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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon R9 280

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 280, which comes with core speeds of 933 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units 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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1070 should theoretically be a small bit better than the Radeon R9 280 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 is much (more or less 73%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is a better choice, 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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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 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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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