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 32.48 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
 
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
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
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 specs

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
 
of 32
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
4.5
 
of 4.6
Vulkan
+
 

Video card benchmarks 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
32.37
 
 
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
5841
 
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 (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon R9 280X is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.26
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Fortnite (2018)
medium / 1080p
158
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
48
 
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
medium / 1080p
61
 
high / 1080p
37
 
ultra / 1080p
31
 
4k / 2160p
12
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
ultra / 1080p
29
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
high / 1080p
67
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
43
 
Overwatch (2016)
high / 1080p
146
 
ultra / 1080p
73
 
4k / 2160p
47
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
116
 
medium / 768p
78
 
high / 1080p
49
 
ultra / 1080p
39
 
4k / 2160p
21
 
The Division (2016)
high / 1080p
48
 
ultra / 1080p
40
 
4k / 2160p
23
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
135
 
medium / 768p
97
 
high / 1080p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
45
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
130
 
medium / 768p
122
 
high / 1080p
76
 
ultra / 1080p
32
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
114
 
medium / 768p
76
 
high / 1080p
48
 
ultra / 1080p
20
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
96
 
medium / 768p
93
 
high / 1080p
72
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
188
 
medium / 768p
105
 
high / 1080p
84
 
ultra / 1080p
79
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
137
 
medium / 768p
114
 
high / 768p
102
 
ultra / 1080p
59
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
144
 
medium / 768p
124
 
high / 768p
88
 
ultra / 1080p
39
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
486
 
medium / 768p
311
 
high / 768p
208
 
ultra / 1080p
101
 
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low / 768p
89
 
medium / 768p
48
 
high / 768p
25
 
ultra / 1080p
19
 

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 6% and lower by 8 positions in our rating.

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