Radeon R9 280X 

Released October, 2013
  • 850 MHz
  • 3 GB GDDR5
8.5 Out of 10

AMD's Tahiti graphics processor was the first chip to use the GCN shader architecture.
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One memory chip remains uncooled, but its position is covered by the airflow the cooling assembly produces.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R9 280X

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

Radeon R9 280X
8.7
battlefield 3 (2013)

Benchmarks

Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Radeon R9 280X
8.3
3DMark 11 Graphics, 3DMark Vantage Graphics and 3DMark06

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

Radeon R9 280X
9.0
Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2013)

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load

Radeon R9 280X
5.4
TDP

8.5

GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

Radeon R9 280X
8.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 280X

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

Radeon R9 280X
10,792
Radeon R9 290
14,570

3DMark Vantage Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 10 GPU performance

Radeon R9 280X
36,241

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

Radeon R9 280X
106.5 fps
GeForce GTX 780
141 fps
Radeon R9 270X
84.3 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
GeForce GTX 780
95.3 fps
Radeon R9 270X
55.1 fps

Crysis 3 1920 x 1080 - Very High preset + 16xAF + 2xSMAA

Radeon R9 280X
38.5 fps
GeForce GTX 760
58.7 fps

Civilization 5 Texture Decomp (2013) Using the newest graphics cards Civ V can speed screen transitions by reducing texture sizes

Radeon R9 280X
339.1

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 280X


8.5
With a price of $400 online, the card is quite expensive, though.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

I would say the R9 280X offers excellent performance at 1080p, since you can still max out the details settings, including anti-aliasing.
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It is also nice to see a memory clock on the card—it provides a quick and easy performance advantage many other board partners overlook.
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So it looks like AMD's R9 280X is the best price/performance option in this segment right now, and that by quite a large margin.
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Applications

It supports software control and monitoring via I2C, but due to it being rather rare, OC software might not support it as well as other controllers.
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We are seeing amazing noise results that are whisper quiet in idle and only slightly more audible during gaming because of MSI's excellent TwinFrozr cooler and proper fan speed settings in the BIOS.
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We've seen MSI's GAMING cooler design a few times before, on cards using NVIDIA GPUs.
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Gaming

At first glance, the card looks very similar to the MSI R9 280X Gaming 3 GB, but only the cooler assembly is unchanged.
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While the card is very quiet in idle, we couldn't get the fans to spin up to the same levels under load as we did in-game.
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Clocks and voltages in non-gaming states are normal, so the BIOS settings are ok.
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Overclocking

Given the good memory chips used, it would have been nice to see an overclock on the memory too—our manual overclocking confirms that such would have easily been possible.
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With a 100 MHz GPU overclock that translates into a 5% real-life performance improvement over the reference design, it is slightly (2%) faster than NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 770.
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Using chips from SK Hynix or Samsung, they generally overclocked much better.
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Memory

No surprises here: GPU and memory clocks reach the levels typical for the Tahiti GPU with Hynix GDDR5 memory.
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With the primary heatsink removed, you can see two secondary heatplates that sit on the voltage regulation circuitry and cool most of the memory chips.
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GPU and memory clocks reach the levels typical for the Tahiti GPU with Hynix GDDR5 memory—no surprises there.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand AMD
GPU name Tahiti
Market Desktop
Clock speed 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon R9 280X 850 MHz 3 GB

raw performance

Shading units 2,048
Texture mapping units 128
Render output processors 32
Compute units 32
Pixel rate 27.2 GPixel/s
Floating-point performance 3,482 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,500 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz
Memory bus 384 bit
Memory 3,072 MB
Memory type GDDR5

noise and power

TDP 250W
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This thing is a killer for its price and add in Amazon and you know what I'm talking about ;) It's even at a discount deal on Amazon right now http://amzn.to/1xzyCIU
XFX version is not 850mhz.. Its clocked to almost 1080mhz.
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