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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 has core clock speeds of 602 MHz on the GPU, and 1107 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which features a core clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 136 Watts (136%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M290X should in theory perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 280 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Difference: 11904 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be a lot (more or less 41%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19840 (41%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7936 (41%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 280 Radeon R9 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G200 Neptune XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1280
Texture Mapping Units 80 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per 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 - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

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Radeon R9 M290X

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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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