GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 280X vs 7950 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 better 3DMark06 score 28,452 vs 16,730 More than 70% better 3DMark06 score
Better PassMark score 5,809 vs 4,764 More than 20% better PassMark score
Higher memory bandwidth 288 GB/s vs 240 GB/s 20% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 4,096 GFLOPS vs 2,867.2 GFLOPS Around 45% better floating-point performance
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 5,000 MHz 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher texture rate 128 GTexel/s vs 89.6 GTexel/s Around 45% higher texture rate
Higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,250 MHz 20% higher memory clock speed
Slightly more shading units 2,048 vs 1,792 256 more shading units
Slightly more texture mapping units 128 vs 112 16 more texture mapping units
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,677 vs 2,725 Around 35% better PassMark direct compute score
Front view of Radeon HD 7950

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Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 31,710 vs 11,255 More than 2.8x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Lower TDP 200W vs 250W 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 280X vs HD 7950

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
475.81 mHash/s
Radeon HD 7950
344.98 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
95.76 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 7950
64.24 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
Radeon HD 7950

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 280X
Radeon HD 7950

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 7950 

This power configuration is good for up to 225 W of power draw.
Radeon HD 7950


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Arcanekitten, difference is big in other games.
LOL 100 euro less and only 20 fps less
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