AMD Radeon R9 280 vs R9 380X
Comparison of Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X architecture, market type and release date.
Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X'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 and Radeon R9 380X's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
104.5 GTexel / s
124.2 GTexel / s
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X 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).
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
Full Height / Full Length
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
2 x 6-pin
Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X: 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.
High bandwidth memory (HBM)
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
240 GB / s
182.4 GB / s
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Number of Eyefinity displays
Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
R9 280 25.77
R9 380X 32.28 +25.3%
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
R9 280 8020
R9 380X 9510 +18.6%
R9 280 5374
R9 380X 6211 +15.6%
Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
Decred / DCR (Decred)
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
21.5 Mh/s +4.2%
20.63 Mh/s −4.2%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
Let's see how good Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 280
Wider memory bus (384 vs 64 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (240 vs 182.4 GB/s)
Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 380X
25.3% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (19 November 2015 vs 4 March 2014)
Cheaper ($229 vs $279)
More pipelines (2048 vs 1792)
Less power hungry (190 vs 200 watts)
PowerTune (dynamically increases AMD GPU's voltage and frequency while there's still enough temperature headroom. Similar to NVIDIA GPU Boost)
So, R9 280 or R9 380X?
Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon R9 380X.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.