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GeForce GTX 480 vs Radeon R9 380 2G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 comes with core speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 924 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 380 2G, which features core clock speeds of 970 MHz on the GPU, and 1425 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 TAUs 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
GeForce GTX 480 3650 points
Difference: 5200 (142%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380 2G 190 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (32%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 380 2G should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 480 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 182400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
Difference: 4992 (3%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 2G is much (approximately 159%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 108640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 66640 (159%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380 2G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2560 (8%)

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 480

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Radeon R9 380 2G

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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 480 Radeon R9 380 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 June 2015
Code Name GF100 Antigua PRO
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 1792
Texture Mapping Units 60 112
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 480

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 380 2G

Amazon.com

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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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