GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 280X vs 1050 Ti among all GPUs


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T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

Radeon R9 280X 

GPUBoss recommends the Radeon R9 280X  based on its compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 280X

Reasons to consider the
Generic Radeon R9 280X

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Significantly higher memory bandwidth 288 GB/s vs 112.1 GB/s More than 2.5x higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 4,096 GFLOPS vs 1,983 GFLOPS More than 2x better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 128 GTexel/s vs 62 GTexel/s More than 2x higher texture rate
Significantly more shading units 2,048 vs 768 1280 more shading units
Significantly more texture mapping units 128 vs 48 80 more texture mapping units
Better bitcoin mining score 493.57 mHash/s vs 267.31 mHash/s Around 85% better bitcoin mining score
Better sky diver factor score 380.99 vs 348.62 Around 10% better sky diver factor score
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 128 bit 3x wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,291 MHz vs 850 MHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,392 MHz vs 1,000 MHz Around 40% higher turbo clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,008 MHz vs 6,000 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly better manhattan score 3,710.86 vs 2,397.3 Around 55% better manhattan score
Slightly more memory 4,096 MB vs 3,072 MB Around 35% more memory
Higher pixel rate 41.3 GPixel/s vs 32 GPixel/s Around 30% higher pixel rate
Higher memory clock speed 1,752 MHz vs 1,500 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Higher crysis 3 framerate 35.8 vs 25.8 Around 40% higher crysis 3 framerate
Much lower TDP 75W vs 250W 3.3x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 280X vs GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
493.57 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
267.31 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
95.68 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
95.69 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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except 1060 sli doesn't exist
If you happen to fancy mining something like Ethereum, the AMD is twice as fast and uses less power.
Hi, a 1060 sli would be very good
hello, I agree with you fully, the R9 280x is better than the gtx 1050, personally I am a toxic r 9 280x, a nice product but unfortunately only 3 gb vram is not enough anymore. I am forced to change slightly with a gtx 1060 6 gb vram.
Right! Just like the "more than 50% higher clock speed"... 50% would put the 1050 at 1700. Also the radeon runs stock at 1100. I have a refrence Radeon card. GPUBoss is about to be one of those websites I do not visit anymore.
The R9 280x is basically the HD7970 which when new was AMDs flagship GPU and cost over £250 new. I have one of each and the only main difference is the fan noise, the early 7970s are LOUD whilst the 280x is significantly quieter. Performance wise there roughly the same. Second hand there now both about the £100 mark and all I can say is you cannot go wrong for the price Not only that but you can also crossfire two of them try that (SLI) on a 1050/1060?
r9 280x was a solid performer when it was released and still does the job in 1080p. To purchase another card for me it would have to be substantially better than the 280x and that puts the price bracket around $500+ NZD and by the charts in the above comparisons 0.5 of a point in almost all tests seems hardly worth it. Gigabyte windforce r9 280x, 1100mhz core, 1500mhz mem
"Slightly wider memory bus" 384 bit vs 128 bit 3x wider memory bus ...only 3-fold. GPUboss logic.
i just bought a 280x for 100$ came in box with clock speed of 1100 mhz and 1600 mhz on memory,amazing performance on 768p 70$ less than 1050ti
Not really a fair comparison when you compare an aftermarket souped up card vs. a reference r9 280x. When the card is at reasonable clocks like 1030mhz (instead of 850) these benchmarks are turned upside down. It wins in basically every category with the exception of power consumption. I can run BF4 locked on vsync at a constant 60fps, so I'm not sure how much the clock speed effected the benchmark and how much was just a crappy test rig.
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