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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 280X

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Generic Radeon R9 280X

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Higher memory bandwidth 288 GB/s vs 240 GB/s 20% higher memory bandwidth
Slightly better PassMark score 5,618 vs 4,763 Around 20% better PassMark score
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 5,000 MHz 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Better floating-point performance 4,096 GFLOPS vs 3,315 GFLOPS Around 25% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 128 GTexel/s vs 103.6 GTexel/s Around 25% higher texture rate
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 106.5 fps vs 89.6 fps Around 20% higher battlefield 3 framerate
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
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
Slightly higher turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 925 MHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,603 vs 2,724 More than 30% better PassMark direct compute score
Front view of Radeon HD 7950 Boost

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AMD 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 

8.5
9.1
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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