GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 280X vs 7870 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

7.3

Overall Score

Winner
Radeon R9 280X 

GPUBoss recommends the Radeon R9 280X  based on its gaming, benchmarks and 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
Significantly 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
Better PassMark score 5,492 vs 4,301 Around 30% better PassMark score
Better floating-point performance 4,096 GFLOPS vs 2,560 GFLOPS 60% better floating-point performance
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 4,800 MHz 25% higher effective memory clock speed
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Higher texture rate 128 GTexel/s vs 80 GTexel/s 60% higher texture rate
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,280 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 128 vs 80 48 more texture mapping units
Better ocean surface simulation score 1,899.95 frames/s vs 1,217.98 frames/s More than 55% better ocean surface simulation score
Better fire strike factor score 75.61 vs 60.16 More than 25% better fire strike factor score
More compute units 32 vs 20 12 more compute units
Higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,200 MHz 25% higher memory clock speed
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score 339.1 vs 296.7 Around 15% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,867 vs 2,307 Around 70% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 106.5 fps vs 78.8 fps More than 35% higher battlefield 3 framerate
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
478.27 mHash/s
Radeon HD 7870
316.54 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
87.88 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 7870
55.45 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
3,359.12
Radeon HD 7870
3,359.57

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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 

8.5
8.8
Looking at performance-per-watt in games, the HD 7870 jokerCard is the least power-efficient card from AMD.
Radeon HD 7870

Comments

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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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