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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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Higher memory bandwidth 288 GB/s vs 216.6 GB/s Around 35% higher memory bandwidth
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,280 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 128 vs 80 48 more texture mapping units
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps

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Much higher clock speed 1,506 MHz vs 850 MHz More than 75% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 9,024 MHz vs 6,000 MHz More than 50% higher effective memory clock speed
More memory 6,144 MB vs 3,072 MB 2x more memory
Much higher turbo clock speed 1,709 MHz vs 1,000 MHz More than 70% higher turbo clock speed
Higher pixel rate 72.3 GPixel/s vs 32 GPixel/s More than 2.2x higher pixel rate
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,256 MHz vs 1,500 MHz More than 50% higher memory clock speed
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors
Significantly lower TDP 120W vs 250W 2.1x lower TDP

Features Key features of the Radeon R9 280X  vs GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

Radeon R9 280X
32 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps
72.3 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

Radeon R9 280X
128 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps
120.5 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon R9 280X
4,096 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps
3,855 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

Radeon R9 280X  vs
GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name Tahiti GP106
Clock speed 850 MHz 1,506 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 1,709 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card AMD Radeon R9 280X 850 MHz 3 GB None

raw performance

Shading units 2,048 1,280
Texture mapping units 128 80
Render output processors 32 48
Pixel rate 32 GPixel/s 72.3 GPixel/s
Texture rate 128 GTexel/s 120.5 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 4,096 GFLOPS 3,855 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon R9 280X  vs
GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps 
Memory clock speed 1,500 MHz 2,256 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz 9,024 MHz
Memory bus 384 bit 192 bit
Memory 3,072 MB 6,144 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 288 GB/s 216.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 250W 120W

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