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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 280

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

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
27.2 GPixel/s
Radeon HD 7950 Boost
27.2 GPixel/s
Our benchmarks here today will likely help determine if NVIDIA is as far behind the performance per dollar curve as we think they might be.
Radeon R9 280 | by Ryan-Shrout (Oct, 2013)

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

Radeon R9 280
95.2 GTexel/s
Radeon HD 7950 Boost
95.2 GTexel/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)

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon R9 280
3,046 GFLOPS
Radeon HD 7950 Boost
3,046 GFLOPS

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

The R240 is built with a half-height PCB and includes 320 shaders running at up to 780 MHz.
Radeon R9 280 | by Ryan-Shrout (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 850 MHz 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 925 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 27.2 GPixel/s 27.2 GPixel/s
Texture rate 95.2 GTexel/s 95.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,046 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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