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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Radeon R9 380 2G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1242 MHz on this particular model. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 380 2G, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 970 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1425 MHz on this specific card. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380 2G 190 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 204 Watts
Difference: 14 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 380 2G is 15% faster than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 182400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 158976 MB/sec
Difference: 23424 (15%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 2G is quite a bit (approximately 110%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 108640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56800 (110%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 380 2G is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 31040 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10304 (50%)

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

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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 285 1GB Radeon R9 380 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 June 2015
Code Name G200b Antigua PRO
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's 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 applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

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

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GeForce GTX 285 1GB

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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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