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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon R9 280

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti uses a 12 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1500 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a frequency of 12000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 280, which comes with core clock speeds of 933 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
Radeon R9 280 250 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon R9 280 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Radeon R9 280 240000 MB/sec
Difference: 54912 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will be a lot (approximately 38%) better at AF than the Radeon R9 280. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280 104496 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 39504 (38%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a lot (about 141%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R9 280, and should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280 29856 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42144 (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 GTX 1660 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 1660 Ti Radeon R9 280
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2019 March 2014
Code Name TU116-400-A1 Tahiti Pro
Memory 6144 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 933 MHz
Memory Speed 12000 GB/s 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 104496 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 29856 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1792
Texture Mapping Units 96 112
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6600 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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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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