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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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GPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Radeon R9 280 vs the Radeon HD 7950 Boost.

Front view of Radeon HD 7950 Boost

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Slightly higher clock speed 850 MHz vs 827 MHz Around 5% higher clock speed

Features Key features of the Radeon R9 280  vs HD 7950 Boost 

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

Radeon R9 280
26.5 GPixel/s
Radeon HD 7950 Boost
27.2 GPixel/s
The Curacao Pro ended up faster than the Radeon HD 7870 in a previous performance overview so its easy to say that the Curacao XT based R9 270X would be much faster and trade blows with the Radeon HD 7950.
Radeon R9 280 | by hassan-mujtaba (Sep, 2013)

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

Radeon R9 280
92.6 GTexel/s
Radeon HD 7950 Boost
95.2 GTexel/s
The GPU has a performance score of around 4000 marks in Firestrike in performance mode and would be available in 2 GB models for $139 US at launch.
Radeon R9 280 | by hassan-mujtaba (Sep, 2013)

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon R9 280
2,964 GFLOPS
Radeon HD 7950 Boost
3,046 GFLOPS
The R9 290X’s 55% fan speed “Uber” mode is high enough to prevent GPU throttling in workloads, even under sustained load.
Radeon R9 280 | by Joel-Hruska (Nov, 2013)

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

The rest of the card specifications confirmed include the $139 Radeon R7 260X which is a Radeon HD 7790 rebrand featuring 896 Stream processors, 16 ROPs, 56 TMUs and a 2 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 128-bit wide memory interface.
Radeon R9 280 | by hassan-mujtaba (Oct, 2013)

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

The Radeon R9 280X is based on the 28nm Tahiti die featuring 2048 Stream processors, 128 Texture mapping units and 32 Raster Operators.
Radeon R9 280 | by hassan-mujtaba (Oct, 2013)

compute units Discrete cores within the GPU

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Radeon R9 280  vs
HD 7950 Boost 
GPU name Tahiti Tahiti PRO
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 827 MHz 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 933 MHz 925 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 1,792 1,792
Texture mapping units 112 112
Render output processors 32 32
Compute units 28 28
Pixel rate 26.5 GPixel/s 27.2 GPixel/s
Texture rate 92.6 GTexel/s 95.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,964 GFLOPS 3,046 GFLOPS


Radeon R9 280  vs
HD 7950 Boost 
Memory clock speed 1,250 MHz 1,250 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz 5,000 MHz
Memory bus 384 bit 384 bit
Memory 3,072 MB 3,072 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5

noise and power

TDP 200W 200W


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Wow you are not kidding with them re badge this graphics and the problem is that the 7950 and 7970 have gone up so much in price it makes it hard justifying spending 400 on a 7950 when I can get a 7770 4gb and or pay 80 dollars more and buy myself a 780 or a 280x. I wish AMD had done things differently for these cards because right now I am trying to build my wife a newer and better gaming rig compared to her aging anthlon 4 core. She mostly plays WOW and she is a hardcore raider and in 25 man when you are a healer you cannot be getting lag and bad framerates like she has been getting. I was wondering for 220 limit what would you recommend for a gpu that can handle play the next expansion of WOWs graphics at 1080 during 25 man raid?
why wait so long to just release a re badge amd disappointing!
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