life, get the GTX 770. If you want to overclock and heat is something you like to manage, grab the R9 280x.

Personally, I enjoy keeping my system cool, so the 280x is for me. I also have problems with dust where I live, so the "open air" build of the R9 makes it easier to clean, as opposed to the 770's choice of fans. Again, this is just my personal preference, choose what works best for you.

Sparklepaws says:

I may also mention that the 280x technically has the hardware to compare (or even surpass) the 770, but it's not doing so. Perhaps a driver update in the future will be able to unlock it's full potential? The wide bus and 3GB Vram will also be good if the new standard for future games requires more from a card.

Again, this doesn't push the 770 out of the arena, it just means the 280x might be better suited for future titles. Casual gamers won't need to worry about this much unless you're planning on decking out your system, overclocking or running conceptual future titles on Ultra.

Anonymous says:

amd is still getting cheaper :)

stevenb says:

ok every one im running the sapp r 9 280x and run 3smark 11 extream als I just bought the 770 gtx GeForce and installed it y? because I had a little money to burn the 770 has beter benchmarks running same thing by 1.2 times better so you can all kiss my ass I will never go back amd that s like compairing amd pros vs I%s and I&s it doesent add the fuck up so stop bitching go with intel and NVidia

stevenb says:

I meant i5 and i7s im drunk fuck u

russj003 says:

Ive had a r9 280x and am currently using the 770. I'm not partial to either amd or nvidia but I can with a clear conscience that the 770 is better hands down. If there is anyone out trying to decide which to get take this advice to heart.

graphicshut says:

Hi bros,
I'm FCP and cg artist. Which GPU is good for hackintosh to do my all stuffs. which card support to install autodesk smoke. any guide pls...

graphicshut says:

Hi bros,
I'm FCP and cg artist. Which GPU is good for hackintosh to do my all stuffs. which card support to install autodesk smoke. any guide pls...

Radeon GTO says:

AMD is cheaper, and is better.
In DX 11 nVIDIA was supported WAY better, but in new DX 12 AMD will be "AMD meant to be played" becouse of open CL optimisations.

About the cards, i have the 280X, and the card is monster from so many years is still very good, GTA V on very high whit good FPS...
And if some guy use computers from many years he will know that Radeon cards are good to go after many years.
Like Radeon HD2xxx vs Ge force 8/9 series, the nvidia dies on HD movies, the Radeon handle them very good, and in games is better whit new drivers...

marco63 says:

Radeon may be cheaper, but you pay for it in hydro and then some. I have used both AMD and NVidia for 25 years.
I have always loved the brilliant color of AMD cards.
The flawless simplicity of NVidia software.
The choice is yours. It depends on your wallet and needs.

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