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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. Just like the faster R9 290X, the 280X supports DirectX 11.2 (only Tier-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 11.2
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 (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 599      avg: 599 (67%)     median: 599 (67%)     max: 599 fps
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 8343      avg: 8343 (66%)     median: 8343 (66%)     max: 8343 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7368      avg: 7368 (71%)     median: 7368 (71%)     max: 7368 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 52117      avg: 52117 (62%)     median: 52117 (62%)     max: 52117 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 22027      avg: 22027 (80%)     median: 22027 (80%)     max: 22027 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 285376      avg: 285376 (75%)     median: 285376 (75%)     max: 285376 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 302308      avg: 302308 (40%)     median: 302308 (40%)     max: 302308 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 95.8      avg: 95.8 (64%)     median: 95.8 (64%)     max: 95.8 fps
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 10792      avg: 10792 (64%)     median: 10792 (64%)     max: 10792 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 10241      avg: 10241 (72%)     median: 10241 (72%)     max: 10241 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 36241      avg: 36241 (78%)     median: 36241 (78%)     max: 36241 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 33045      avg: 33045 (80%)     median: 33045 (80%)     max: 33045 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 28452      avg: 28452 (74%)     median: 28452 (74%)     max: 28452 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 125.7      avg: 125.7 (68%)     median: 125.7 (68%)     max: 125.7 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 17.79      avg: 17.8 (28%)     median: 17.8 (28%)     max: 17.79 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.71      avg: 7.7 (13%)     median: 7.7 (13%)     max: 7.71 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 30.66      avg: 30.7 (47%)     median: 30.7 (47%)     max: 30.66 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 3.31      avg: 3.3 (17%)     median: 3.3 (17%)     max: 3.31 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 16.01      avg: 16 (14%)     median: 16 (14%)     max: 16.01 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 34.31      avg: 34.3 (43%)     median: 34.3 (43%)     max: 34.31 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 60.63      avg: 60.6 (75%)     median: 60.6 (75%)     max: 60.63 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 10.58      avg: 10.6 (15%)     median: 10.6 (15%)     max: 10.58 fps
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.9      avg: 7.9 (100%)     median: 7.9 (100%)     max: 7.9 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.9      avg: 7.9 (100%)     median: 7.9 (100%)     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.

Civilization: Beyond Earth
low 1024x768
160.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
103.1  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
72.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
65.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
132  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
127  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
123  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
105  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Evil Within
low 1024x768
53.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
52.1  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
52.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Ryse: Son of Rome
low 1024x768
87.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
83.9  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
63.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alien: Isolation
low 1024x768
197.7  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
167  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
111.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
85.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
low 1280x720
198.2  fps      Compare
med. 1344x756
156.4  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
70.7  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
51.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
301.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
269.8  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
147.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
187.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
104.8  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
83.8  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
79.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen 3: Titan Lords
low 1024x768
77.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
94.7  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
50.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
56.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
288.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
143.6  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
117.5  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
90.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Watch Dogs
low 1024x768
73.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
60.6  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
46.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
34.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
low 1280x720
60  fps      Compare
med. 1280x720
60  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
59.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
57.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Elder Scrolls Online
low 1024x768
97.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
94  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
84.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
53.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Titanfall

Titanfall

2014
low 1024x768
60  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
69.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
67.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
65.6  fps      Compare