NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti vs AMD Radeon R9 280X

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

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GPU code name
Thaiti XTL
Market segment
no data
Launch date
25 October 2016 (4 years ago)
8 October 2013 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
CUDA cores
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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
Thermal design power (TDP)
75 Watt
250 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
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Texture fill rate
Floating-point performance
2,138 gflops
4,096 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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
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PCIe 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
145 mm
275 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin


Parameters of memory installed: 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
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
3 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
384 Bit
Memory clock speed
7008 MHz
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Memory bandwidth
112 GB/s
288 GB/s
Shared memory

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones. OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
DisplayPort support
G-SYNC support


Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

DDMA audio
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VR Ready
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API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

12 (12_1)
DirectX® 12
Shader Model

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1050 Ti 24.24 +8.7%
R9 280X 22.31

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

GTX 1050 Ti 352876 +23.7%
R9 280X 285376

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

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

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

GTX 1050 Ti 7485
R9 280X 8343 +11.5%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

GTX 1050 Ti 9453
R9 280X 10792 +14.2%


This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 1050 Ti 6342 +8.7%
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 the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

8.7% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (25 October 2016 vs 8 October 2013)

Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (75 vs 250 watts)

VR Ready

G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

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)

PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 280X

Cheaper ($421 vs $516)

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)

So, GTX 1050 Ti or R9 280X?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon R9 280X. The differences in performance seem too small.

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