GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 280X vs 960 among Desktop GPUs


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Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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Overall Score

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960  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
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Much better 3DMark06 score 28,452 vs 10,767.5 Around 2.8x better 3DMark06 score
Much higher memory bandwidth 288 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 2.5x higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 4,096 GFLOPS vs 2,308.1 GFLOPS More than 75% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 128 GTexel/s vs 72.1 GTexel/s Around 80% higher texture rate
Much better bitcoin mining score 468.39 mHash/s vs 111.95 mHash/s Around 4.2x better bitcoin mining score
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Significantly more shading units 2,048 vs 1,024 Twice as many shading units
Significantly more texture mapping units 128 vs 64 Twice as many texture mapping units
Much wider memory bus 384 bit vs 128 bit 3x wider memory bus
Better sky diver factor score 380.99 vs 358.69 More than 5% better sky diver factor score
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,677 vs 3,046 More than 20% better PassMark direct compute score
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 10,792 More than 3x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Much better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 11,255 More than 2.8x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,000 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher crysis 3 framerate 36.1 fps vs 13.1 fps More than 2.8x higher crysis 3 framerate
Higher turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz vs 1,000 MHz Around 20% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,500 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Higher thief framerate 50.6 vs 33.6 More than 50% higher thief framerate
Significantly lower TDP 120W vs 250W 2.1x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 280X vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
468.39 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
95.62 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
1,924.31 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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The 280x is one of the best cards in years for the money. The 960 is basically a footnote to the 970 due to it's limited memory bandwidth.
r9 280x have more potential in games.
Mine is running at 1170MHz stable... in Witcher 3 maxed out, there is like 15 FPS difference between 850MHz and 1170MHz
keep in mind the 960 can be overclocked to 1500 mhz
770 outperforms the 960
The 770 outperforms the 960.
and the 128 bit bus is too small to utilize all that VRAM, lol
Yep that is true but it is almost similar most of the power drawn from the wall is put out as heat the margin is negligible
No it's a measure of cooling dissipation and has no correlation with power draw, hence why a 390 on consumes 60W more than a 970
Yp my r9 280x run at 1ghz
> My point is comparison between differant platforms > Significantly higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 35% higher clock speed I was replying to a complaint about clock speeds being listed wrong. I think we are arguing the same point. Only a moron would say Nvidia was better simply because it had a higher clock speed.
Hmm some dx 12 benchmark's shows that but it is in the softwear department Nvidia will perfore well with driver updates not to mension that they were more optimized in dx11 (mantle was great though)
It may draw more power but at the end of the day there's no noticeable differance in your electracity charges but in a price to performance stand point the 280x gets the edge while delivering more power and thar 3gig memory buffer will let you increase graphic settings to a much higher values specially in texture department And Gpu boss is really Nvidia biased they could have use more real world benchmarks such as GTA V wich shows similar performance in both AMD and Nvidia cards which really falls to the tflops to fps ratio in both sides And i am not a hardcore amd guy i appreciate Nvidia and their efficiency And the point here is THE R9 280x is the WINNER
Agree but overclock dint gain me any FPS beyond 1ghz
Arm is downright made for the task
My point is comparison between differant platforms and architectures isnt that technical simply you cant run any high end pc game on an ipad or edite a 4k footage and I'm not a AMD guy I highly appreciate the efficiency of Nvidia . with the r9 nano is seems to be AMD also catching up i personaly uses a r9 280x vapor x tri x wich served me for somewhile while being cost efficient and affective and the 3gig memory buffer helps lot in high end game gaining an edge over the more efficient 960 at that price point
And the latest ARM iPad is faster per-clock than AMDs current line of x86s CPUs, The only LOL here is you thinking ARM is worse than x86, ARM is a superior design, it doesn't waste power converting CISC to RISC interally.
why not (thermal design power) which is the typical power draw in 100% usage
LOL that is ARM
buy console
I got a card of Craigslist its a Msi Gaming R9 280x $150
lol I apologize for this comment I misunderstood you lolz but Yeaa I agree their comparisons are false
You missed my point entirely it is capable of 5k video yeaa I was not saying for games I said " Living room system "
not true a Msi Gaming edition R9 280x outperforms a 970 in half the games so how could a 960 even come close?
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