Radeon_R9_280X_Sapphire_Vapor-X_3GB_OC_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition run games
28 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition 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.

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition get on latest AAA 2019 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. The Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 316 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

The Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition graphics card is returning a playable performance on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 1080p of 30 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Red Dead Redemption 2 which we saw got playable frame rates of 30 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is predicted to get 1 FPS under tests.

We move on to 1440p, and tested Call of Duty: Modern Warfare which delivered weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 60 FPS, Medium: 48 FPS, High: 32 FPS and Ultra: 23 FPS. Next we have Red Dead Redemption 2 running on Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition which gets L: 60FPS, M: 48FPS, H: 32FPS, U: 23FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator is predicted to get L: 2FPS, M: 2FPS, H: 1FPS, U: 1FPS at 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition we get the impression that it is in need of some graphics adjustments to get some stability, which means its not an ideal gaming resolution for this GPU.

How many years will the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which is 88% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 898 games from the most demanding games today. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, which has 38% better performance and can run 671 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
42 FPS
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The Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition was released on 08 Oct 2013

Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
137 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
34 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2048
Driver Support
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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
1550 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
297.6GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
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0
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1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
950 MHz
Boost Clock
1070 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
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8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Vapor-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 850MHz to 950MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1070MHz. Also, the operating memory clock is now of 1550MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card should offer identical performance to a GeForce GTX 770.


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Radeon R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 20% 40%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24% 40%
Halo: Reach 80% 55%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 74% 93%
FIFA 20 46% 25%
Borderlands 3 9% 48%
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 93%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 70% 31%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 59% 62%
eFootball PES 2020 32% 4%
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Will the antec vp650w work for this card? I am gonna use fx 8320 (4.5ghz) with this and will I have enough wattage left for futureproofing?


Thanks in advance for reply.

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Sorry for not replying at short time.. But anyway, I'm using an XFX 650W and well… 3 HDD, 1 CD/DVD Reader, this hungry GPU, and my CPU OC'ed, almost 620W usage @ Full Load… I can't Overclock more my GPU because I'll run out of power for sure eheh

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I have an XFX TS 650W 80Plus Bronze… Does it handle well ? I've seen in many posts that it need at least 750W… But i think i have no problem with that… My GPU in almost every game is 99% load , but when comes to CPU itensive titles such as Total War Attila, AC Sindycate… I see bottleneck, but that's my CPU :S

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its right on there dont do some creazy OC you may ran out of power…. for an 290x would be more proper 750w paired with your cpu

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I don't think you would ever need anything more than 650 W for that rig.
See realtime power consumption.
You would be amazed :D

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Unless you OC

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How can I see realtime Power Consumption ?

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That needs some instrument :(
But search online for power consumption benchmarks :D

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Thanks :D !!! BTW, do you know any tool for measuring PSU Wattage idle/load ? I'm too lazy to research on Google :S

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Kill a Watt meter :D

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Thanks :D Appreciated

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Glad to Help :D

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Shader 90 memory 100 not bad eh? :D

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Hmmm its sad that my card dropped to rank 9 as time passed by :(

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3.5 years old card, still kick ass

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couldnt agree more :D

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Can my motherboard hanndle this? asrock a75fm2-dgs

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Of course it can :)

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Please add watt and amps beside psu for this card

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Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750w>? enough ampereS?

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Yeah its enough for this card.

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this will handle every game at 1080p? without AA ? :3

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YUP! :D

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thanks:P

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This can handle every game on 1080p even with AA enabled.
I have it and talking from first-hand experience.

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ty ;)

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Will a Tt LP 600W PSU be able to run it?

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Yes it can run the 280X.

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will my cx 600m psu work with this card?

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Yes sorry for late reply

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thanks, bro! :)

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