AMD Radeon R9 280X vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680

AMD Radeon R9 280X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680

General info

Comparison of Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
n/d
 
33.42
Architecture
GCN
 
Kepler
Code name
Thaiti XTL
 
GK104
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
n/d
Release date
8 October 2013
 
22 March 2012
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
$499
Price now
$32
 
$34

Technical specs

Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680'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 680's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
1536
CUDA cores
n/d
 
1536
Core clock speed
n/d
 
1006 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
 
1058 MHz
Transistor count
4,313 million
 
3540 Million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
250 Watt
 
195 Watt
Texture fill rate
128.0 GTexel / s
 
128.8 billion / sec
Floating-point performance
4,096 gflops
 
3,090.4 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680 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
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
275 mm
 
10.0" (25.4 cm)
Height
n/d
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
 
Two 6-pin
SLI options
-
 
3-way

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680: 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
 
2048 MB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
256-bit GDDR5
Memory clock speed
n/d
 
6000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
288 GB / s
 
192.2 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
n/d
 
One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
Multi monitor support
n/d
 
4 displays
Eyefinity
+
 
-
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
n/d
 
2048x1536
DisplayPort support
+
 
-
G-SYNC support
-
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
n/d
 
Internal

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680. 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
+
 
n/d
3D Vision
-
 
+
GPU Boost
n/d
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+
FXAA
n/d
 
+
Eyefinity
+
 
n/d
TXAA
n/d
 
+
Adaptive VSync
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
DirectX 11, Shader 5.1
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.2
Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

R9 280X 21.14 +3.3%
GTX 680 20.47

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

R9 280X 285376 +15.4%
GTX 680 247306

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

R9 280X 52117 +10.6%
GTX 680 47130

3DMark Fire Strike Score

R9 280X 7368 +7.4%
GTX 680 6861

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

R9 280X 8343 +10%
GTX 680 7587

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

R9 280X 10792 +5.6%
GTX 680 10217

3DMark Vantage Performance

R9 280X 33045 +11.3%
GTX 680 29702

Unigine Heaven 4.0

R9 280X 1017 +5.5%
GTX 680 964

Passmark

R9 280X 5837 +3%
GTX 680 5667

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 680. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
494 Mh/s +308.3%
 
121 Mh/s −308.3%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.07 Gh/s
 
n/d
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
14.42 Mh/s −4%
 
15 Mh/s +4%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.5 kh/s
 
n/d
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
285 Sol/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 280X

3.3% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (8 October 2013 vs 22 March 2012)
Cheaper ($299 vs $499)
Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 1536)
Higher memory bandwidth (288 vs 192.2 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
DisplayPortMenu
AMD App Acceleration
CrossfireX
FreeSync
HD3DMenu
LiquidVR
TressFX
TrueAudioMenu
UVDMenu
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680

Less power hungry (195 vs 250 watts)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
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)
3D Vision
GPU Boost
TXAA
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
Adaptive VSync
FXAA
NVIDIA Surround
HDCP
3D Vision Surround

So, R9 280X or GTX 680?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon R9 280X and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680. The differences in performance seem too small.
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