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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon R9 280X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti features core speeds of 1500 MHz on the GPU, and 12000 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 280X, which comes with 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 features 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will be 2% quicker than the Radeon R9 280X in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Radeon R9 280X 288000 MB/sec
Difference: 6912 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is much (about 32%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 280X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 108800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35200 (32%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 44800 (165%)

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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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 1660 Ti Radeon R9 280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2019 October 2013
Code Name TU116-400-A1 Tahiti XTL
Memory 6144 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 12000 GB/s 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 288000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 108800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2048
Texture Mapping Units 96 128
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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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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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