GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 280X vs 680 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

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

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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

6.9

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680  based on its benchmarks and noise and power.

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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 192.3 GB/s Around 50% higher memory bandwidth
Better 3DMark06 score 28,452 vs 26,525.5 More than 5% better 3DMark06 score
Better floating-point performance 4,096 GFLOPS vs 3,090.4 GFLOPS Around 35% better floating-point performance
Significantly better bitcoin mining score 468.39 mHash/s vs 123.57 mHash/s More than 3.8x better bitcoin mining score
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,536 512 more shading units
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,677 vs 2,928 More than 25% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 73.9 fps vs 64.7 fps Around 15% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 680

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 680

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Much better 3DMark vantage graphics score 33,025 vs 11,255 Around 3x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,006 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Significantly higher crysis 3 framerate 36.8 fps vs 13.1 fps More than 2.8x higher crysis 3 framerate
Lower TDP 195W vs 250W More than 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 280X vs GeForce GTX 680

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
468.39 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 680
123.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
95.62 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 680
47.72 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
3,356.04
GeForce GTX 680
3,360.28

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
3,709.16
GeForce GTX 680
3,719.86

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Battlefield 4

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Comments

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Radeon HD 7970 vs GeForce GTX 680 win HD 7970 (R9 280X WIN TO HD 7970=R9 280X) and here win GTX 680. O.O.
oh yes and another thing that ATI/AMD cards easily gets bottle necked.
AMD and ATI are 2 steps down against NVIDIA and Intel. example 1 an FX 6300 6 core 3.5Ghz per core is only in par with i5 2400 4 core 3.40GHz per core, example 2 an XFX HD 5830 1gb ddr5 vs GTS 250 green 1gb ddr3 both these cards are in par but when it comes to AA (like tomb raider 2013) gts comes up superior. get what im saying, so if your basis are the numbers that the cards give you, then you will think that AMD and ATI is higher. and the fact that the price range differs drastically you'll see automatically which is better.
Yes, noticed that, If AMD were leading by 0.3, they would call a tie and say too close to choose a winner.
GPUBOSS AND CPUBOSS FAVOR INTEL AND NVIDIA..
Either I'm confused or something needs to be fixed here with some of these comparisons. When I view the gtx 680 without comparing it to another card it's rated at an 8.1 yet when I compare it to the Asus r9 280x DU II Top the rating changes to an 8.5. This is bizarre because the Asus r9 280x DU II Top is rated an 8.5 and is clearly faster then the gtx 680 yet both are rated an 8.5. The same thing happens with the reference gtx 770 it's rated at an 8.4 yet when you compare it to the Asus r9 280x DU II Top it's now rated at an 8.7 instead of an 8.4?
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