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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 features a GPU core clock speed of 602 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 1107 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is comprised of 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 7000 MHz on this model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 156 Watts (195%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 280 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the Radeon RX 560 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 27008 (24%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is a lot (about 56%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27040 (56%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 280 is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 464 (2%)

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 280

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Radeon RX 560

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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 280 Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 May 2017
Code Name G200 Baffin
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1024
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

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Radeon RX 560

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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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