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GeForce GTX 285 2GB vs Radeon R9 285

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB has clock speeds of 648 MHz on the GPU, and 1242 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 285, which features GPU clock speed of 918 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 285 190 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 204 Watts
Difference: 14 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 285 should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 285 2GB in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 285 176000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 158976 MB/sec
Difference: 17024 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 285 is a lot (approximately 98%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 2GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 285 102816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50976 (98%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 285 is superior to the GeForce GTX 285 2GB, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 285 29376 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8640 (42%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 285 2GB Radeon R9 285
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 September 2014
Code Name G200b Tonga PRO
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 918 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 102816 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 29376 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.4

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 285 2GB

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Radeon R9 285

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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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