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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX Titan X Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 21% 40%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 21% 40%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 26% 30%
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 92%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 9% 92%
Borderlands 3 16% 47%
FIFA 20 58% 26%
The Outer Worlds 27% 28%
eFootball PES 2020 46% 5%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 20% 111%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition.

The GTX Titan and the R9 280X have the same core clock speed of 1000 MHz, but the GTX Titan has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 280X. As a result, the GTX Titan exhibits a 64 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 280X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX Titan and the R9 280X have the same core clock speed of 1000 MHz, but the GTX Titan has 64 more Render Output Units than the R9 280X. As a result, the GTX Titan exhibits a 64 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R9 280X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX Titan was released over a year more recently than the R9 280X, and so the GTX Titan is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 280X.

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 GTX Titan has 9216 MB more video memory than the R9 280X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX Titan also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX Titan has 48.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 280X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX Titan is noticeably better than the R9 280X.

The GeForce GTX Titan X has 3072 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX Titan is 4516 and the actual shader performance of the R9 280X is 1915. The GTX Titan having 2601 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX Titan delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 280X.

The GeForce GTX Titan X requires 250 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX Titan and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 280X. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1089 MHzvs1100 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-400-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date17 Mar 2015vs09 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory12288 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth336.6GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3072vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs92%
Texture Mapping Units192vs128
Texture Rate192 GTexel/svs128 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs32
Pixel Rate96 GPixel/svs32 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX Titan X is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

It equips a GPU codenamed GM200-400-A1 which has 24 SM activated and thus 3072 Shader Processing Units, 192 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1089MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 12GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1753MHz. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way adds extra performance.

DirectX 12.0 Support (11.2 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, VXGI, MFAA, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System is Identical to the one used on the Original Titan but colored black instead, giving it a more modern design.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and 8-pin connectors.

Release Price
GeForce GTX Titan X was released for $999.

Benchmarks indicate that 1920x1080, it is even faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2 - a dual Graphics Card.
However, GeForce GTX Titan X is best suited for 3K gaming and in that scenario, AMD's Dual Radeon R9 295X2 is considerably faster and somewhat cheaper.
Truth is, even a solution of 2 GeForce GTX 970 proves to be faster and much cheaper.
Therefore, GeForce GTX Titan X is not a worthy purchase.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX Titan X.
Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "WindForce", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 850MHz to 1000MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1100MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card offers the same performance a GeForce GTX 770 does.
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