Radeon_R9_280X_DirectCU_II_TOP_3GB_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition run games
12 Jan 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB 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. All games with system requirements of DirectX 11 or lower are met by this card.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2020. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 249 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Running at 1080p this card gets a good frame rate from Fortnite: Chapter 2 with 74 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Microsoft Flight Simulator which is predicted to return a weak 2 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Red Dead Redemption 2 which we saw getting a playable 30 FPS.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition at 1440p with Fortnite: Chapter 2, which got a reasonable set of FPS results. These were, Low: 148 FPS, Medium: 117 FPS, High: 78 FPS and Ultra: 56 FPS. We then checked out Microsoft Flight Simulator which we predict would have a set of graphics results as followed, L: 3FPS, M: 2FPS, H: 2FPS, U: 1FPS. And another popular game was Red Dead Redemption 2 that returned L: 60FPS, M: 48FPS, H: 32FPS, U: 23FPS at 1440p. 1440p Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition PC gaming 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 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition in your PC? This Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition 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 DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which is 87% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 879 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition then a good choice would be RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB as this is better than 745 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 47% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
42 FPS
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The Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition is released on 09 Oct 2013

Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB 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
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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
1600 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
307.2GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
970 MHz
Boost Clock
1070 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
600 Watt
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "DirectCU II", 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 970MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1070MHz. Also, the memory clock is now of 1600MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card offers the same performance a GeForce GTX 770 does.


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Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition 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 20% 40%
Doom Eternal 32% 20%
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 92%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24% 40%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 48% 14%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 14% 92%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 74% 92%
Grand Theft Auto VI 30% 113%
Need For Speed Heat 22% 40%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 94% 95%
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Hi everyone , i need advice bout my rig . Got money to spend and need new cpu ( i think new cpu is needed ) ! so with this gpu what is best match for it ? thanks and sorry 4 bad english :D . ,

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Hello everyone , I bought this graphics card used , but now I have doubts that it is the direct Cu2 top . how can I find out ? Thank you

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download CPU-Z, and go to the graphics tab
if it says hd 7950 then its the r9 280x since its a remodeled hd 7950

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7970*

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7970, and my gpu is not the top edition. thanks

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what's means 10% oc in gpu?

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Will my CPU (it's overclocked at 4.0 GHz) bottleneck this GPU?

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And you own 7970? Because 280X is rebranded HD7970

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Yes i'm with 7970 now, so can my CPU (now it's at 4.3 GHz) handle this card

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7970=280X
And yes 6200 can handle that

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Tnx. for the fast reply

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Good for me?
PSU: 550W
CPU: FX-6300 4.10 GHz

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yeah, but psu must to be good one branded

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Corsair VS Series 550

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can my cpu handle without bottlenecking the gpu…?

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it will bottleneck especially in cpu tensive games max level gpu for you should be gtx 660ti/760/960 r9 270x hd 7950 considering dicent oc on cpu

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Oc. your CPU more and there will be no bottleneck.

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will my cpu bottle neck this gpu?


If it does what would you recommend to be a match?

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No it will not. :)

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Will this bottleneck my cpu

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I believe you mean to ask if your cpu will bottleneck the gpu. And yes, it would.

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Will this bottleneck my cpu?

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Can't bottleneck a CPU, only a GPU. :)


But no, you will be fine with a 280X.

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will my cx 600m psu work with this card?

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Most definetely

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Thanks! Already up and running :)

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