Radeon_R9_280X
AMD Radeon R9 280X

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How well can the Radeon R9 280X run games
31 Oct 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon R9 280X GPU could struggle if it was to try and run the most demanding games available today, but it meets a lot of game system requirements found in today’s games. DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 280X graphics card, when running 2019 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. This graphics hardware can run 323 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Borderlands 3 getting 17 FPS with the Radeon R9 280X, Need For Speed Heat getting 27 FPS and Microsoft Flight Simulator predicted to get 0 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the Radeon R9 280X ran Borderlands 3 to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 33 FPS, Medium: 26 FPS, High: 18 FPS and Ultra: 13 FPS. Another game tested was Need For Speed Heat, L: 53FPS, M: 42FPS, H: 28FPS, U: 20FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Microsoft Flight Simulator, wih estimates revealing L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the Radeon R9 280X, this is not going to be able to maintain a playable game at this resolution.

How many years will the Radeon R9 280X graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 280X in your PC? This Radeon R9 280X card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 280X? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which is 93% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 901 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 44% better and can meet 694 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
37 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 280X is released on 08 Oct 2013

Radeon R9 280X Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
128 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
32 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2048
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Release Price
$299.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
3072 MB
Memory Speed
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
288GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
850 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon R9 280X Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 280X is a high-end Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Graphics Core Next architecture. Read below to know more.


Architecture
The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.


GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Tahiti XTL Core, which is an energy optimized version of the Tahiti XT2 Core previously used on Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 384-bit memory interface. While the central unit runs at 850MHz and goes up to 1000MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1500MHz.


Features
DirectX 11.2 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, Mantle, PowerTune, TrueAudio, Eyefinity, ZeroCore, HD3D, App Acceleration and other technologies.


Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan. The Card is known to run relatively cool.


Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one 6-pin and one 8-pin available connectors.


Release Price
The release price of $290 is much lower than of its predecessor - Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition which was launched for $499.


Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 1080p (1920x1080) Radeon R9 280X is actually 3% slower than its predecessor and so GeForce GTX 770 is still slightly faster.


System Suggestions
We recommend a decent Quad Core Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R9 280X


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Radeon R9 280X vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 16% 47%
Death Stranding 10% 101%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 21% 47%
Need For Speed Heat 18% 47%
Cyberpunk 2077 10% 101%
Planet Zoo 22% 58%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 73% 101%
Diablo 4 0% 101%
Borderlands 3 5% 55%
FIFA 20 43% 22%
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So i have a FX-8350, 500 W corsair psu, 16 gbs of ddr3, and this card. im looking for better performance in the newest games so what should i upgrade? im thinking my gpu, but what would be a step up from the 280x?

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Hi guys, I'm planning to upgrade my PC since it's getting old for gaming. I'd like to go with Asrock H61M-DGS mobo, core i5 3470 cpu and this gpu. Also my 450w cooler master psu isn't enough I guess so I'll upgrade that too. What do you think? Will it run new games? What should I change if not? Thank you in advance :)

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Yeah you will be able to run new games. :)
Happy gaming

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What PSU should use
CPU:FX6300
GPU:R9.280X
RAM:VENGEANCE 8GB KIT
MOBO:gigabyte 970A-ds3p
HDD:1TB BLUE DRIVE

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Any 550w psu with an 80+ rating would do.

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but a 750w 80+ rating psu is still recommended, remember the PSU is the heart of your system. Don't hesitate to buy a better PSU than a minimum required PSU. In a long run you'll never now what will happen. Just my 2 cents here

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I'm getting a cpu upgrade, either an athlon x4 760k or a10 6800k, which would be best for this card and what other cards could I use with the cpus?

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go with the x4 860K if or FX 6300 if you are on tight budget…the 760k is old.

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What's the best upgrade for my graphics?

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Gtx 670 seconhanded.It requires only a 550w vs this 750w and it still beats the r9280x in most games although the 280x is newer.

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So, I've been wondering if my 600W PSU can handle this GPU or any of its variants, I've read that the 750W are not mandatory but recommended or so to speak.

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With that CPU it is enough :)

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Will a 450W Power Supply be enough for this card?
I have a CS450M from Corsair.
Reviews of the card showed that the whole system used 360 watt at max.

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It will
How much amps it have on 12V rail?

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+12V has 35.5A and -12V has 0.8A

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Thats ok, not great if you want OC, but it will work

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WIll Phenom II x4 955 bottleneck this?

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No it won't its a good quad core processor

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if you already have the gtx 760, it's not worth it to upgrade to the r9 280x.

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I know, but it was a question from my brother who wants to upgrade Radeon HD 6750 to R9 280X, he has the II x4 955

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oh, then he is perfectly fine wit a r9 280x and II x4 955.

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will this bottleneck an i3-4150?

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No if anything the i3 will bottleneck the gpu in cpu intensive games that use more then 2 cores…

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ok thanks, never heard of the term bottlenecking in terms of pc until recently didnt want to waste money and have performance issues and stuff

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i3-4150 might bottleneck this card is some games.

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Would I be able to upgrade to this without any problems? (I'm a tech noob)

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I don't think it is worth it you might want to wait a few more months for the 300 series.

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