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 1.0 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 good gaming and benchmark performance at 31.94 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon R9 280X's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 1.0
 
Code name
Tahiti
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
8 October 2013
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)

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 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
4,313 million
 
of 21100
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 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory bandwidth
288 GB / s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
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
4.5
 
of 4.6
Vulkan
+
 

Video card 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
31.53
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
5845
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
8870

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.

Fortnite

2018

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fortnite on Radeon R9 280X.

medium / 1080p
158
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
48
 

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Real world test results of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Radeon R9 280X.

ultra / 1080p
29
 

Overwatch

2016

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum HD Graphics 4400
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Overwatch on Radeon R9 280X.

high / 1080p
146
 
ultra / 1080p
73
 
4k / 2160p
47
 

GTA V

2015

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of GTA V on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
130
 
medium / 768p
122
 
high / 1080p
76
 
ultra / 1080p
32
 

Rainbow Six Siege

2015

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Dota 2

2013

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce 8600 GT

Counter-Strike: GO

2012

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
recommended GeForce 6600

League of Legends

2009

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce 6150 LE
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Minecraft

2009

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5970

Mass Effect Andromeda

2017

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Mass Effect Andromeda on Radeon R9 280X.

medium / 1080p
61
 
high / 1080p
37
 
ultra / 1080p
31
 
4k / 2160p
12
 

Battlefield 1 (BF1)

2016

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 1 (BF1) on Radeon R9 280X.

high / 1080p
67
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 
4k / 2160p
17
 

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

2016

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Deus Ex Mankind Divided on Radeon R9 280X.

high / 1080p
43
 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce GTX 650
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
116
 
medium / 768p
78
 
high / 1080p
49
 
ultra / 1080p
39
 
4k / 2160p
21
 

The Division

2016

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum Radeon HD 7770
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Division on Radeon R9 280X.

high / 1080p
48
 
ultra / 1080p
40
 
4k / 2160p
23
 

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce GTX 550 Ti
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fallout 4 on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 720p
135
 
medium / 768p
97
 
high / 1080p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
45
 
4k / 2160p
17
 

Star Wars Battlefront

2015

FPS tests

Real world test results of Star Wars Battlefront on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
195
 
medium / 768p
168
 
high / 1080p
92
 
ultra / 1080p
76
 
4k / 2160p
32
 

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 770

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Witcher 3 on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
114
 
medium / 768p
76
 
high / 1080p
48
 
ultra / 1080p
20
 

World of Warships

2015

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 550 Ti

FPS tests

Real world test results of World of Warships on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
224
 
medium / 768p
180
 
ultra / 1080p
124
 
4k / 2160p
45
 

Dragon Age: Inquisition

2014

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dragon Age: Inquisition on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
142
 
medium / 768p
131
 
high / 1080p
64
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 

Far Cry 4

2014

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum Radeon HD 5850
recommended GeForce GTX 680

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry 4 on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
96
 
medium / 768p
93
 
high / 1080p
72
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 

Sims 4

2014

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Sims 4 on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
188
 
medium / 768p
105
 
high / 1080p
84
 
ultra / 1080p
79
 

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
137
 
medium / 768p
114
 
high / 768p
102
 
ultra / 1080p
59
 

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce GTS 450
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Crysis 3 on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
144
 
medium / 768p
124
 
high / 768p
88
 
ultra / 1080p
39
 

Tomb Raider

2013

Official system requirements

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

Radeon R9 280X
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 280X.

low / 768p
486
 
medium / 768p
311
 
high / 768p
208
 
ultra / 1080p
101
 

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 1060 3 GB, which is slower by 3% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

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