AMD Radeon R9 280X: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon R9 280X

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 280X sales 8 October 2013 at a recommended price of $299. This is GCN architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 3 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at are supplied, and together with 384 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 288 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 250 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 21.57 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

General info

Of Radeon R9 280X's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN
 
Code name
Thaiti XTL
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
8 October 2013
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
of 999 (Radeon HD 7990)
Price now
$296
 
of 10560 (Quadro GV100)

Technical specs

Radeon R9 280X'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 280X's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
 
Transistor count
4,313 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
250 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
128.0 GTexel / s
 
Floating-point performance
4,096 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 280X'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
 
Length
275 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 280X: 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
 
Maximum RAM amount
3 GB
 
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory bandwidth
288 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280X.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
Eyefinity
+
 
HDMI
+
 
DisplayPort support
+
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 280X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
AppAcceleration
+
 
CrossFire
+
 
FreeSync
+
 
HD3D
+
 
LiquidVR
+
 
TressFX
+
 
TrueAudio
+
 
UVD
+
 
DDMA audio
+
 
Eyefinity
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 280X, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
Vulkan
+
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 280X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

21.57

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

285376

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

52117

3DMark Fire Strike Score

7368

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

8343

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

10792

3DMark Vantage Performance

33045

Unigine Heaven 3.0

95

Unigine Heaven 4.0

1017

Passmark

5837

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 280X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
494 Mh/s
 
 
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.07 Gh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
14.42 Mh/s
 
 
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.5 kh/s
 
 
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
285 Sol/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon R9 280X 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 280X performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 280X from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 960, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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