AMD Radeon R9 280X vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

AMD Radeon R9 280X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

General info

Comparison of Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
11.84
 
43.10
Architecture
GCN
 
Pascal
Code name
Thaiti XTL
 
N17P-G1
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
no data
Release date
8 October 2013
 
25 October 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
$109
Price now
$609
 
$158

Technical specs

Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
640
CUDA cores
no data
 
640
Core clock speed
no data
 
1290 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
 
1392 MHz
Transistor count
4,313 million
 
3,300 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
250 Watt
 
75 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
 
97 °C
Texture fill rate
128.0 GTexel / s
 
58.2 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
4,096 gflops
 
1,862 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050 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
PCIe 3.0
 
PCIe 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
275 mm
 
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.38" (11.1 cm)
Width
no data
 
2-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)
no data
 
300 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
 
None

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050: 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
3 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
no data
 
7008 MHz
Memory bandwidth
288 GB / s
 
112 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
no data
 
DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
Multi monitor support
no data
 
+
Eyefinity
+
 
-
HDMI
+
 
-
HDCP
-
 
2.2
DisplayPort support
+
 
-
G-SYNC support
-
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050. 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
-
 
+
GameStream
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
3.0
VR Ready
no data
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
Eyefinity
+
 
no data
Multi-Projection
no data
 
+
Multi Monitor
no data
 
+
Ansel
no data
 
+
ShadowWorks
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
DirectX 12_1
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.5
Vulkan
+
 
+

Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

R9 280X 26.99 +5.9%
GTX 1050 25.48

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

R9 280X 285376
GTX 1050 349683 +22.5%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

R9 280X 52117 +27.4%
GTX 1050 40922

3DMark Fire Strike Score

R9 280X 7368 +20.4%
GTX 1050 6122

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

R9 280X 8343 +22.7%
GTX 1050 6797

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

R9 280X 10792 +25.9%
GTX 1050 8571

3DMark Vantage Performance

R9 280X 33045 +1.8%
GTX 1050 32463

Unigine Heaven 3.0

R9 280X 95 +8%
GTX 1050 88

Passmark

R9 280X 5837 +3.3%
GTX 1050 5653

Rendering quality tests

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

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
494 Mh/s +77.1%
 
279 Mh/s −77.1%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.07 Gh/s +25.9%
 
0.85 Gh/s −25.9%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
14.42 Mh/s
 
no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.5 kh/s +66.7%
 
0.3 kh/s −66.7%
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
285 Sol/s +98.2%
 
143.76 Sol/s −98.2%

Gaming performance

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

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 280X

5.9% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (384 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 640)
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

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

Much newer (25 October 2016 vs 8 October 2013)
Cheaper ($109 vs $299)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 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)
ShadowWorks
Ansel
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAGameStreamReady

So, R9 280X or GTX 1050?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon R9 280X and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050. The differences in performance seem too small.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 1050, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

Cast your vote

Do you think we are right or mistaken in our choice? Vote by clicking "Like" button near your favourite video card.
AMD Radeon R9 280X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Like
Like

User rating

Here you can see the user rating of the video card, as well as rate it yourself.

Advices and comments

Here you can ask a question about Radeon R9 280X or GeForce GTX 1050, agree or disagree with our judgements, or report an error or mismatch.