AMD Radeon R9 280X vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
Comparison of Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
128.0 GTexel / s
128.8 billion / sec
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).
PCI Express 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
10.0" (25.4 cm)
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
288 GB / s
192.2 GB / s
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680.
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
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.
APIs supported by Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 680, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 11, Shader 5.1
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
R9 280X 5837 +3%
GTX 680 5667
Rendering quality tests
GFXBench render quality
GFXBench high precision render quality
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)
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
14.42 Mh/s −4%
15 Mh/s +4%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
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)
AMD PowerTune technology
AMD ZeroCore Power technology
AMD App Acceleration
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)
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
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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