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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 280X

Reasons to consider the
Generic Radeon R9 280X

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Higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 5,000 MHz 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 925 MHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Higher battlefield 4 framerate 39.9 vs 7.5 More than 5.2x higher battlefield 4 framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,250 MHz 20% higher memory clock speed
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,398 vs 2,725 Around 25% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 106.5 fps vs 89.6 fps Around 20% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Front view of Radeon HD 7950 Boost

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Lower TDP 200W vs 250W 20% lower TDP

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

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

Battlefield 3 (2013) 1920x1080 - Ultra quality + FXAA-HIGH

Battlefield 4

Civilization 5 Texture Decomp (2013) Using the newest graphics cards Civ V can speed screen transitions by reducing texture sizes

PassMark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 280X  vs HD 7950 Boost 

When using two or more HD 7950 cards in CrossFire without gaming, only one card will be running, while the other cards are in AMD's new ZeroCore power state, during which they consume only about 1 Watt of power and the fan is disabled.
Radeon HD 7950 Boost


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