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Radeon R9 280 vs Radeon RX 570

Intro

The Radeon R9 280 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 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 570, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1168 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, 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

Radeon RX 570 12108 points
Radeon R9 280 7961 points
Difference: 4147 (52%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 570 298 Sol/s
Radeon R9 280 183 Sol/s
Difference: 115 (63%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 570 26 Mh/s
Radeon R9 280 22 Mh/s
Difference: 4 (18%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 570 150 Watts
Radeon R9 280 250 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 280 should be 5% faster than the Radeon RX 570 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 280 240000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 570 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 10624 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 570 will be much (more or less 43%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 280. (explain)

Radeon RX 570 149504 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280 104496 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 45008 (43%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 570 will be much (approximately 25%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon R9 280, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon RX 570 37376 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280 29856 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7520 (25%)

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 Radeon R9 280 Radeon RX 570
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2014 April 2017
Code Name Tahiti Pro Polaris 20
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 933 MHz 1168 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 240000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 104496 Mtexels/sec 149504 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29856 Mpixels/sec 37376 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1792 2048
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 4313 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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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