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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 280X Crossfire GeForce GTX 1080
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 30%
Hitman 3 36% 9%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 38%
FIFA 21 47% 65%
Grand Theft Auto VI 47% 2%
Far Cry 6 52% 1%
Genshin Impact 5% 30%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 50% 0%
Battlefield 6 36% 9%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has a 757 MHz higher core clock speed but 96 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the R9 280X. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 1080 manages to provide 39.5 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 GeForce GTX 1080 has a 757 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 48.4 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 GeForce GTX 1080 was released over a year more recently than the R9 280X, and so the GeForce GTX 1080 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 280X.

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 GeForce GTX 1080 has 2048 MB more video memory than the R9 280X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the R9 280X has superior memory performance.

The R9 280X has 255.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1080, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the GeForce GTX 1080.

The Radeon R9 280X Crossfire has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1080 has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is 5989. The GeForce GTX 1080 having 1893 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the R9 280X performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 1080 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 280X. This means that the GeForce GTX 1080 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 280X.

The Radeon R9 280X Crossfire requires 550 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 280X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1080. The R9 280X requires 370 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1080 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 1080.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs1607 MHz
Boost Clock1000 MHzvs1733 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)Pascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date01 Oct 2013vs27 May 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
green tick vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1251 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth576GB/secvs320.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units256vs160
Texture Rate217.6 GTexel/svs257.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate54.4 GPixel/svs102.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power550 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU1000 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 280X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 280X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 280X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 60% better than a single Radeon R9 280X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 280X. Expect this combination to draw up to 550 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
GeForce GTX 1080 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed P104-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU and has 20 SM activated, offering 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The central unit runs at 1607MHz and goes up to 1733MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1251MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 180W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Benchmarks Indicate GeForce GTX 1080 can be over 25% Faster than GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 4K. In Fact, even the Dual Radeon R9 295X2 is easily topped.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect a performance boost ranging between 20% and 30%, over GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
As of May 2016, GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single Graphics Card available.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1080 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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