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Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon R9 280

Intro

The Geforce GTX 760 features core clock speeds of 980 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 280, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 933 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 280 7961 points
Geforce GTX 760 5923 points
Difference: 2038 (34%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 280 22 Mh/s
Geforce GTX 760 13 Mh/s
Difference: 9 (69%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 760 170 Watts
Radeon R9 280 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 280 should theoretically be much superior to the Geforce GTX 760 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 280 240000 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 760 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 47744 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 280 should be a bit (approximately 11%) better at texture filtering than the Geforce GTX 760. (explain)

Radeon R9 280 104496 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 760 94080 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10416 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 760 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 31360 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280 29856 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1504 (5%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 760 Radeon R9 280
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2013 March 2014
Code Name GK104 Tahiti Pro
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 933 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 94080 Mtexels/sec 104496 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 31360 Mpixels/sec 29856 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1792
Texture Mapping Units 96 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3540 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few 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 760

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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.

Comments

2 Responses to “Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon R9 280”
Corey says:

Now why the hell does the 760 cost so much?

Anon says:

Corey- Because the 760 is now obsolete and no longer in manufacture however in scenarios it outperforms its replacement so ther e is still demand for them. The 280 is also pretty obsolete now however it has no replacement. Also the 760 overclocks like a champ and can out perform a stock gtx 770.

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