AMD Radeon R9 280X: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon R9 280X
Radeon R9 280X
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 3072 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 0
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2013
Performance 19.62

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 dual-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

19.62%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon R9 280X's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating244
Value for money16.55
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameThaiti XTL
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date8 October 2013 (8 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$299
Price now$163 (0.5x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon R9 280X's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base 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 / CUDA cores2048of 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed1000 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors4,313 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)250 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate128.0of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance4,096 gflopsof 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 supportPCIe 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length275 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount3 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory bandwidth288 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 280X. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors2x 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+
CrossFire1
Enduro-
FreeSync1
HD3D+
LiquidVR1
PowerTune-
TressFX1
TrueAudio+
ZeroCore-
UVD+
DDMA audio+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 280X, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectXDirectX® 12
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan+
Mantle-

Benchmark performance

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


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

R9 280X 19.62
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

R9 280X 5837

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

R9 280X 33045

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

R9 280X 10792

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

R9 280X 7368

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

R9 280X 52117

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

R9 280X 8343

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

R9 280X 285376

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

R9 280X 95

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

R9 280X 1017

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 frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD64
4K28

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 20−22

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20−22
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 20−22
Battlefield 5 20−22
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20−22
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
Far Cry 5 20−22
Far Cry New Dawn 20−22
Forza Horizon 4 20−22
Hitman 3 20−22
Horizon Zero Dawn 20−22
Red Dead Redemption 2 20−22
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 20−22
Watch Dogs: Legion 20−22

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20−22
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 20−22
Battlefield 5 20−22
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20−22
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
Far Cry 5 20−22
Far Cry New Dawn 20−22
Forza Horizon 4 20−22
Hitman 3 20−22
Horizon Zero Dawn 20−22
Metro Exodus 20−22
Red Dead Redemption 2 20−22
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 20−22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 48
Watch Dogs: Legion 20−22

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20−22
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 20−22
Battlefield 5 20−22
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
Far Cry 5 20−22
Far Cry New Dawn 20−22
Forza Horizon 4 20−22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20
Watch Dogs: Legion 20−22

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20−22
Hitman 3 20−22
Horizon Zero Dawn 20−22
Metro Exodus 20−22
Red Dead Redemption 2 20−22
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 20−22

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20−22
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 20−22
Battlefield 5 20−22
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
Far Cry 5 20−22
Far Cry New Dawn 20−22
Forza Horizon 4 20−22
Watch Dogs: Legion 20−22

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20−22
Hitman 3 20−22
Horizon Zero Dawn 20−22
Metro Exodus 20−22
Red Dead Redemption 2 20−22
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 20−22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20−22

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20−22
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 20−22
Battlefield 5 20−22
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
Far Cry 5 20−22
Far Cry New Dawn 20−22
Forza Horizon 4 20−22
Watch Dogs: Legion 20−22

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon R9 280X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon R9 280X's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 770, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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