GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon R9 280

GeForce GTX 960
Memory: 2048Mb GDDR5 DESKTOP
Release date: 22 Jan 2015
GeForce GTX 960

Radeon R9 280
Memory: 3072Mb GDDR5 DESKTOP
Release date: 4 Mar 2014
Radeon R9 280

Summary

Synthetic performance index

  • GeForce GTX 960
    106%
  • Radeon R9 280
    100%

Relative performance

Reasons to consider GeForce GTX 960

80 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the Radeon R9 280 .
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Around 6% higher average synthetic performance.
Supports PhysX.
Supports G-Sync.
Supports ShadowPlay (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).

Reasons to consider Radeon R9 280

Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports Mantle.

GeForce GTX 960

HWBench recommends GeForce GTX 960

Based on game and synthetic benchmarks, and theoretical specifications.

Specifications

Core Configuration

GeForce GTX 960 Radeon R9 280
GPU Name GM206 (GM206-300-A1) vs Tahiti (Tahiti PRO3)
Fab Process 28 nm vs 28 nm
Die Size 228 mm² vs 352 mm²
Transistors 2,940 million vs 4,313 million
Shaders 1024 vs 1792
Compute Units 8 vs 28
Core clock 1127 MHz vs 827 MHz
ROPs 32 vs 32
TMUs 64 vs 112

Memory Configuration

GeForce GTX 960 Radeon R9 280
Memory Type GDDR5 vs GDDR5
Bus Width 128 bit vs 384 bit
Memory Speed 1753 MHz
7012 MHz effective
vs 1250 MHz
5000 MHz effective
Memory Size 2048 Mb vs 3072 Mb

Additional details

GeForce GTX 960 Radeon R9 280
TDP 120 watts vs 200 watts
Release Date 22 Jan 2015 vs 4 Mar 2014

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • GeForce GTX 960
    36.10 GP/s
  • Radeon R9 280
    29.86 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • GeForce GTX 960
    72.10 GT/s
  • Radeon R9 280
    104.50 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • GeForce GTX 960
    112.20 GB/s
  • Radeon R9 280
    240.00 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • GeForce GTX 960
    2308.10 GFLOPs
  • Radeon R9 280
    3344.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better


Synthetic benchmarks

3DMark 11

  • GeForce GTX 960
    10380
  • Radeon R9 280
    9790

Points (higher is better)