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Front view of Radeon R9 280X

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Generic Radeon R9 280X

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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

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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
GPU Temperature ComparisonIdleLoadMSI R9 280X Gaming 6 GB40°C77°CMSI R9 280X Gaming 3 GB39°C87°CASUS R9 280X DC II32°C70°CASUS R9 280X Matrix38°C74°CSapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC36°C73°CGigabyte R9 280X OC34°C70°C Important: GPU temperature will vary depending on clock speed, voltage settings, cooler design, and production variances.
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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 

8.5
8.8
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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actually you are wrong, the 280x is now about £50 more than the 7970 and they specs as far as i can tell after 3 days of comparing them both on various sites and reviews is that overall the 7970 wins but only just, some people keep jumping on the fact that for crysis 2 you get 10fps more, which i admit is a huge difference to be honest when considering a card for gaming, but its not like that for every game but alot of reviews tend to only use that game, look at the crossfire 7970 compared to the single 7970 on some games it doubles your fps having crossfire, others the single actually wins... some things arnt as clear cut as they should be, but that was just one example im sure you get my point
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Guys I would really appreciate it if we could sharpen things up because I have done many,MANY video tutorials and reviews and pc mags reading up of this R9 280X vs the 7970 and please guys its always come out as the R9 280X on top. I would most hate my Favorite GPU comparison site to have false information out there for those uneducated buyers who absolutely cant do without you guys. At current pricing the 280X is about $100 dollers cheaper that's about R1000 and it out performs the 7970 everywhere. I also noticed as I was comparing the HD 6990 vs the R9 280X it showed the 6990 being a lot stronger than the 280x ,where as when I compared the 7970 to the 6990 it showed the 7970 was indeed stronger. This couldn't be further from the truth if , indeed my sources are correct and the R9 280X is stronger than the 7970?? Doing something about this would be very appreciated as I have for Many months and years adored this website and wouldn't want people saying your information is false just for anyone wondering here is a link to a video comparison. thank you
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