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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 @ 1000MHz512 Bit @ 5000MHz
Radeon R9 280X 2048 @ 1000MHz384 Bit @ 6000MHz

Radeon R9 270X

1280 @ 1050MHz256 Bit @ 5600MHz
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
Notebook Sizelarge
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

3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 302308      avg: 302308 (87%)     median: 302308 (87%)     max: 302308 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 52117      avg: 52117 (74%)     median: 52117 (74%)     max: 52117 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 8343      avg: 8343 (71%)     median: 8343 (71%)     max: 8343 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 10241      avg: 10241 (79%)     median: 10241 (79%)     max: 10241 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 10792      avg: 10792 (76%)     median: 10792 (76%)     max: 10792 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 33045      avg: 33045 (90%)     median: 33045 (90%)     max: 33045 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 36241      avg: 36241 (83%)     median: 36241 (83%)     max: 36241 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 28452      avg: 28452 (96%)     median: 28452 (96%)     max: 28452 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 125.7      avg: 125.7 (77%)     median: 125.7 (77%)     max: 125.7 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 10.58      avg: 10.6 (15%)     median: 10.6 (15%)     max: 10.58 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 60.63      avg: 60.6 (100%)     median: 60.6 (100%)     max: 60.63 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 34.31      avg: 34.3 (43%)     median: 34.3 (43%)     max: 34.31 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 16.01      avg: 16 (14%)     median: 16 (14%)     max: 16.01 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 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 30.66      avg: 30.7 (47%)     median: 30.7 (47%)     max: 30.66 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.71      avg: 7.7 (13%)     median: 7.7 (13%)     max: 7.71 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 17.79      avg: 17.8 (28%)     median: 17.8 (28%)     max: 17.79 fps
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.9      avg: 7.9 (100%)     median: 7.9 (100%)     max: 7.9 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming 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.

Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag
low:
61.7  fps      Compare
med.:
61.7  fps      Compare
high:
61.7  fps      Compare
ultra:
42.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
X-Plane 10.25
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low:
89.1  fps      Compare
med.:
47.8  fps      Compare
high:
24.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
18.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Need for Speed: Rivals
low:
30  fps      Compare
med.:
30  fps      Compare
high:
30  fps      Compare
ultra:
30  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low:
84.2  fps      Compare
med.:
87.6  fps      Compare
high:
69.2  fps      Compare
ultra:
47.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 4
low:
137.3  fps      Compare
med.:
114.2  fps      Compare
high:
101.7  fps      Compare
ultra:
58.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Batman: Arkham Origins
low:
320  fps      Compare
med.:
261  fps      Compare
high:
175  fps      Compare
ultra:
79  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2013
F1 2013 (2013)
low:
133  fps      Compare
med.:
129  fps      Compare
high:
124  fps      Compare
ultra:
112  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 14 (2013): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings ultra. - more...
Company of Heroes 2
low:
56.4  fps      Compare
med.:
56.3  fps      Compare
high:
55.5  fps      Compare
ultra:
36.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GRID 2
GRID 2 (2013)
low:
196.2  fps      Compare
med.:
140.7  fps      Compare
high:
129  fps      Compare
ultra:
97.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Metro: Last Light
low:
132.1  fps      Compare
med.:
129.3  fps      Compare
high:
94.2  fps      Compare
ultra:
53.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
BioShock Infinite
low:
253.3  fps      Compare
med.:
211.7  fps      Compare
high:
182.6  fps      Compare
ultra:
76.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings ultra. - more...
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (2013)
low:
486.2  fps      Compare
med.:
310.5  fps      Compare
high:
207.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
101.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis 3
Crysis 3 (2013)
low:
143.5  fps      Compare
med.:
124.1  fps      Compare
high:
88.3  fps      Compare
ultra:
38.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dead Space 3 (2013): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings ultra. - more...

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

No reviews found for this graphics card.

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» Notebook Gaming List
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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
PowerVR SGX554MP4 *
Mali-T604 *
Class 6
PowerVR SGX543MP4 *
PowerVR SGX543MP3 *
PowerVR SGX543MP2 *
PowerVR SGX544 *
Adreno 225 *
Vivante GC4000 *
VideoCore-IV *
Adreno 220 *
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core
Mali-400 MP2 *
PowerVR SGX540 *
Adreno 205 *
Adreno 203 *
GC800 *
PowerVR SGX535
PowerVR SGX531
PowerVR SGX530
Adreno 200 *
Mali-200 *
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-11-19)