Radeon R9 280 

Released October, 2013
  • 850 MHz
  • 3 GB GDDR5

The memory for the overclocked models would be configured at 1600 MHz which is 6.4 GHz effective, pumping out 307.2 FB/s compared to the reference 288 GB/s..
by hassan-mujtaba (Oct, 2013)
GPU Tweak- Easy overclocking and online streaming The included ASUS GPU Tweak utility enables R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X, R7 250, and R7 240 users intuitive control over GPU and video-memory clock speeds and voltages, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds – so they can overclock easily with confidence.
by Jeremy-Hellstrom (Oct, 2013)

Features Key features of the Radeon R9 280

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

Radeon R9 280
27.2 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 770
33.5 GPixel/s
Radeon R9 270X
33 GPixel/s
Our benchmarks here today will likely help determine if NVIDIA is as far behind the performance per dollar curve as we think they might be.
by Ryan-Shrout (Oct, 2013)

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

Radeon R9 280
95.2 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 770
134 GTexel/s
Radeon R9 270
72 GTexel/s
The Curacao Pro ended up faster than the Radeon HD 7870 in a previous performance overview so its easy to say that the Curacao XT based R9 270X would be much faster and trade blows with the Radeon HD 7950.
by hassan-mujtaba (Sep, 2013)

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon R9 280
3,046 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 760
2,258 GFLOPS
Radeon HD 7970
3,789 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

Radeon R9 280
The R240 is built with a half-height PCB and includes 320 shaders running at up to 780 MHz.
by Ryan-Shrout (Oct, 2013)

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Radeon R9 280
The Radeon R9 280X is based on the 28nm Tahiti die featuring 2048 Stream processors, 128 Texture mapping units and 32 Raster Operators.
by hassan-mujtaba (Oct, 2013)

compute units Discrete cores within the GPU

Radeon R9 280

In The News From around the web


AMD launches Radeon R9 280

by Peter Scott |
Working conditions in unregulated Litecoin mines are terrible and we're told many brave miners die in overclocking-related incidents.
The R9 280 is basically a rebranded HD 7950 Boost, it is almost identical, apart from slightly higher clocks.

AMD Launches Another Graphics Card: Radeon R9 280

by Ryan Shrout |
However, until I see a swarm of parts on Newegg.com or Amazon.com at, or very close to, the MSRPs listed on the table above for an extended period, I think the effects of coin mining (and the rumors of GPU shortages) will continue to plague us.
No one wants to see competition in the market and great options at reasonable prices for gamers more than us!

AMD working on R9 280 and R7 265 as well

by Slobodan Simic |
The R7 265 is expected to fit well in the lower mid-range segment with a price tag of around US $149 to US $159 while the R9 280 should fit below R9 280X which is still a US $299 graphics card, at least on paper, so hopefully, we will see the R9 280 at around US $249.
The GPU should end up clocked at around 900MHz while the memory will work at 4.8GHz.

The custom R9's have arrived

by Jeremy Hellstrom |
When it comes to discrete graphics, the $199 price point is known as the gamer’s sweet spot by both AMD and NVIDIA.
Read on to see what kind of performance boost you can expect and how much further you can push this card.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Tahiti
Market Desktop
Clock speed 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 925 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 1,792
Texture mapping units 112
Render output processors 32
Compute units 28
Pixel rate 27.2 GPixel/s
Texture rate 95.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,046 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,250 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz
Memory bus 384 bit
Memory 3,072 MB
Memory type GDDR5

noise and power

TDP 200W
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