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
 
19.36
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
 
$528.44

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
-
 
+

Video card benchmark performance comparison

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 25.23
R9 380X 28.99 +14.9%

Passmark

R9 280 5390
R9 380X 6194 +14.9%

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 Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
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 Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

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

R9 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
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 Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
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 Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
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 Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
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 Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
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
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
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 Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

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

R9 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
R9 380X
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

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

14.9% 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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