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GeForce RTX 2060 vs Radeon R9 280X

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2060 has clock speeds of 1365 MHz on the GPU, and 14000 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 280X, which comes with GPU core 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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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 2060 160 Watts
Radeon R9 280X 250 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (56%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce RTX 2060 should be just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 280X overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 344064 MB/sec
Radeon R9 280X 288000 MB/sec
Difference: 56064 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 should be a lot (about 51%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 280X. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 163800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 108800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 55000 (51%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 2060 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 65520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 38320 (141%)

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 RTX 2060

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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 RTX 2060 Radeon R9 280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2019 October 2013
Code Name TU106-200A-KA-A1 Tahiti XTL
Memory 6144 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1365 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 14000 GB/s 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 344064 MB/sec 288000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 163800 Mtexels/sec 108800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 65520 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2048
Texture Mapping Units 120 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 10800 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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output 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 max fill rate.

Display Prices

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GeForce RTX 2060

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Radeon R9 280X

Amazon.com

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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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