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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 has a clock speed of 602 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1107 MHz. It also features a 512-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M390X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 723 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M390X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 111 Watts (89%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M390X should be 13% quicker than the GeForce GTX 280 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Difference: 18304 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X should be much (more or less 92%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 44384 (92%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X should be just a bit (about 20%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 280, and also able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3872 (20%)

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 M390X

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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 M390X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 2015
Code Name G200 Tonga
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 23136 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 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its 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 - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

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Radeon R9 M390X

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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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