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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 280X GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 55% 163%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 42% 140%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 37% 133%
Watch Dogs Legion 49% 153%
FIFA 21 22% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 37% 133%
Godfall 151% 327%
Grand Theft Auto VI 118% 270%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 122% 277%
Genshin Impact 55% 163%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280X are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition .

The Radeon R9 280X has a 118 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560 Ti. This results in the Radeon R9 280X providing 62 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 Radeon R9 280X has a 118 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560 Ti and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon R9 280X providing 3.8 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 over a year more recently than the GTX 560 Ti, and so the Radeon R9 280X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 560 Ti.

The Radeon R9 280X has 1792 MB more video memory than the GTX 560 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R9 280X also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R9 280X has 166.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 280X is massively better than the GTX 560 Ti.

The Radeon R9 280X has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 280X is 1741 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 Ti is 656. The Radeon R9 280X having 1085 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 280X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 560 Ti.

The Radeon R9 280X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 560 Ti. This means that the Radeon R9 280X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 560 Ti.

The Radeon R9 280X requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition requires 210 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 280X and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 560 Ti. The Radeon R9 280X requires 40 Watts more than the GTX 560 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 280X may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 560 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs732 MHz
Boost Clock1000 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XTLFermi GF110-270-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs29 Nov 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs950 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288GB/secvs121.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 640 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs448
Actual Shader Performance84%vs32%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs64
Texture Rate108.8 GTexel/svs46.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate27.2 GPixel/svs23.4 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs210 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs550 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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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.

Architecture
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.

GPU
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.

Features
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.

Performance
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 560 Ti 448 Edition is a high-end Graphics Card based on the 270-A1 variant of the 40nm GF110 GPU of the Fermi architecture.
The 270-A1 variant of the GF110 Core comes with 14 SMx activated and thus offers 448 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 320-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition has its central unit clocked at 732MHz and its memory clock operates at 950MHz - same as GeForce GTX 570.
Compared to the regular GeForce GTX 560 Ti, the rated board TDP is around 40W higher but its performance surpasses it largely, while some factory overclocked versions surpass GeForce GTX 570.
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