|Recommended System Requirements|
|Game||Radeon R9 280X||GeForce GTX 770|
|Watch Dogs 2||19%||18%|
|Mass Effect Andromeda||16%||18%|
|Forza Horizon 3||69%||66%|
|Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands||37%||35%|
|Resident Evil 7||10%||11%|
|Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||0%||1%|
In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X.
The GeForce GTX 770 has a 196 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Radeon R9 280X. This results in the GeForce GTX 770 providing 25.1 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.
The GeForce GTX 770 has a 196 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 280X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 770 providing 6.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.
The Radeon R9 280X was released less than a year after the GeForce GTX 770, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.
Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.
The Radeon R9 280X has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 770, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R9 280X also has superior memory performance overall.
The Radeon R9 280X has 63.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 770, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 280X is much better than the GeForce GTX 770.
The Radeon R9 280X has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 280X is 1741 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 770 is 1667. The Radeon R9 280X having 74 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 280X delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 770.
The Radeon R9 280X requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 770 requires 230 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 280X and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 770. The Radeon R9 280X requires 20 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 770 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon R9 280X to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GTX 770.
Can I Run It
|Core Speed||850 MHz||vs||1046 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1000 MHz||vs||1085 MHz|
|Architecture||GCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL||Kepler GK104-425-A2|
|Release Date||08 Oct 2013||vs||30 May 2013|
|GPU Link||GD Link||GD Link|
|Memory||3072 MB||vs||2048 MB|
|Memory Speed||1500 MHz||vs||1752 MHz|
|Memory Bus||384 Bit||vs||256 Bit|
|L2 Cache||768 KB||vs||512 KB|
|Delta Color Compression||no||vs||no|
|Shader Processing Units||2048||vs||1536|
|Actual Shader Performance||84%||vs||80%|
|Texture Mapping Units||128||vs||128|
|Texture Rate||108.8 GTexel/s||vs||133.9 GTexel/s|
|Render Output Units||32||vs||32|
|Pixel Rate||27.2 GPixel/s||vs||33.5 GPixel/s|
|Max Digital Resolution (WxH)||4096x2160||vs||4096x2160|
|Max Power||250 Watts||vs||230 Watts|
|Recommended PSU||750 Watts & 42 Amps||vs||550 Watts & 37 Amps|
|Recommended Processor||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz||vs||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz|
|Recommended RAM||8 GB||vs||8 GB|
|Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution||1920x1080||vs||1920x1080|
|Mini Review||Overview |
Radeon R9 280X is a high-end Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Graphics Core Next architecture. Read below to know more.
The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off. GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.
It equips a GPU codenamed Tahiti XTL Core, which is an energy optimized version of the Tahiti XT2 Core previously used on Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 384-bit memory interface. While the central unit runs at 850MHz and goes up to 1000MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1500MHz.
DirectX 11.2 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, Mantle, PowerTune, TrueAudio, Eyefinity, ZeroCore, HD3D, App Acceleration and other technologies.
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan. The Card is known to run relatively cool.
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one 6-pin and one 8-pin available connectors.
The release price of $290 is much lower than of its predecessor - Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition which was launched for $499.
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 1080p (1920x1080) Radeon R9 280X is actually 3% slower than its predecessor and so GeForce GTX 770 is still slightly faster.
We recommend a decent Quad Core Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R9 280X
|Recommended CPU||Intel Core i5-2310 2.9GHz|
Intel Xeon Processor X5677
AMD Phenom II X6 1065T
AMD Opteron 6234
Intel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
|Intel Core i7-4770T 4-Core 2.5GHz|
Intel Xeon E3-1270
Intel Core i7-2600K 4-Core 3.40GHz
Intel Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz
|Possible GPU Upgrades||-||-|
|GPU Variants||Radeon R9 280X Club3D royalQueen Edition|
Radeon R9 280X VisionTek 3GB Edition
Radeon R9 280X Asus Matrix 3GB Edition
Radeon R9 280X XFX Double D 3GB Edition
Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Dual-X 3GB OC Edition
Radeon R9 280X PowerColor TurboDuo 3GB OC Edition
Radeon R9 280X MSI Gaming 3GB Edition
Radeon R9 280X HIS iPower IceQ X² Edition
Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition
Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB TRI-X OC Edition
Radeon R9 280X MSI Gaming 6GB Edition
Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition
Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition
Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition
Radeon R9 280X Matrix Platinum 3GB Edition
Radeon R9 280X XFX Double D Black Edition
Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Toxic 3GB OC Edition
|GeForce GTX 770 Gainward 2GB Edition|
GeForce GTX 770 EVGA SC Edition
GeForce GTX 770 Galaxy GC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 770 Asus ROG Poseidon 2GB Edition