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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon R9 280X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 features clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 280X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1500 MHz on this particular model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units 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

GeForce GTX 1070 18174 points
Radeon R9 280X 8886 points
Difference: 9288 (105%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1070 436 Sol/s
Radeon R9 280X 294 Sol/s
Difference: 142 (48%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

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

Radeon R9 280X 288000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
Difference: 25856 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 is a lot (about 66%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 280X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 108800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 71920 (66%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 69184 (254%)

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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Radeon R9 280X

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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 280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 October 2013
Code Name GP104-200 Tahiti XTL
Memory 8192 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 288000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 108800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2048
Texture Mapping Units 120 128
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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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Radeon R9 280X

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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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