AMD Radeon R9 280: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon R9 280


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 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 25.18 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000.

General info

Of Radeon R9 280's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
GCN 1.0
Code name
Release date
4 March 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
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.
Boost Clock
933 MHz
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
4,313 million
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
200 Watt
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
104.5 GTexel / s
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
PCIe 3.0 x16
275 mm
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.
Memory type
Maximum RAM amount
3 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
1250 MHz
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
240 GB / s
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280.
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.
DDMA audio

API support

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

Benchmark 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




3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score


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 FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

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 690, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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