AMD Radeon R9 280X
AMD Radeon R9 280X VS. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

AMD Radeon R9 280X vs. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

November 13, 2019
                         
Bottom line: Which one is better?

In this review of R9 280X vs GTX 1060, we consider Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 better because of the following; 656MHz faster GPU clock speed, 0.37 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance, 45.1 GPixel/s higher pixel rate, 502MHz faster memory clock speed, 11.5 GTexels/s higher texture rate, 2008MHz higher effective memory clock, 0.8 newer version of DirectX and 70W lower TDP.

GENERAL INFO

When we compare GTX 1060 vs R9 280X we get the following features;

Thermal Design Power (TDP); AMD Radeon R9 280X has 190W whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 120W.

Number of transistors; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 4313 million whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 4400 million.

Semiconductor size; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 28nm whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 16nm.

PCI express (PCIE) version; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 3, the same as Nvidia GeForce 1060.

Width; AMD Radeon R9 280X is 275mm while Nvidia GeForce 1060 is 111.2mm.

Bottom Line general info
Nvidia GeForce 1060 is better in terms of general info.
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PERFORMANCE

The performance features of 280 X vs 1060 have the following comparisons;

Pixel rate; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 27.2 GPixel/s whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 72.3 Pixel/s.

Texture rate; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 109 GTexels/s whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 120.5 GTexels/s.

GPU clock speed; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 850MHz whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 1506MHz.

Floating-point performance; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 3.48 TFLOPS whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 3.85 TFLOPS.

Texture Mapping Units (TMUS); AMD Radeon R9 280X has 128 whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 80.

Bottom Line performance
Nvidia GeForce 1060 is better as it has better performance features.
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MEMORY

The memory features of R9 280 X vs 1060 in this review are as follows;

Maximum memory bandwidth; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 288GB/s while Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 192.2GB/s.

Memory bus width; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 384bit while Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 192bit.

Effective memory speed; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 6000MHz while Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 8008MHz.

RAM; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 3GB while Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 6GB.

Version of GDDR memory; each of the devices has 5.

Bottom Line memory
Nvidia GeForce 1060 and AMD Radeon R9 280X have equal percentage share in terms of memory features.
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PORTS

HDMI output; the two devices have HDMI outputs.

Displayport outputs; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 1 whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 3.

DVI outputs; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 2 whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 1.

Bottom Line ports
Nvidia GeForce 1060 is better as it has 2 DVI outputs.
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KEY FEATURES

OpenGL version; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 4.3 while Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 4.5.

DirectX version; AMD Radeon R9 280X has 11.2 whereas Nvidia GeForce 1060 has 12.

OpenCL version; AMD Radeon R9 280X and Nvidia GeForce 1060 have 1.2.

Supports 4K resolution; the two devices can support 4K resolution.

Supports multi-display technology; the two graphic cards can support multi-display technology.

Supports 3D; the two devices can support 3D.

Bottom Line key features
Nvidia GeForce 1060 is better as it has newer OpenGL and DirectX versions.
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Conclusion

Nvidia GeForce 1060 is better than AMD Radeon R9 280X in this review of 1060 vs 280X as it has faster GPU clock speed amongst other superior features.

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