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GeForce GTX 480 vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 comes with a GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 924 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 SPUs, 60 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 380X, which comes with a clock frequency of 970 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1425 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 380X should perform a little 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 should be a lot (approximately 196%) more effective at 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is a better choice, but not by far. (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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 480

Amazon.com

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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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