GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 280 vs 6850 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.2

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 6850 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 6850  based on its noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 280

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AMD Radeon R9 280

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Significantly higher memory bandwidth 240 GB/s vs 128 GB/s Around 90% higher memory bandwidth
Much higher dirt3 framerate 92 vs 65 More than 40% higher dirt3 framerate
More memory 3,072 MB vs 1,024 MB 3x more memory
Better floating-point performance 3,344 GFLOPS vs 1,488 GFLOPS Around 2.2x better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 104.5 GTexel/s vs 37.2 GTexel/s More than 2.8x higher texture rate
Higher effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz vs 4,000 MHz 25% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly better T-Rex score 8.14 frames/s vs 1.34 frames/s More than 6x better T-Rex score
Significantly better sky diver factor score 339.21 vs 184.6 Around 85% better sky diver factor score
More texture mapping units 112 vs 48 64 more texture mapping units
More shading units 1,792 vs 960 832 more shading units
More compute units 28 vs 12 16 more compute units
Higher memory clock speed 1,250 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 25% higher memory clock speed
Front view of Radeon HD 6850

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AMD Radeon HD 6850

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Lower TDP 127W vs 200W More than 35% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 280 vs HD 6850

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280
342.94 mHash/s
Radeon HD 6850
139.31 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280
79.57 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 6850
12.98 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280
1,212.21 frames/s
Radeon HD 6850
948.81 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280
3,359.65
Radeon HD 6850
3,359.04

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280
3,717.19
Radeon HD 6850
3,679.34

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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