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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon R9 M295X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 602 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1107 MHz on this specific card. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M295X, which features a core clock frequency of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M295X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 111 Watts (89%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 M295X should in theory be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 280 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 176000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Difference: 34304 (24%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M295X will be much (more or less 99%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 96000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47840 (99%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M295X is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 24000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4736 (25%)

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 280

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Radeon R9 M295X

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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 280 Radeon R9 M295X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 2014
Code Name G200 Unknown
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 96000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 24000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 2048
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million (Unknown) 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially 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 280

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Radeon R9 M295X

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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