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GeForce GTX 480 vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 has a clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 924 MHz. It also features a 384-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 60 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 380X, which has clock speeds of 970 MHz on the GPU, and 1425 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 380X 9519 points
GeForce GTX 480 3650 points
Difference: 5869 (161%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380X 190 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (32%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 380X, in theory, should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 480 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 182400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
Difference: 4992 (3%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X will be quite a bit (about 196%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 82160 (196%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is superior to the Radeon R9 380X, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380X 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2560 (8%)

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 480

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Radeon R9 380X

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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 480 Radeon R9 380X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 November 2015
Code Name GF100 Tonga XT
Memory 1536 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 2048
Texture Mapping Units 60 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 480

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Radeon R9 380X

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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