Radeon R9 280 

Released March, 2014
  • 827 MHz
  • 3 GB GDDR5

The GPU core clock is maintained at 1000 MHz and the boost clock is configured at 1050 MHz.
by hassan-mujtaba (Oct, 2013)
Similar to what we saw with Hitman: Absolution, we can see a good minimum FPS here, but unfortunately the 39 FPS average is just way too low.
by Shawn-Baker (Aug, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 280

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining)

Radeon R9 280
423.53 mHash/s
Radeon R7 370
253.28 mHash/s
Radeon R9 280X
462.13 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Radeon R9 280
79.45 mPixels/s
Radeon R7 370
52.12 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 280X
88.23 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation)

Radeon R9 280
1,581.64 frames/s
Radeon R9 280X
2,337.15 frames/s
Radeon R7 370
1,375.93 frames/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition)

Radeon R9 280
98.72 frames/s
Radeon R9 280X
72.61 frames/s
Radeon R7 370
90.35 frames/s

GFXBench 3.0 (T-Rex)

Radeon R9 280
Radeon R7 370

GFXBench 3.0 (Manhattan)

Radeon R9 280
Radeon HD 7950

In The News From around the web

We expect to see official details of the R9 300-series of products of which there have been many leaks as well as the final details of the AMD Fury and Fury X products based on the new Fiji GPU.
The experience was smooth though of course there were no indications of frame rate, etc. while it was going on.

AMD R9 300-Series Possibly Coming Soon

by Scott Michaud |
The current rumors claim that Fiji XT will have 4096 graphics cores that are fed by a high-bandwidth, stacked memory architecture, which is supposedly rated at 640 GB/s (versus 224 GB/s of the GeForce GTX 980).
That said, they also have cache and other methods to reduce this dependency, but let's just say that, if you offer a graphics vendor a free, order-of-magnitude speed-up in memory bandwidth - you will have friend, and possibly one for life.
At the highest resolution, we see our R9 280 3GB CrossFire setup is able to offer a fantastic 56 FPS average.
Looking at the base clock of the card, the out of the box overclocks, and the bundle that PowerColor has put together, we'd say that this is a pretty strong offering.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Tahiti
Market Desktop
Clock speed 827 MHz
Turbo clock speed 933 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 26.5 GPixel/s
Texture rate 92.6 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,964 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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