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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 280 Club3D royalKing 3GB Edition Radeon HD 8950 (OEM)
Red Dead Redemption 2 69% 75%
Cyberpunk 2077 132% 141%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 4% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 132% 141%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 69% 75%
Doom Eternal 45% 51%
FIFA 20 10% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 158% 168%
Need For Speed Heat 69% 75%
Halo: Reach 46% 44%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280 Club3D royalKing 3GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 8950 (OEM).

The R9 280 has a 5 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 8950. This results in the R9 280 providing 0.59999999999999 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 280 has a 5 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 8950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 280 providing 0.2 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 over a year more recently than the HD 8950, and so the R9 280 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 8950.

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 Radeon R9 280 Club3D royalKing 3GB Edition and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the Radeon R9 280 Club3D royalKing 3GB Edition and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) are the same, which means the R9 280 and the HD 8950 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the Radeon R9 280 Club3D royalKing 3GB Edition and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) have 1792 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the HD 8950 is 1658 and by the R9 280 is 1658. Knowing that the shader performance of the HD 8950 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon R9 280 Club3D royalKing 3GB Edition requires 200 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) requires 200 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the R9 280 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 8950. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed855 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock960 MHzvs925 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2GCN 1.1 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date04 Mar 2014vs08 Jan 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth240GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1792
Actual Shader Performance70%vs80%
Texture Mapping Units112vs112
Texture Rate95.8 GTexel/svs95.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate27.4 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power200 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 280 Club3D royalKing 3GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 280, created by Club3D.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 855MHz, instead of 827MHz and goes up to 960MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
Club3D royalKing features high performance heatpipes that keeps the components cool and outperforms standard cooling solutions. Paired with a unique fan blade design it increases airflow while reducing noise. The result is a dramatic increase of performance for your gaming and multimedia experience.

Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance over the reference Radeon R9 280.
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is an OEM Only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti PRO2 which has 28 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 850MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 200W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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