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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 MSI TwinFrozr II OC 1GB Edition Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 191% 40%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 191% 40%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 172% 30%
Cyberpunk 2077 300% 92%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 300% 92%
Borderlands 3 207% 47%
The Outer Worlds 167% 28%
FIFA 20 55% 26%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 33% 36%
eFootball PES 2020 99% 5%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 MSI TwinFrozr II OC 1GB Edition.

The R9 280X has a 130 MHz higher core clock speed and 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560. This results in the R9 280X providing 79.3 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 R9 280X has a 130 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 280X providing 4.2 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 R9 280X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 560, and so the R9 280X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 560.

The R9 280X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 560, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 280X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 280X has 157.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 MSI TwinFrozr II OC 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 585 and the actual shader performance of the R9 280X is 1915. The R9 280X having 1330 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 560.

The R9 280X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 560. This means that the R9 280X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 MSI TwinFrozr II OC 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 100 Watts more than the GTX 560 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 560.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed870 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1100 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date17 May 2011vs09 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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1600x900
7.8
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
6
vs green tick
8.7
2560x1440
4
vs green tick
6.5
3840x2160 - vs green tick
5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1020 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth130.6GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs2048
Actual Shader Performance28%vs92%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs128
Texture Rate48.7 GTexel/svs128 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate27.8 GPixel/svs32 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs600 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 560 MSI TwinFrozr II OC 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 560, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 870MHz, instead of 810MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1020MHz, instead of 1002MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
TwinFrozr II Cooling Solution.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 5% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 560.
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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