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Radeon R9 280 vs Radeon RX 6600 XT

Intro

The Radeon R9 280 features a GPU core clock speed of 933 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1792 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6600 XT, which features a clock frequency of 1968 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6600 XT 160 Watts
Radeon R9 280 250 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (56%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 6600 XT should theoretically be just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 280 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6600 XT 262144 MB/sec
Radeon R9 280 240000 MB/sec
Difference: 22144 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6600 XT is much (more or less 141%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 280. (explain)

Radeon RX 6600 XT 251904 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 280 104496 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 147408 (141%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6600 XT is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 6600 XT 125952 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 280 29856 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 96096 (322%)

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 Radeon R9 280 Radeon RX 6600 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2014 August 2021
Code Name Tahiti Pro Navi 23 XT
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 933 MHz 1968 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 240000 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 104496 Mtexels/sec 251904 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29856 Mpixels/sec 125952 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1792 2048
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 4313 million 11060 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R9 280

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Radeon RX 6600 XT

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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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