AMD Radeon R9 280 vs R9 380X

AMD Radeon R9 280
AMD Radeon R9 380X

General info

Comparison of Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
n/d
 
20.69
Architecture
GCN 1.0
 
GCN 3.0
Code name
Tahiti
 
Antigua
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
reference
Release date
4 March 2014
 
19 November 2015
Launch price (MSRP)
$279
 
$229
Price now
n/d
 
$445

Technical specs

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.
Pipelines
1792
 
2048
Compute units
n/d
 
32
Boost Clock
933 MHz
 
970 MHz
Transistor count
4,313 million
 
5,000 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
200 Watt
 
190 Watt
Texture fill rate
104.5 GTexel / s
 
124.2 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
3,344 gflops
 
3,973 gflops

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).
Bus support
PCIe 3.0
 
PCIe 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
275 mm
 
221 mm
Form factor
n/d
 
Full Height / Full Length
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
 
​2 x 6-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire
-
 
+

Memory

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.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
High bandwidth memory (HBM)
n/d
 
-
Maximum RAM amount
3 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
64 Bit
Memory clock speed
1250 MHz
 
970 MHz
Memory bandwidth
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.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Eyefinity
+
 
+
Number of Eyefinity displays
n/d
 
6
HDMI
+
 
+
DisplayPort support
-
 
+

Technologies

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.
CrossFire
+
 
+
FRTC
-
 
+
FreeSync
+
 
+
HD3D
+
 
+
LiquidVR
+
 
+
PowerTune
-
 
+
TressFX
+
 
-
TrueAudio
+
 
+
ZeroCore
-
 
+
UVD
+
 
-
VCE
-
 
+
DDMA audio
+
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
DirectX® 12
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.5
OpenCL
n/d
 
2.0
Vulkan
+
 
+
Mantle
-
 
+

Benchmark performance

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 25.17
R9 380X 29.03 +15.3%

Passmark

R9 280 5378
R9 380X 6202 +15.3%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

R9 280 8020
R9 380X 9510 +18.6%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
408 Mh/s
 
n/d
Decred / DCR (Decred)
n/d
 
0.89 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
21.5 Mh/s +4.2%
 
20.63 Mh/s −4.2%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
n/d
 
0.58 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
n/d
 
175 Sol/s

Game benchmarks comparison

Let's see how good Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum HD Graphics 4000
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Fortnite on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
200−210 −10.6%
 
230−240 +10.6%
medium / 1080p
120−130 −10.9%
 
140−150 +10.9%
high / 1080p
75−80 −18.4%
 
90−95 +18.4%
ultra / 1080p
60−65 −18%
 
70−75 +18%
4k / 2160p
16−18 −5.9%
 
18−20 +5.9%
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 960
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
100−110 −8.8%
 
110−120 +8.8%
medium / 1080p
60−65 −14.3%
 
70−75 +14.3%
high / 1080p
65−70 −20.6%
 
80−85 +20.6%
ultra / 1080p
45−50 −22.2%
 
55−60 +22.2%
4k / 2160p
14−16 −13.3%
 
16−18 +13.3%
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 4850
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 7950

FPS tests

Overwatch on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
240−250 −6.1%
 
260−270 +6.1%
medium / 768p
200−210 −9.9%
 
220−230 +9.9%
high / 1080p
120−130 −16.3%
 
140−150 +16.3%
ultra / 1080p
70−75 −16.7%
 
80−85 +16.7%
4k / 2160p
45−50 −17.8%
 
50−55 +17.8%
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

GTA V on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
140−150 −5.6%
 
150−160 +5.6%
medium / 768p
130−140 −6.7%
 
140−150 +6.7%
high / 1080p
85−90 −19.1%
 
100−110 +19.1%
ultra / 1080p
40−45 −17.5%
 
45−50 +17.5%
4k / 2160p
30−35 −15.2%
 
35−40 +15.2%
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 460
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 670

FPS tests

Rainbow Six Siege on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
200−210 −8.7%
 
220−230 +8.7%
medium / 768p
150−160 −12.3%
 
170−180 +12.3%
high / 1080p
100−110 −16%
 
120−130 +16%
ultra / 1080p
85−90 −18%
 
100−110 +18%
4k / 2160p
35−40 −17.1%
 
40−45 +17.1%
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 6800
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 8600 GT
R9 380X +16%

FPS tests

Dota 2 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
110−120 −2.6%
 
120−130 +2.6%
medium / 768p
110−120 −3.6%
 
110−120 +3.6%
high / 1080p
80−85 +0%
 
80−85 +0%
ultra / 1080p
95−100 −6.3%
 
100−110 +6.3%
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Any
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Counter-Strike: GO on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
250−260 +0%
 
250−260 +0%
medium / 768p
230−240 +0%
 
230−240 +0%
high / 768p
210−220 −6.5%
 
220−230 +6.5%
ultra / 1080p
200−210 −10.3%
 
220−230 +10.3%
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Any
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 2400
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 5870

Battlefield V

2018

FPS tests

Battlefield V on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
110−120 −14.5%
 
130−140 +14.5%
medium / 1080p
60−65 −17.2%
 
75−80 +17.2%
high / 1080p
55−60 −18.2%
 
65−70 +18.2%
ultra / 1080p
45−50 −12.2%
 
55−60 +12.2%
4k / 2160p
16−18 −18.8%
 
18−20 +18.8%

Call of Duty Black Ops 4

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Call of Duty Black Ops 4 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7950
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
110−120 −20.2%
 
140−150 +20.2%
medium / 1080p
65−70 −24.2%
 
80−85 +24.2%
high / 1080p
55−60 −22%
 
70−75 +22%
ultra / 1080p
50−55 −26%
 
60−65 +26%
4k / 2160p
12−14 −38.5%
 
18−20 +38.5%

Fallout 76

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Fallout 76 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 780
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Fallout 76 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
55−60 −1.8%
 
55−60 +1.8%
medium / 1080p
45−50 −8.2%
 
50−55 +8.2%
high / 1080p
45−50 −8.5%
 
50−55 +8.5%
ultra / 1080p
40−45 −9.1%
 
45−50 +9.1%
4k / 2160p
20−22 −20%
 
24−27 +20%

Far Cry 5

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Far Cry 5 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 670
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Far Cry 5 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
80−85 −12.2%
 
90−95 +12.2%
medium / 1080p
50−55 −14.8%
 
60−65 +14.8%
high / 1080p
45−50 −17.4%
 
50−55 +17.4%
ultra / 1080p
40−45 −16.7%
 
45−50 +16.7%
4k / 2160p
16−18 −17.6%
 
20−22 +17.6%

Forza Horizon 4

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Forza Horizon 4 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GT 740
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon RX 470

FPS tests

Forza Horizon 4 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
100−110 −14.6%
 
110−120 +14.6%
medium / 1080p
65−70 −14.5%
 
75−80 +14.5%
high / 1080p
60−65 −17.2%
 
75−80 +17.2%
ultra / 1080p
50−55 −18%
 
55−60 +18%
4k / 2160p
24−27 −20%
 
30−33 +20%

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Kingdom Come: Deliverance official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 660
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Kingdom Come: Deliverance on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
85−90 −11.8%
 
95−100 +11.8%
medium / 1080p
50−55 −16%
 
55−60 +16%
high / 1080p
45−50 −15.6%
 
50−55 +15.6%
ultra / 1080p
30−35 −14.7%
 
35−40 +14.7%
4k / 2160p
9−10 −22.2%
 
10−12 +22.2%

Monster Hunter World

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Monster Hunter World official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 760
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Monster Hunter World on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
100−105 −16%
 
110−120 +16%
medium / 1080p
50−55 −18.9%
 
60−65 +18.9%
high / 1080p
45−50 −19.6%
 
55−60 +19.6%
ultra / 1080p
35−40 −20%
 
40−45 +20%
4k / 2160p
9−10 −22.2%
 
10−12 +22.2%

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Shadow of the Tomb Raider official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7770
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
85−90 −11.6%
 
95−100 +11.6%
medium / 1080p
40−45 −19.5%
 
45−50 +19.5%
high / 1080p
35−40 −18.4%
 
45−50 +18.4%
ultra / 1080p
30−35 −18.8%
 
35−40 +18.8%
4k / 2160p
12−14 −16.7%
 
14−16 +16.7%

Ark Survival Evolved

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Ark Survival Evolved official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7870
R9 380X +16%

FPS tests

Ark Survival Evolved on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
100−110 −15.5%
 
110−120 +15.5%
medium / 1080p
35−40 −21.1%
 
45−50 +21.1%
high / 1080p
27−30 −17.9%
 
30−35 +17.9%
ultra / 1080p
21−24 −14.3%
 
24−27 +14.3%
4k / 2160p
10−11 −20%
 
12−14 +20%

Assassin´s Creed Origins

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Assassin´s Creed Origins official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 660
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 760

FPS tests

Assassin´s Creed Origins on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
55−60 −6.8%
 
60−65 +6.8%
medium / 1080p
40−45 −11.6%
 
45−50 +11.6%
high / 1080p
35−40 −12.8%
 
40−45 +12.8%
ultra / 1080p
30−35 −12.1%
 
35−40 +12.1%
4k / 2160p
14−16 −20%
 
18−20 +20%

Destiny 2

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Destiny 2 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7850
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Destiny 2 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
100−110 −7.5%
 
110−120 +7.5%
medium / 1080p
75−80 −13.2%
 
85−90 +13.2%
high / 1080p
70−75 −14.1%
 
80−85 +14.1%
ultra / 1080p
55−60 −15.3%
 
65−70 +15.3%
4k / 2160p
16−18 −17.6%
 
20−22 +17.6%

Ghost Recon Wildlands

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Ghost Recon Wildlands official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 660
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Ghost Recon Wildlands on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
100−110 −13.7%
 
110−120 +13.7%
medium / 1080p
55−60 −16.4%
 
60−65 +16.4%
high / 1080p
50−55 −16%
 
55−60 +16%
ultra / 1080p
27−30 −18.5%
 
30−35 +18.5%
4k / 2160p
18−20 −15.8%
 
21−24 +15.8%

Mass Effect Andromeda

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Mass Effect Andromeda official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7850
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Mass Effect Andromeda on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
100−110 −13.5%
 
110−120 +13.5%
medium / 1080p
65−70 −19.4%
 
80−85 +19.4%
high / 1080p
45−50 −20%
 
50−55 +20%
ultra / 1080p
40−45 −20%
 
45−50 +20%
4k / 2160p
12−14 −23.1%
 
16−18 +23.1%

Resident Evil 7

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Resident Evil 7 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 760
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Resident Evil 7 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
210−220 −16.4%
 
240−250 +16.4%
medium / 1080p
120−130 −16.7%
 
140−150 +16.7%
high / 1080p
85−90 −18.8%
 
100−110 +18.8%
ultra / 1080p
65−70 −23.1%
 
80−85 +23.1%
4k / 2160p
24−27 −16.7%
 
27−30 +16.7%

Star Wars Battlefront 2

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Star Wars Battlefront 2 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7850
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Star Wars Battlefront 2 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
120−130 −5.6%
 
130−140 +5.6%
medium / 1080p
65−70 −10.4%
 
70−75 +10.4%
high / 1080p
60−65 −14.5%
 
70−75 +14.5%
ultra / 1080p
45−50 −16.3%
 
55−60 +16.3%
4k / 2160p
6−7 −33.3%
 
8−9 +33.3%

Battlefield 1 (BF1)

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Battlefield 1 (BF1) official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7850
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Battlefield 1 (BF1) on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
130−140 −6.1%
 
140−150 +6.1%
medium / 768p
100−110 −8.3%
 
110−120 +8.3%
high / 1080p
65−70 −16.2%
 
75−80 +16.2%
ultra / 1080p
60−65 −18%
 
70−75 +18%
4k / 2160p
24−27 −16%
 
27−30 +16%

Civilization VI

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Civilization VI official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 5570
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Civilization VI on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
75−80 −5.1%
 
80−85 +5.1%
medium / 768p
60−65 −7.9%
 
65−70 +7.9%
high / 1080p
45−50 −14.3%
 
55−60 +14.3%
ultra / 1080p
40−45 −14.6%
 
45−50 +14.6%
4k / 2160p
30−35 −17.6%
 
40−45 +17.6%

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Deus Ex Mankind Divided official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 660
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Deus Ex Mankind Divided on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
80−85 −11%
 
90−95 +11%
medium / 768p
60−65 −15.6%
 
70−75 +15.6%
high / 1080p
40−45 −15%
 
45−50 +15%
ultra / 1440p
21−24 −14.3%
 
24−27 +14.3%
4k / 2160p
14−16 −21.4%
 
16−18 +21.4%

Dishonored 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Dishonored 2 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 660
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Dishonored 2 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
70−75 −8.5%
 
75−80 +8.5%
medium / 768p
60−65 −10.9%
 
70−75 +10.9%
high / 1080p
50−55 −18%
 
55−60 +18%
ultra / 1080p
45−50 −17.8%
 
50−55 +17.8%
4k / 2160p
18−20 −10.5%
 
21−24 +10.5%

Doom

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Doom official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7870
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Doom on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
100−110 −8.9%
 
110−120 +8.9%
medium / 768p
85−90 −9.1%
 
95−100 +9.1%
high / 1080p
70−75 −18.3%
 
80−85 +18.3%
ultra / 1440p
65−70 −19.7%
 
75−80 +19.7%
4k / 2160p
24−27 −23.1%
 
30−35 +23.1%

Far Cry Primal

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Far Cry Primal official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 5770
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Far Cry Primal on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
100−110 −8.7%
 
110−120 +8.7%
medium / 768p
60−65 −16.1%
 
70−75 +16.1%
high / 1080p
60−65 −14.8%
 
70−75 +14.8%
ultra / 1080p
45−50 −16.7%
 
55−60 +16.7%
4k / 2160p
21−24 −19%
 
24−27 +19%

Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Rise of the Tomb Raider official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 650
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Rise of the Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
120−130 −14.3%
 
140−150 +14.3%
medium / 768p
85−90 −15.9%
 
100−110 +15.9%
high / 768p
50−55 −16%
 
55−60 +16%
ultra / 1080p
40−45 −17.1%
 
45−50 +17.1%
4k / 2160p
21−24 −19%
 
24−27 +19%

The Division

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to The Division official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7770
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

The Division on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
110−120 −13.4%
 
130−140 +13.4%
medium / 768p
80−85 −15.5%
 
95−100 +15.5%
high / 1080p
50−55 −18.9%
 
60−65 +18.9%
ultra / 1080p
40−45 −16.3%
 
50−55 +16.3%
4k / 2160p
21−24 −19%
 
24−27 +19%

Titanfall 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Titanfall 2 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7850
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Titanfall 2 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
130−140 −3.8%
 
130−140 +3.8%
medium / 768p
110−120 −6.7%
 
120−130 +6.7%
high / 1080p
75−80 −17.3%
 
85−90 +17.3%
ultra / 1080p
65−70 −16.7%
 
75−80 +16.7%
4k / 2160p
24−27 −24%
 
30−35 +24%

Watch Dogs 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Watch Dogs 2 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 660
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Watch Dogs 2 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
75−80 −6.7%
 
80−85 +6.7%
medium / 768p
75−80 −11.5%
 
85−90 +11.5%
high / 1080p
45−50 −15.2%
 
50−55 +15.2%
ultra / 1080p
30−35 −18.2%
 
35−40 +18.2%
4k / 2160p
16−18 −23.5%
 
21−24 +23.5%

XCOM 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to XCOM 2 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 5770
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

XCOM 2 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
95−100 −6.1%
 
100−110 +6.1%
medium / 1080p
45−50 −12.2%
 
55−60 +12.2%
high / 1080p
35−40 −14.3%
 
40−45 +14.3%
ultra / 1080p
18−20 −16.7%
 
21−24 +16.7%
4k / 2160p
10−11 −20%
 
12−14 +20%

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Fallout 4 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 550 Ti
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Fallout 4 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
130−140 −9.4%
 
150−160 +9.4%
medium / 768p
90−95 −13.3%
 
100−110 +13.3%
high / 1080p
50−55 −16.7%
 
60−65 +16.7%
ultra / 1080p
45−50 −14.6%
 
55−60 +14.6%
4k / 2160p
21−24 −18.2%
 
24−27 +18.2%

Just Cause 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Just Cause 3 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 7870
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Just Cause 3 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
100−110 −6.9%
 
100−110 +6.9%
medium / 768p
85−90 −5.9%
 
90−95 +5.9%
high / 768p
55−60 −13.8%
 
65−70 +13.8%
ultra / 1080p
50−55 −13.2%
 
60−65 +13.2%
4k / 2160p
21−24 −14.3%
 
24−27 +14.3%

Star Wars Battlefront

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Star Wars Battlefront official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Any
R9 380X +16%
recommended Any

FPS tests

Star Wars Battlefront on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
170−180 −5.2%
 
180−190 +5.2%
medium / 768p
130−140 −9.2%
 
140−150 +9.2%
high / 1080p
85−90 −16.3%
 
100−105 +16.3%
ultra / 1080p
75−80 −17.1%
 
85−90 +17.1%
4k / 2160p
27−30 −17.9%
 
30−35 +17.9%

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to The Witcher 3 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTX 660
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 770

FPS tests

The Witcher 3 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
150−160 −16.7%
 
170−180 +16.7%
medium / 768p
100−110 −17.5%
 
120−130 +17.5%
high / 1080p
50−55 −13.7%
 
55−60 +13.7%
ultra / 1080p
30−35 −18.8%
 
35−40 +18.8%
4k / 2160p
20−22 −20%
 
24−27 +20%

World of Warships

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to World of Warships official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum HD Graphics 4000
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 550 Ti

FPS tests

World of Warships on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
160−170 −7.1%
 
180−190 +7.1%
medium / 768p
130−140 −7.2%
 
140−150 +7.2%
high / 1080p
110−120 −9.7%
 
120−130 +9.7%
ultra / 1080p
100−110 −11.8%
 
110−120 +11.8%
4k / 2160p
35−40 −16.7%
 
40−45 +16.7%

Dragon Age: Inquisition

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Dragon Age: Inquisition official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Dragon Age: Inquisition on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
120−130 −7.9%
 
130−140 +7.9%
medium / 768p
100−110 −9.4%
 
110−120 +9.4%
high / 1080p
50−55 −15.1%
 
60−65 +15.1%
ultra / 1080p
35−40 −15.8%
 
40−45 +15.8%

Far Cry 4

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Far Cry 4 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 5850
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 680

FPS tests

Far Cry 4 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
100−110 −6.9%
 
100−110 +6.9%
medium / 768p
90−95 −8.5%
 
100−110 +8.5%
high / 768p
60−65 −14.8%
 
70−75 +14.8%
ultra / 1080p
45−50 −16.3%
 
55−60 +16.3%

Sims 4

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Sims 4 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 6600
R9 380X +16%

FPS tests

Sims 4 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
170−180 −3.5%
 
170−180 +3.5%
medium / 768p
120−130 −5.8%
 
120−130 +5.8%
high / 1080p
95−100 −9.5%
 
100−110 +9.5%
ultra / 1080p
80−85 −9.8%
 
90−95 +9.8%

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Battlefield 4 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
150−160 −7%
 
160−170 +7%
medium / 768p
140−150 −8.5%
 
150−160 +8.5%
high / 768p
110−120 −12.8%
 
130−140 +12.8%
ultra / 1080p
55−60 −14.3%
 
60−65 +14.3%
4k / 2160p
27−30 −17.2%
 
30−35 +17.2%

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Crysis 3 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce GTS 450
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Crysis 3 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
120−130 −6.6%
 
130−140 +6.6%
medium / 768p
100−110 −8.8%
 
110−120 +8.8%
high / 768p
75−80 −10.7%
 
80−85 +10.7%
ultra / 1080p
35−40 −14.3%
 
40−45 +14.3%

Tomb Raider

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Tomb Raider official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
350−400 −9.7%
 
400−450 +9.7%
medium / 768p
280−290 −13.3%
 
300−350 +13.3%
high / 768p
220−230 −17.6%
 
260−270 +17.6%
ultra / 1080p
100−110 −19.4%
 
120−130 +19.4%

Diablo III

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Diablo III official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 7800 GT
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 4870

FPS tests

Diablo III on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
250−260 −4%
 
260−270 +4%
medium / 768p
210−220 −3.8%
 
220−230 +3.8%
high / 768p
200−210 −5%
 
210−220 +5%
ultra / 1080p
170−180 −12.4%
 
200−210 +12.4%

Dishonored

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Dishonored official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Radeon HD 5850
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 5850

FPS tests

Dishonored on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
120−130 −4.1%
 
120−130 +4.1%
medium / 768p
120−130 −4.1%
 
120−130 +4.1%
high / 768p
120−130 −4.1%
 
120−130 +4.1%
ultra / 1080p
110−120 −4.3%
 
120−130 +4.3%

Mass Effect 3

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Mass Effect 3 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 7900 GT
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce 9800 GT

FPS tests

Mass Effect 3 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
55−60 −3.4%
 
60−65 +3.4%
high / 768p
55−60 −3.4%
 
60−65 +3.4%
ultra / 1080p
55−60 −3.4%
 
60−65 +3.4%

World of Tanks v8

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to World of Tanks v8 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 6800
R9 380X +16%
recommended Radeon HD 7850

FPS tests

World of Tanks v8 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
110−120 −5.4%
 
110−120 +5.4%
medium / 768p
75−80 −6.7%
 
80−85 +6.7%
high / 768p
70−75 −8.3%
 
75−80 +8.3%
ultra / 1080p
60−65 −8.3%
 
65−70 +8.3%

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum Any
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 260

FPS tests

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 720p
130−140 +0%
 
130−140 +0%
medium / 768p
110−120 +0%
 
110−120 +0%
high / 768p
85−90 +0%
 
85−90 +0%
ultra / 1080p
65−70 −9.1%
 
70−75 +9.1%

Civilization 5

2010

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to Civilization 5 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 7900 GS
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce 9800 GT

FPS tests

Civilization 5 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
90−95 +0%
 
90−95 +0%
ultra / 1080p
80−85 +0%
 
80−85 +0%

StarCraft 2

2010

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to StarCraft 2 official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum GeForce 7600 GT
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 650

FPS tests

StarCraft 2 on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 768p
300−350 −6.4%
 
300−350 +6.4%
medium / 768p
110−120 −6.7%
 
120−130 +6.7%
high / 768p
110−120 −7.7%
 
120−130 +7.7%
ultra / 1080p
90−95 −6.7%
 
95−100 +6.7%

World of Warcraft

2005

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X performance compared to World of Warcraft official system requirements.

R9 280
minimum HD Graphics 530
R9 380X +16%
recommended GeForce GTX 960

FPS tests

World of Warcraft on Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 380X.

low / 600p
230−240 +0%
 
230−240 +0%
medium / 768p
180−190 +0%
 
180−190 +0%
high / 1024p
130−140 +0%
 
130−140 +0%
ultra / 1080p
80−85 −8.5%
 
85−90 +8.5%

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 280

Wider memory bus (384 vs 64 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (240 vs 182.4 GB/s)
DirectX® 12
OpenGL® 4.3
OpenCL™ 
TressFX
UVD

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 380X

15.3% 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)
​DirectX® 12
OpenGL® 4.5
Vulkan™
OpenCL™ 2.0
Bridgeless CrossFire
DisplayPort support
FRTC
PowerTune (dynamically increases AMD GPU's voltage and frequency while there's still enough temperature headroom. Similar to NVIDIA GPU Boost)
ZeroCore
VCE

So, R9 280 or R9 380X?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon R9 380X.
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