GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 280X vs 7870 among Desktop GPUs


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

Radeon R9 280X 

GPUBoss recommends the Radeon R9 280X  based on its compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 280X

Reasons to consider the
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Much higher memory bandwidth 288 GB/s vs 153.6 GB/s Around 90% higher memory bandwidth
Better PassMark score 5,809 vs 4,339 Around 35% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark06 score 28,452 vs 23,230 More than 20% better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 10,792 vs 6,194 Around 75% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Much better manhattan score 3,712.68 vs 1,859.5 Around 2x better manhattan score
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 4,800 MHz 25% higher effective memory clock speed
Better floating-point performance 4,096 GFLOPS vs 2,560 GFLOPS 60% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 128 GTexel/s vs 80 GTexel/s 60% higher texture rate
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,280 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 128 vs 80 48 more texture mapping units
More compute units 32 vs 20 12 more compute units
Significantly wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Better sky diver factor score 380.99 vs 324.89 More than 15% better sky diver factor score
Higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,200 MHz 25% higher memory clock speed
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,677 vs 2,360 More than 55% better PassMark direct compute score
Better video composition score 103.67 frames/s vs 91.03 frames/s Around 15% better video composition score
Front view of Radeon HD 7870

Reasons to consider the
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Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,592 vs 11,255 More than 2x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Higher crysis 3 framerate 25.8 fps vs 13.1 fps More than 95% higher crysis 3 framerate
Significantly lower TDP 175W vs 250W 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 280X vs HD 7870

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
470.89 mHash/s
Radeon HD 7870
294.21 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
95.81 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 7870
60.32 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
Radeon HD 7870

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
Radeon HD 7870

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

Crysis 3

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 280X  vs HD 7870 

Looking at performance-per-watt in games, the HD 7870 jokerCard is the least power-efficient card from AMD.
Radeon HD 7870


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do you think that the 280x would be better because of the more memory that is useable?? or would it all be pointless???
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