Radeon RX 470 vs GeForce GTX 280

Radeon RX 470
Memory: 4096Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 29 Jun 2016
Radeon RX 470
GeForce GTX 280
Memory: 1024Mb GDDR3DESKTOP
Release date: 16 Jun 2008
GeForce GTX 280


Synthetic performance index

  • Radeon RX 470
  • GeForce GTX 280

Relative performance

Reasons to consider Radeon RX 470

116 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the GeForce GTX 280 .
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Around 500% higher average synthetic performance.
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.
Supports FreeSync.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports TrueAudio.

Reasons to consider GeForce GTX 280

Based on an outdated architecture (Nvidia Tesla), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications.
PhysX support, however PhysX performance on newest games may be poor.

Radeon RX 470

HWBench recommends Radeon RX 470

The Radeon RX 470 is the better performing card based on the synthetic benchmarks used (1 benchmarks).


Core Configuration

Radeon RX 470GeForce GTX 280
GPU NameEllesmere (Ellesmere PRO)vsGT200 (G200-302-A2)
Fab Process14 nmvs65 nm
Die Size232 mm²vs576 mm²
Transistors5,700 millionvs1,400 million
Compute Units32vs10
Core clock926 MHzvs602 MHz

Memory Configuration

Radeon RX 470GeForce GTX 280
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Bus Width256 bitvs512 bit
Memory Speed1650 MHz
6600 MHz effective
vs1107 MHz
2214 MHz effective
Memory Size4096 Mbvs1024 Mb

Additional details

Radeon RX 470GeForce GTX 280
TDP120 wattsvs236 watts
Release Date29 Jun 2016vs16 Jun 2008

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon RX 470
    38.60 GP/s
  • GeForce GTX 280
    19.30 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon RX 470
    154.40 GT/s
  • GeForce GTX 280
    48.20 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon RX 470
    211.20 GB/s
  • GeForce GTX 280
    142.00 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon RX 470
    4940.00 GFLOPs
  • GeForce GTX 280
    622.10 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better

Synthetic benchmarks

3DMark 11

  • Radeon RX 470
  • GeForce GTX 280

Points (higher is better)