Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 (GV-N770OC-2GD) vs. ASUS Matrix Platinum (R9280X-P-3GD5) Video Card Review

Introduction

We compared two video cards that compete against each other on the high-end segment, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 (GV-N770OC-2GD) and the ASUS Matrix Platinum (R9280X-P-3GD5), both coming with a factory overclock. Let’s see which one is the best.

Although the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 and the AMD Radeon R9 280X are high-end GPUs, both they are not the most high-end chip each manufacturer has to offer. NVIDIA has the GeForce GTX 780 and some other more powerful chips, while AMD also offers the Radeon R9 290 and the R9 290X.

The stock configuration for the GeForce GTX 770 include 1,536 cores running at 1,046 MHz (1,085 MHz maximum turbo clock) and memory running at 7.01 GHz effective clock (224.3 GB/s bandwidth), connected to the GPU through a 256-bit bus. The Gigabyte GV-N770OC-2GD video card runs at 8.7% higher clock rate, with its cores running at 1,137 MHz (1,189 MHz turbo clock), while the memory still runs at 7.01 GHz.

On the other corner of the ring, the standard Radeon R9 280X has 2,048 cores running at 850 MHz (1 GHz maximum turbo clock) and memory running at 6 GHz effective clock (288 GB/s bandwidth), using a 384-bit bus. The ASUS R9280X-P-3GD5 video card comes with a 11.8% higher clock rate, with its cores running at 950 MHz (1,100 MHz turbo clock) and memory running at 6,400 MHz (6.7% higher than stock). Keep in mind that the Radeon R9 280X chip is actually a renamed Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPU.

For this review, we tested each card with its default clock and then re-tested it underclocked to the stock configuration, so you can compare them to the standard models.

In the table below, we compare the main specifications for the video cards included in our review. The prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review and do not include rebates.

Video Card Core Clock Turbo Clock Memory Clock (Effective) Memory Interface Memory Transfer Rate Memory Shaders DirectX Price
Gigabyte GV-N770OC-2GD 1,137 Mhz 1,189 MHz 7.01 GHz 256-bit 224.3 GB/s 2 GiB GDDR5 1,536 11 USD 330
GeForce GTX 770 1,046 MHz 1,085 MHz 7.01 GHz 256-bit 224.3 GB/s 2 GiB GDDR5 1,536 11 USD 320
ASUS MATRIX Platinum 950 MHz  1,100 MHz 6.4 GHz 384-bit 307.2 GB/s 3 GiB GDDR5 2,048 11.2 USD 310
Radeon R9 280X 850 MHz 1,000 MHz 6.0 GHz 384-bit 288 GB/s 3 GiB GDDR5 2,048 11.2 USD 290

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our “AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table” and “NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table” tutorials.

Now let’s take an in-depth look at the tested cards.

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Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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