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GeForce RTX 2060 vs Radeon R9 280X

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2060 makes use of a 12 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1365 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 1920 SPUs as well as 120 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 280X, which features a clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 2060 160 Watts
Radeon R9 280X 250 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (56%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 2060 should in theory perform a little bit faster than the Radeon R9 280X overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 344064 MB/sec
Radeon R9 280X 288000 MB/sec
Difference: 56064 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 should be much (more or less 51%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 280X. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 163800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 108800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 55000 (51%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 will be quite a bit (more or less 141%) more effective at AA than the Radeon R9 280X, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 65520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 38320 (141%)

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 RTX 2060 Radeon R9 280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2019 October 2013
Code Name TU106-200A-KA-A1 Tahiti XTL
Memory 6144 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1365 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 344064 MB/sec 288000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 163800 Mtexels/sec 108800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 65520 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2048
Texture Mapping Units 120 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 10800 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many 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 RTX 2060

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Radeon R9 280X

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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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