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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon HD 6990

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 602 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 1107 MHz on this model. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6990, which comes with core clock speeds of 830 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 139 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6990 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 280 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Difference: 178304 (126%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 will be a lot (more or less 231%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 159360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 111200 (231%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6990 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 53120 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 33856 (176%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 280

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Radeon HD 6990

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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 HD 6990
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 March 2011
Code Name G200 Antilles
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 602 MHz 830 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 375 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 159360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 53120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 80 96 (x2)
Render Output Units 32 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in one second.

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

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GeForce GTX 280

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 6990

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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