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AMD Radeon R9 280: specs and benchmarks
- Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
- Core clock speed 0
- Max video memory 3072 MB
- Memory type GDDR5
- Memory clock speed 1250
- Maximum resolution
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
of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.
Of Radeon R9 280's architecture, market segment and release date.
|Place in performance rating||248|
|Value for money||11.09|
|Architecture||GCN 1.0 (2012−2020)|
|GPU code name||Tahiti|
|Release date||4 March 2014 (8 years ago)|
|Launch price (MSRP)||$279|
|Price now||$162 (0.6x MSRP)||of 49999 (A100 SXM4)|
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 cores||1792||of 18432 (AD102)|
|Boost clock speed||933 MHz||of 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)|
|Number of transistors||4,313 million||of 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)|
|Manufacturing process technology||28 nm||of 4 (H100 PCIe)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||200 Watt||of 900 (Tesla S2050)|
|Texture fill rate||104.5||of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)|
|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|
|Supplementary power connectors||1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin|
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.
|Maximum RAM amount||3 GB||of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory bus width||384 Bit||of 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)|
|Memory clock speed||1250 MHz||of 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)|
|Memory bandwidth||240 GB/s||of 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 Connectors||2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort|
Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 280. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by Radeon R9 280, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon R9 280. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
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.
- 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
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%
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%
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|
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.
Overall Radeon R9 280 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.
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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