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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 has 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 features 240 Stream Processors, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which has a core clock frequency of 1175 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 7000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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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

The GeForce GTX 280 should theoretically be much faster than 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 should be a lot (about 56%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 280 is a small bit (about 2%) better at FSAA than the Radeon RX 560, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably 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 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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