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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon R9 M395X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 features core speeds of 602 MHz on the GPU, and 1107 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M395X, which features GPU core speed of 723 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M395X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 111 Watts (89%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 M395X should theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 280 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Difference: 18304 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M395X should be quite a bit (about 92%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 92544 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 44384 (92%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M395X will be a bit (approximately 20%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTX 280, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 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 M395X

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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 M395X
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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M395X

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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