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AMD Radeon R9 280X

AMD Radeon R9 280X

The AMD Radeon R9 280X is a fast single-GPU graphics card for desktop PCs, that has been presented in October 2013. It is based on the "Tahiti" GPU and manufactured in 28 nanometers. The card offers 2048 shader units and a 384-bit memory interface (3 GB GDDR5, 288 GB/s).

Architecture

The R9 280X uses the same chip as the older Radeon HD 7970. Tahiti is based on the GCN architecture and offers 2048 shaders, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Compared to the HD 7970, the R9 280X clocks slightly higher at 1050 MHz for the Core (max. Boost) and 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) for the memory. The 280X supports DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), but lacks the new Trueaudio feature.

Performance

Depending on game and settings, the performance of the Radeon R9 280X is similar to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770. Therefore, even the fastest mobile GPUs like the GeForce GTX 780M are outperformed by more than 30 percent. Demanding games like Metro: Last Light can be played fluently in 2560 x 1600 pixels and maximum settings. In some cases, even higher resolutions or additional AA/AF are possible.

Features

The R9 280X supports well-known features like Eyefinity, but also some innovations such as a new turbo mode. Depending on power consumption and temperature, the core can be boosted up to 1050 MHz. However, there is no offical base clock respectively a lower limit.

Power Consumption

Thanks to dynamic clock adjustments and the Zero Core technology, the R9 280X is very energy efficient while idle. Under load, the card is rated at a typical power consumption of 250 watts.

ManufacturerAMD
R9 Series
Radeon R9 290X 2816 @ 1000 MHz512 Bit @ 5000 MHz
Radeon R9 280X 2048 @ 1000 MHz384 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon R9 270X 1280 @ 1050 MHz256 Bit @ 5600 MHz
CodenameThaiti XTL
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines2048 - unified
Core Speed *1000 MHz
Memory Speed *6000 MHz
Memory Bus Width384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory3072 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1)
Power Consumption250 Watt
Transistors4313 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesMantle, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, CrossFire, PowerTune, ZeroCore, HD3D
Date of Announcement08.10.2013
InformationPCI-E 3.0, HDMI mit 4K-Support
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/g...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
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minmin: 124     avg: 124 (47%)     median: 124 (47%)     max: 124 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
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minmin: 599     avg: 599 (67%)     median: 599 (67%)     max: 599 fps
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
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minmin: 8343     avg: 8343 (44%)     median: 8343 (44%)     max: 8343 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
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minmin: 7368     avg: 7368 (54%)     median: 7368 (54%)     max: 7368 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
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minmin: 52117     avg: 52117 (41%)     median: 52117 (41%)     max: 52117 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
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minmin: 22027     avg: 22027 (77%)     median: 22027 (77%)     max: 22027 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
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minmin: 285376     avg: 285376 (72%)     median: 285376 (72%)     max: 285376 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
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minmin: 302308     avg: 302308 (40%)     median: 302308 (40%)     max: 302308 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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minmin: 10792     avg: 10792 (48%)     median: 10792 (48%)     max: 10792 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
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minmin: 33045     avg: 33045 (69%)     median: 33045 (69%)     max: 33045 Points
3DMark 06
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minmin: 28452     avg: 28452 (74%)     median: 28452 (74%)     max: 28452 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
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minmin: 125.7     avg: 125.7 (68%)     median: 125.7 (68%)     max: 125.7 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
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minmin: 17.79     avg: 17.8 (28%)     median: 17.8 (28%)     max: 17.79 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
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minmin: 7.71     avg: 7.7 (13%)     median: 7.7 (13%)     max: 7.71 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
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minmin: 30.66     avg: 30.7 (45%)     median: 30.7 (45%)     max: 30.66 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
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minmin: 3.31     avg: 3.3 (14%)     median: 3.3 (14%)     max: 3.31 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
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minmin: 16.01     avg: 16 (14%)     median: 16 (14%)     max: 16.01 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
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minmin: 34.31     avg: 34.3 (43%)     median: 34.3 (43%)     max: 34.31 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
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minmin: 60.63     avg: 60.6 (61%)     median: 60.6 (61%)     max: 60.63 fps
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
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minmin: 7.9     avg: 7.9 (91%)     median: 7.9 (91%)     max: 7.9 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Batman: Arkham Knight
low 1280x720
96  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
89  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
58  fps      Compare
3840x2160
20  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
The Witcher 3
low 1024x768
114.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
76.4  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
47.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dirt Rally
low 1024x768
403.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
133.5  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
109.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
69.5  fps      Compare
3840x2160
52  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GTA V

GTA V

2015
low 1024x768
129.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
121.9  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
76.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
31.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Battlefield Hardline
low 1024x768
149.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
126.9  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
94.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
62  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Evolve

Evolve

2015
low 1024x768
106.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
97.1  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
85.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
75.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Crew

The Crew

2014
low 1280x720
59.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
59.9  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
59.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
52.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
low 1024x768
141.6  fps      Compare