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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti vs Radeon R9 280X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1607 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 2000 MHz on this particular card. It features 2432 SPUs along with 152 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 280X, which has GPU clock speed of 850 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1500 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 SPUs, 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 Ti 19808 points
Radeon R9 280X 8886 points
Difference: 10922 (123%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 180 Watts
Radeon R9 280X 250 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 280X, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is much (more or less 125%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 280X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 244264 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 108800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 135464 (125%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 102848 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 75648 (278%)

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 Ti

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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 Ti Radeon R9 280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2017 October 2013
Code Name GP104-300 Tahiti XTL
Memory 8192 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1607 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 180 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 288000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 244264 Mtexels/sec 108800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 102848 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2432 2048
Texture Mapping Units 152 128
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 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

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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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