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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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Slightly higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 5,500 MHz Around 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,375 MHz Around 10% higher memory clock speed
Front view of Radeon HD 7970

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7970

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Higher clock speed 925 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 280X vs HD 7970

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

Radeon R9 280X
106.5 fps
Radeon HD 7970
100.5 fps
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BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

Radeon R9 280X
73.9 fps
Radeon HD 7970
70.4 fps

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 280X  vs HD 7970 

The core of the HD 7970 GHz Edition is clocked as high as 1000 MHz, with a Boost frequency of 1050 MHz; while the memory is upped to 1500 MHz (actual) or 6.00 GHz (GDDR5 effective), resulting in a staggering 288 GB/s bandwidth thanks to the 384-bit wide memory interface.
Radeon HD 7970


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