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Radeon R9 270X vs Radeon R9 380 2G

Intro

The Radeon R9 270X comes with a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1400 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 380 2G, which comes with GPU clock speed of 970 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 380 2G 8850 points
Radeon R9 270X 6590 points
Difference: 2260 (34%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 380 2G 19 Mh/s
Radeon R9 270X 18 Mh/s
Difference: 1 (6%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
Radeon R9 380 2G 190 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 380 2G should in theory perform a small bit faster than the Radeon R9 270X in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 182400 MB/sec
Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 2G will be quite a bit (more or less 36%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 270X. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28640 (36%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X will be a bit (more or less 3%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon R9 380 2G, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380 2G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 960 (3%)

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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Radeon R9 270X

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 380 2G

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 Radeon R9 270X Radeon R9 380 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2013 June 2015
Code Name Curacao XT Antigua PRO
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 5600 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 180 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 179200 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 80000 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32000 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R9 270X

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 380 2G

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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