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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 280X GeForce GTX 770 SLI
Red Dead Redemption 2 47% 5%
Doom Eternal 26% 18%
Cyberpunk 2077 101% 31%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 47% 5%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 10% 41%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 101% 31%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 101% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 124% 46%
Need For Speed Heat 47% 5%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 94% 96%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 SLI are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X.

The GTX 770 has a 196 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 280X. This results in the GTX 770 providing 159 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 770 has a 196 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R9 280X. This results in the GTX 770 providing 39.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R9 280X was released less than a year after the GTX 770, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 770 has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon R9 280X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 770 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 770 has 160.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 280X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 770 is massively better than the Radeon R9 280X.

The Radeon R9 280X has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 SLI has 3072. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 280X is 1741 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 770 is 3333. The GTX 770 having 1592 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 770 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 280X.

The Radeon R9 280X requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 770 SLI requires 400 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 280X and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 770. The GTX 770 requires 150 Watts more than the Radeon R9 280X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 770 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R9 280X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs1046 MHz
Boost Clock1000 MHzvs1085 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XTLKepler GK104-425-A2 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs30 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1752 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288GB/secvs448.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs3072
Actual Shader Performance84%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs256
Texture Rate108.8 GTexel/svs267.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate27.2 GPixel/svs66.9 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs4
HDMI Connections1vs2
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs400 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

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Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 280X is a high-end Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Graphics Core Next architecture. Read below to know more.

The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off. GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

It equips a GPU codenamed Tahiti XTL Core, which is an energy optimized version of the Tahiti XT2 Core previously used on Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 384-bit memory interface. While the central unit runs at 850MHz and goes up to 1000MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1500MHz.

DirectX 11.2 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, Mantle, PowerTune, TrueAudio, Eyefinity, ZeroCore, HD3D, App Acceleration and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan. The Card is known to run relatively cool.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one 6-pin and one 8-pin available connectors.

Release Price
The release price of $290 is much lower than of its predecessor - Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition which was launched for $499.

Gaming benchmarks prove that at 1080p (1920x1080) Radeon R9 280X is actually 3% slower than its predecessor and so GeForce GTX 770 is still slightly faster.

System Suggestions
We recommend a decent Quad Core Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R9 280X
GeForce GTX 770 SLI is a combination of 2 GeForce GTX 770 put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.
Together, this combination offers 3072 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs. This, on a 256-bit memory interface, per card, of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 1046MHz and goes up to 1085MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1752MHz.
Best case scenario, this combination performs better than dual-graphics GeForce GTX 690 but ultimately, its performance depends on the driver support and on the 3D application.
Therefore, and paired with a powerful processor, all demanding games are playable at the highest settings. Still, this combination might surpass the 450W barrier of TDP and so it will require a very powerful PSU.
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