AMD Radeon R9 M280X vs AMD Radeon R9 M270

AMD Radeon R9 M280X

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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.

AMD Radeon R9 M270

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The AMD Radeon R9 M270 is an upper mid-range, DirectX 12-capable graphics card for notebooks. It is manufactured in 28nm and based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD. The R9 M270 is probably just a renamed Radeon HD 8870M with 640 shader units (725 - 775 MHz) and up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (1125 MHz / 4500 MHz effective).

According to this information (not yet officially confirmed), the performance of the R9 M270 should exactly match its predecessor. Thus, the GPU should be somewhat slower than a Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M

Please note: The technical specifications and clock rates are based on speculation and have not been verified by the manufacturer. The R9 M270 has been first seen in the Lenovo Y40.

AMD Radeon R9 M280XAMD Radeon R9 M270
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire compare 2560 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X compare 2048 @ 0.85 GHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X compare 1280 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X 896 @ 0.9 - 1 GHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 compare 640 @ 0.93 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 640 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X compare 640 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire compare 2560 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X compare 2048 @ 0.85 GHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X compare 1280 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X 896 @ 0.9 - 1 GHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 compare 640 @ 0.93 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 640 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X compare 640 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
CodenameSaturn XT
ArchitectureGCNGCN
Pipelines896 - unified640 - unified
Core Speed900 - 1000 (Boost) MHz725 MHz
Memory Speed5500 MHz4500 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB4096 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_0), Shader 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), Shader 5.0
Transistors2080 Million1500 Million
technology28 nm28 nm
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement01.02.2015 01.04.2014
FeaturesOpenCL 1.2

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Radeon R9 M280X
11 pt (11%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
1041 Points (6%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
1012 Points (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
7236 Points (10%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
23201 Points (11%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
2974 Points (8%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
3498 Points (7%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
81300 Points (11%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
3823 Points (10%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
4698 Points (8%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon R9 M280X
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon R9 M280X
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
47.7 fps (9%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Basemark GPU 1.2 - Basemark GPU 1.2 Vulkan Official Medium Offscreen 1080
120 fps (10%)
Basemark GPU 1.2 - Basemark GPU 1.2 Vulkan Official High Offscreen 2160
11.6 fps (3%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
730 Samples/s (7%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
1322 Samples/s (5%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
2934 (6%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M280X → NAN% n=

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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
Radeon R9 M280X:
0 (!)  fps
Fall Guys

Fall Guys

2020
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
55.8 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
49.4 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
28.5 fps  fps
FIFA 20

FIFA 20

2019
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
65.9 (!)  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
23.5  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
12.5  fps
F1 2018

F1 2018

2018
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
34.6  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
29.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
24.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
15.9  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
35.5  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
27.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
24.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.5  fps
Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

2018
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
32  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
12  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
10.3 30.7 ~ 21 fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
18.3  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.6  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
15  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
31.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
46.8  fps
Dirt 4

Dirt 4

2017
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
48  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
31  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
60.7  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19.3  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
25.2  fps
For Honor

For Honor

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
67  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
28.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
25.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.5  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
54.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
35  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
22.6  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
28.2  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
37.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
30.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
24.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
22.3  fps
FIFA 17

FIFA 17

2016
low 1280x720
Radeon R9 M280X:
0 (!)  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
28.9  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
32.5  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
27.2  fps
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
81  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
78  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
55  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
27.6  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
15.8  fps
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
51  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
50.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
27.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
25.2  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
17.9  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
24.1 (!)  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
16.3  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
17.4  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
40  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
29  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
26  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19  fps
XCOM 2

XCOM 2

2016
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
34.9  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
14.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
52  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
37.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
16.6  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
58.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
38.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
32.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
18.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
54.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
30  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
22  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
13  fps
Fallout 4

Fallout 4

2015
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
39.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
35.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
15.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
36.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
35.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
23.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
20.3  fps
Anno 2205

Anno 2205

2015
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
45.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
37.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
17.1  fps
FIFA 16

FIFA 16

2015
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
78  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
69 (!)  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
53  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19.5  fps
low 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
70.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
41.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
36  fps
4K 3840 x 2160
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
16.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
56.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
51.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
36  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.4  fps
Mad Max

Mad Max

2015
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
50.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
28.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
25  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
51.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
40.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
36.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
31.3  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
38  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
32  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
40.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
31.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
16  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
8.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
133  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
53  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
38.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
20.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
41.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
36.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
30.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19.8  fps
Evolve

Evolve

2015
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
59  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
44.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
23.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
20.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
47.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
35.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
20.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
17.6  fps
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
28.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
18.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
16.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
22.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
20.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
14.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
36.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
34.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
32.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
29.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
72.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
48.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
31.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19  fps
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
58  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
47  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
43  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
34  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
37.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
25.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19.2  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
48.1  fps
med. 1344x756
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
32.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
18.5  fps
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
53  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
44.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
53.4  fps
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
57.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
44.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
43  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
16.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
107  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
52  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
41  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
26.9  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
22.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
20.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
12.6  fps
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
24  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
16.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
22.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
13.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
42.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
33  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
28.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
21.3  fps
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
63  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
39  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
39.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
35.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
31.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
19  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
64.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
67.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
62  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
26.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
135.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
106  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
64.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
15.5  fps
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
47.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
35.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
26.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
13.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M280X:
66.7  fps

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)