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GeForce GTX 480 vs Radeon R9 M295X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 924 MHz on this particular card. It features 480 SPUs along with 60 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M295X, which has GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M295X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 125 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 480, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M295X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M295X 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 1408 (1%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M295X is quite a bit (more or less 129%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 96000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 54000 (129%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 480 should be much (about 40%) more effective at AA than the Radeon R9 M295X, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M295X 24000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9600 (40%)

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 480

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Radeon R9 M295X

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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 480 Radeon R9 M295X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 2014
Code Name GF100 Unknown
Memory 1536 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 96000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 24000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 2048
Texture Mapping Units 60 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 480

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M295X

Amazon.com

Check prices at:

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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