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AMD Radeon R9 280

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How well can the Radeon R9 280 run games
28 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

Getting one of these Radeon R9 280 graphics cards allows the gamer to run indie system requirements and some less demanding AAA titles. In today’s PC hardware terms these are considered middle range for gaming performance. DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2019. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 280 runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. This graphics hardware can run 105 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon R9 280 is running Halo: Reach and delivering strong performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 90 frames per second. Comparing this to Red Dead Redemption 2 which is getting weak results, where it averages 13 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order, which is running at 0 frames per second.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon R9 280 at 1440p with Halo: Reach, which got a good set of FPS results. These were, Low: 180 FPS, Medium: 142 FPS, High: 96 FPS and Ultra: 68 FPS. We then checked out Red Dead Redemption 2 which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 25FPS, M: 20FPS, H: 13FPS, U: 10FPS. And another popular game was Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order that returned L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the Radeon R9 280, this is a suitable graphics card for this larger screen res. In some cases we might expect some graphics option tweaks down from Ultra to High to help improve FPS stability when gaming at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon R9 280 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 280 in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon R9 280 is failing to meet modern day gaming system requirements. A gpu AAA lifespan of around 6-12 months.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 280? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 135% better and can meet 897 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 280 would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB which meets 668 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 73% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
18 FPS
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The Radeon R9 280 is released on 04 Mar 2014

Radeon R9 280 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2
Process
28nm
TMUs
112
Texture Rate
104 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
30 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
1792
Driver Support
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Release Price
$279.00
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
1250 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
240GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
827 MHz
Boost Clock
933 MHz
Power
Max Power
200 Watts
PSU
500 Watt
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon R9 280 Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 280 is a high-end graphics card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next architecture.
It packs a Tahiti PRO2 Core and features 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 384-bit memory interface. While the central unit runs at 827MHz and goes up to 933MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
The Tahiti PRO2 is a revision of the Tahiti PRO seen on Radeon HD 7950 and that was first used on Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
Radeon R9 280 is slightly higher clocked than its predecessor but expect exactly the same performance and rated board TDP. Thus, the card is suited for 1080p gaming but will have trouble at higher resolutions with some modern demanding games and GeForce GTX 760 is still faster.


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Radeon R9 280 vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 0% 75%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5% 75%
Halo: Reach 75% 44%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 67% 141%
Borderlands 3 13% 85%
Cyberpunk 2077 8% 141%
FIFA 20 32% 7%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 93% 20%
eFootball PES 2020 15% 20%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 49% 102%
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2017
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$389.00
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2018
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$279.00
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32 GB

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big upgrade from an Radeon HD 6970.

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CPU (30% overclock)

2011
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$224.00
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8 GB

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gtx 760 is not faster, fix the info plz.

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2017
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$389.00
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2018
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$279.00
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32 GB

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Going to upgrade to this card. My 6970 is starting to show its age.

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2012
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$132.00
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2016
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$229.00
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12 GB

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in the description it says that GeForce GTX 760 is still faster, but if you compare the cards, the 280 is 2% faster. Why?

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2017
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$119.99
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is there a mistake ? it says it costs 279€ but I think it should be 179€ I can't imagine that this card costs nearly 300€

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2019
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$329.00
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2018
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$799.00
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16 GB

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in germany like 165 -185eur…price are not everywhere the same

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2017
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$119.99
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you think that this card cost 100$ more in America ?

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2019
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$329.00
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dont know but sure in america you can get cheap also depends where you buy in first place on ebay or similar you will pay obvious less

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2017
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$219.00
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2016
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$165.00
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I saw an MSI Radeon R9 270X that cost $239 in Australia and $329 in the US. So yeah, $90 more.

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2019
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$329.00
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hmm r9 270x cost 239 i think that was relise price when gpu was relised but now it cost like 150eur here in germany i got my 270x for 200eur its allready year and half old

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2011
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$195.00
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My card is just 27% worse than this :D

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2015
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$224.00
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I am thinking of buying this card for my current PC that has a AMD Athlon X4 760K, does anyone have the combo? Is the 280 still worth the $180?

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2018
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$329.00
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2016
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$699.00
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16 GB

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Will my cpu be a significant bottleneck? And my psu is only 400w but it says max power is 200w would my psu be enough? Its a soly tech sl-f400

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2017
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$303.00
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2015
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$249.99
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16 GB

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I woulg go with better PSU 500W branded just in case and about the tower I do not know

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2017
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2015
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$249.99
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If I buy this card will my CPU bottleneck it on stock speed or should I go with r9 270x

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2013
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2017
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$499.00
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16 GB

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Would i be able to play most games on ultra with this graphics card

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CPU (10% overclock)

2012
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$294.00
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GPU (15% overclock)

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2014
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$369.99
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16 GB

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2 more ram this card and u are good to go :) for high/ultra

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