AMD Radeon R9 280: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon R9 280
Radeon R9 280
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 3072 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1250
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2014
Performance 19.07

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 280 sales 4 March 2014 at a recommended price of $279. This is GCN 1.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 3 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.25 GHz are supplied, and together with 384 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 240 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 275 mm. 1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 200 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

19.07%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon R9 280's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating248
Value for money11.09
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 (2012−2020)
GPU code nameTahiti
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date4 March 2014 (8 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$279
Price now$162 (0.6x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon R9 280's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 280's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1792of 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed933 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors4,313 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)200 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate104.5of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance3,344 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 280's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length275 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 280: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount3 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed1250 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth240 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity1
HDMI+
DisplayPort support-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 280. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration-
CrossFire1
Enduro-
FreeSync1
HD3D+
LiquidVR1
PowerTune-
TressFX1
TrueAudio+
ZeroCore-
UVD+
DDMA audio+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 280, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectXDirectX® 12
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan+
Mantle-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon R9 280. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

R9 280 19.07
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  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

R9 280 5665

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

R9 280 8020

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 280. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 408 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 21.5 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon R9 280 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon R9 280 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 280 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 690, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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