NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti vs AMD Radeon R9 280X

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
AMD Radeon R9 280X

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
46.79
 
11.48
Architecture
Pascal
 
GCN
Code name
N17P-G1
 
Thaiti XTL
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
no data
 
reference
Release date
25 October 2016
 
8 October 2013
Launch price (MSRP)
$139
 
$299
Price now
$171
 
$609

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
768
 
2048
CUDA cores
768
 
no data
Core clock speed
1291 MHz
 
no data
Boost Clock
1392 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Transistor count
3,300 million
 
4,313 million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
250 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
no data
Texture fill rate
66.82 GTexel / s
 
128.0 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
2,138 gflops
 
4,096 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
no data
 
PCIe 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
145 mm
 
275 mm
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
3 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
384 Bit
Memory clock speed
7 GB/s
 
no data
Memory bandwidth
112 GB / s
 
288 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
DisplayPort support
-
 
+
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
AppAcceleration
-
 
+
CrossFire
-
 
+
FreeSync
-
 
+
HD3D
-
 
+
LiquidVR
-
 
+
TressFX
-
 
+
TrueAudio
-
 
+
UVD
-
 
+
DDMA audio
no data
 
+
3D Vision
+
 
-
VR Ready
+
 
no data
CUDA
+
 
-
Eyefinity
no data
 
+
Multi-Projection
+
 
no data
Multi Monitor
+
 
no data
Ansel
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX® 12
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
Vulkan
+
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1050 Ti 29.78 +14.4%
R9 280X 26.03

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 1050 Ti 352876 +23.7%
R9 280X 285376

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1050 Ti 50939
R9 280X 52117 +2.3%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1050 Ti 6816
R9 280X 7368 +8.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1050 Ti 7485
R9 280X 8343 +11.5%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1050 Ti 9453
R9 280X 10792 +14.2%

Passmark

GTX 1050 Ti 6563 +12.4%
R9 280X 5837

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
326 Mh/s −51.5%
 
494 Mh/s +51.5%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.01 Gh/s −5.9%
 
1.07 Gh/s +5.9%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
12.62 Mh/s −14.3%
 
14.42 Mh/s +14.3%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.3 kh/s −66.7%
 
0.5 kh/s +66.7%
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
156.48 Sol/s −82.1%
 
285 Sol/s +82.1%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

14.4% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (25 October 2016 vs 8 October 2013)
Cheaper ($139 vs $299)
Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (75 vs 250 watts)
Multi-Projection
VR Ready
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
Ansel
3D Vision Surround

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 280X

Wider memory bus (384 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 768)
Higher memory bandwidth (288 vs 112 GB/s)
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
App Acceleration
CrossFire
AMD PowerTune technology
AMD ZeroCore Power technology
HD3D
DirectX® 12
OpenGL® 4.3
OpenCL™
EyefinitySupport
HDMI
DisplayPortMenu
AMD App Acceleration
CrossfireX
FreeSync
HD3DMenu
LiquidVR
TressFX
TrueAudioMenu
UVDMenu

So, GTX 1050 Ti or R9 280X?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon R9 280X, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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