GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 280X vs 780


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

battlefield 3 (2013)


Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

3DMark 11 Graphics, 3DMark Vantage Graphics and 3DMark06

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2013)

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load


GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780  based on its gaming and benchmarks.

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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 turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 902 MHz More than 10% higher turbo clock speed
Front view of GeForce GTX 780

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Better 3DMark06 score 35,080 vs 28,452 Around 25% better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 42,870 vs 36,241 Around 20% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 14,020 vs 10,792 Around 30% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher pixel rate 41.4 GPixel/s vs 27.2 GPixel/s More than 50% higher pixel rate
More texture mapping units 192 vs 128 64 more texture mapping units
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 141 fps vs 106.5 fps More than 30% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 95.3 fps vs 73.9 fps Around 30% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score 365.9 vs 339.1 Around 10% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 280X vs GeForce GTX 780

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

3DMark Vantage Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 10 GPU performance

3DMark06 Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 9 GPU performance

Battlefield 3 (2013) 1920x1080 - Ultra quality + FXAA-HIGH

Radeon R9 280X
106.5 fps
GeForce GTX 780
141 fps

BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

Radeon R9 280X
73.9 fps
GeForce GTX 780
95.3 fps

Civilization 5 Texture Decomp (2013) Using the newest graphics cards Civ V can speed screen transitions by reducing texture sizes

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 280X  vs GeForce GTX 780 

Overclocking works very well and reaches the highest clocks of all GTX 780 cards we tested so far.
GeForce GTX 780


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