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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon R9 280

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 has core speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1920 SPUs as well as 120 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 280, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 933 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator 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

GeForce GTX 1070 18174 points
Radeon R9 280 7961 points
Difference: 10213 (128%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1070 436 Sol/s
Radeon R9 280 183 Sol/s
Difference: 253 (138%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
Radeon R9 280 250 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1070 should be 9% faster than the Radeon R9 280 overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
Radeon R9 280 240000 MB/sec
Difference: 22144 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 should be quite a bit (more or less 73%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R9 280. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280 104496 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 76224 (73%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is superior to the Radeon R9 280, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280 29856 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 66528 (223%)

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 1070

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon R9 280
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 March 2014
Code Name GP104-200 Tahiti Pro
Memory 8192 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 933 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 104496 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 29856 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 1792
Texture Mapping Units 120 112
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7200 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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Radeon R9 280

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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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