AMD Radeon R9 280: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon R9 280

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. 3072 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 2-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 good gaming and benchmark performance at 38.80 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of Radeon R9 280's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 1.0
 
Code name
Tahiti
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
4 March 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$279
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)

Technical specs

Radeon R9 280's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core 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
1792
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Boost Clock
933 MHz
 
Transistor count
4,313 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
200 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
104.5
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
3,344 gflops
 
of 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 support
PCIe 3.0
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
275 mm
 
Width
2-slot
 
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
 

Memory specs

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 type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
3 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
1250 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
240 GB/s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
Eyefinity
+
 
HDMI
+
 

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.
CrossFire
+
 
FreeSync
+
 
HD3D
+
 
LiquidVR
+
 
TressFX
+
 
TrueAudio
+
 
UVD
+
 
DDMA audio
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 280, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
Vulkan
+
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 280. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
38.80
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
261448.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
11363.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
18131.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
56674.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
5541.13
 
 
Passmark
5393
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
8020
 
 

Mining hashrate

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
 
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon R9 280 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 280 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 770, which is slower by 3% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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