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AMD Radeon R9 M280X

AMD Radeon R9 M280X

The AMD Radeon R9 M280X is a 28 nm DirectX 12 graphics card based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Built primarily for large laptops, the card is positioned in the upper mid-range category as of 2014. It is based on the Saturn chip (Bonaire codename for Desktop R7 260(X)) and clocked at 900 to 1000 MHz (Boost). The R9 M280X offers 896 shader cores, 56 TMUs, 16 ROPs and a 128 Bit memory interface for up to 4 GB GDDR5 memory (1375 MHz / 5500 MHz effective, 88 GB/s).

The performance of the Radeon R9 M280X is on par with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M or GTX 950M. Games from 2015 therefore should run in middle to high settings in 1080p. Some more demanding games like Assassin's Creed Unity may only run fluently in reduced settings.

The 640 shader cores can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 10 compute units).

Features of the R9 series include video decoding via UVD3 for decoding MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly from the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are now compatible as well.

The Radeon R9 also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU, called Enduro. The technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Other features include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off .

The Power consumption of the R9 M280X is not specified but should be around 70 to 80 Watt and therefore, the GPU is only suited for larger laptops and DTRs.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire (compare) 2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X (compare) 2048 @ 850 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X (compare) 1280 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X 896 @ 900 - 1000 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 (compare) 640 @ 925 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 (compare) 640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X (compare) 640 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
CodenameSaturn XT
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines896 - unified
Core Speed900 - 1000 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed5500 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_0), Shader 5.0
Transistor Count2080 Million
technology28 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.02.2015

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
12.2 pt (13%)
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3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
7236 Points (4065%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
23201 Points (16001%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
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3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
81300 Points (603%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
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Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
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ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
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- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1280x720
0 (!)  fps    + Compare
FIFA 20

FIFA 20

2019
low 1280x720
65.9 (!)  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1280x720
23.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
12.5  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
F1 2018

F1 2018

2018
low 1280x720
34.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
29.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
24.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15.9  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
35.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
27.1  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
24.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

2018
low 1280x720
32  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
12  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
10.3  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
21.6  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
15  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
31.3  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
ultra 1920x1080
46.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dirt 4

Dirt 4

2017
med. 1920x1080
48  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
31  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
high 1920x1080
60.7  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
19.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
25.2  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
For Honor

For Honor

2017
low 1280x720
67  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
28.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
25.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset 4xAF TAA 1366x768
45.8
med. 1920x1080
54.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
35  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
22.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1280x720
28.2  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
37.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
30.1  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
24.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
22.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
FIFA 17

FIFA 17

2016
low 1280x720
0 (!)  fps    + Compare
low 1280x720
28.9  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
32.5  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
27.2  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
81  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
78  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
55  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
27.6  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
15.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium (Render Scale 100 %) 2xAF FXAA 1920x1080
59
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
51  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
50.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
27.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
med. 1920x1080
17.9  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
24.1 (!)  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
16.3  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
17.4  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
40  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
29  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
26  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
XCOM 2

XCOM 2

2016
low 1280x720
34.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
21.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
14.5  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Low Preset TrilinearAF 1920x1080
26.7
low 1024x768
52  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
37.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
21.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
58.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
38.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
32.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
21.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
18.7  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
54.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
30  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
22  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1024x768
13  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fallout 4

Fallout 4

2015
low 1280x720
39.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
35.2  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
21.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
36.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
35.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
23.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Anno 2205

Anno 2205

2015
low 1024x768
45.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
37.1  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
17.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
FIFA 16

FIFA 16

2015
low 1280x720
78  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
69 (!)  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
53  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
19.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1366x768
70.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
41.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
36  fps    + Compare
4K 3840 x 2160
16.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
56.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
51.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
36  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Mad Max

Mad Max

2015
med. 1366x768
50.1  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
28.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1280x720
51.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
40.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
36.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
31.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
38  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
32  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
19  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1024x768
40.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
31.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
16  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
8.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1024x768
133  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
53  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
38.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
41.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
36.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
30.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Evolve

Evolve

2015
low 1024x768
59  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
44.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
23.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
47.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
35.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
20.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
17.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
28.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
21.2  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
18.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16.3  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
22.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
20.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
14.7  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
36.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
34.1  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
32.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1024x768
72.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
48.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
31.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
58  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
47  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
43  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
34  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
37.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
25.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
19.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1280x720
48.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1344x756
32.2  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
18.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
53  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
44.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
53.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
57.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
44.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
43  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
107  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
52  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
41  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
22.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
20.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
12.6  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
24  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
16.7  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
22.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.8  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
42.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
33  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
28.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
63  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
54  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
39.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
35.5  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
31.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1280x720
64.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
67.9  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
62  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
135.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
106  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
64.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
47.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
35.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
26.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
ultra 1920x1080
66.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.

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