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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 has a core clock speed of 602 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1107 MHz. It also features a 512-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which features GPU clock speed of 2200 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 RAM running at 2250 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 107 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 129 Watts (121%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 6500 XT will be 4% faster than the GeForce GTX 280 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 147456 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Difference: 5760 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6500 XT should be a lot (approximately 192%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 140800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 92640 (192%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6500 XT is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 70400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 51136 (265%)

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 RX 6500 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 January 2022
Code Name G200 Navi 24 XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 2200 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 4500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 107 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 147456 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 70400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1024
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR6
Bus Width 512-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 6 nm
Transistors 1400 million 5400 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

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Radeon RX 6500 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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