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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 80% 91%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 65% 74%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 59% 69%
Watch Dogs Legion 74% 84%
Godfall 193% 210%
FIFA 21 9% 4%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 59% 69%
Grand Theft Auto VI 153% 168%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 158% 173%
Genshin Impact 80% 91%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition.

The R9 270X has a 167 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280, but the R9 280 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270X. As a result, the R9 280 exhibits a 16.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 270X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 270X has a 167 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 270X providing 5.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 280 was released less than a year after the R9 270X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The R9 280 has 1024 MB more video memory than the R9 270X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 280 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 280 has 48 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270X, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280 is noticeably better than the R9 270X.

The Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 280 is 1523 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1251. The R9 280 having 272 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 270X.

The Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition requires 200 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 280 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X. The R9 280 requires 20 Watts more than the R9 270X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R9 280 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R9 270X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed933 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock1000 MHzvs1150 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2GCN 1.1 Curacao XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date11 Mar 2014vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
9.8
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9.6
1920x1080
8
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7.7
2560x1440
5.9
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5.7
3840x2160
4.4
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4.1

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth240GB/secvs192GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1280
Actual Shader Performance73%vs60%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs80
Texture Rate104.5 GTexel/svs88 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.9 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power200 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Twin Frozr", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 827MHz to 933MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1000MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost over the standard edition and so this edition is more powerful than GeForce GTX 760.
Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Tri-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1100MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1150MHz. Also, the operating memory clock is now of 1500MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card will surpass a Radeon HD 7950.
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