NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 vs AMD Radeon Vega 3

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
AMD Radeon Vega 3

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.80
 
n/d
Architecture
Tesla 2.0
 
GCN 5.0
Code name
GT200
 
Owl
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
16 June 2008
 
13 February 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$649
 
n/d
Price now
$522.78
 
n/d

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3'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 280 and Radeon Vega 3's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
240
 
192
CUDA cores
240
 
n/d
Core clock speed
1296 MHz
 
300 MHz
Boost Clock
n/d
 
1000 MHz
Transistor count
1,400 million
 
4,940 million
Manufacturing process technology
65 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
236 Watt
 
15 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
105 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
48.2 billion / sec
 
12 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
622.1 gflops
 
384.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 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).
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
IGP
Length
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
 
n/d
Height
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin & 8-pin
 
None
SLI options
2-way3-way
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3: 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
GDDR3
 
System Shared
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
n/d
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
n/d
Memory clock speed
1107 MHz
 
n/d
Memory bandwidth
141.7 GB / s
 
n/d

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
No outputs
Display Connectors
HDTVDual Link DVI
 
n/d
Multi monitor support
+
 
n/d
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
n/d
Audio input for HDMI
S / PDIF
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
10.0
 
n/d
OpenGL
2.1
 
n/d

Video card benchmark performance comparison

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 280 5.63 +8.7%
Vega 3 5.18

Passmark

GTX 280 1203 +8.8%
Vega 3 1106

Game benchmarks comparison

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum HD Graphics 4000
Vega 3
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum GeForce GTX 960
Vega 3
recommended GeForce GTX 1060
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Radeon HD 4850
Vega 3
recommended Radeon HD 7950
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
Vega 3
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum GeForce GTX 460
Vega 3
recommended Radeon HD 7970
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum GeForce 6800
Vega 3
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum GeForce 8600 GT
Vega 3
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

GTX 280
Vega 3
recommended GeForce 6600
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

GTX 280
Vega 3
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon Vega 3 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Radeon HD 2400
Vega 3
recommended Radeon HD 5870

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280

8.7% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (240 vs 192)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
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)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)

Advantages of AMD Radeon Vega 3

Much newer (13 February 2018 vs 16 June 2008)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 65 nm)
Less power hungry (15 vs 236 watts)

So, GTX 280 or Vega 3?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 and AMD Radeon Vega 3. The differences in performance seem too small.
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