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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon R9 M395X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 has a GPU core speed of 602 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 1107 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also features 240 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M395X, which has clock speeds of 723 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 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

In theory, the Radeon R9 M395X will be 13% quicker than the GeForce GTX 280 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M395X is quite a bit (more or less 92%) faster with regards to AF 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 should be just a bit (approximately 20%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTX 280, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum 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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