Radeon_R9_280_MSI_Gaming_3GB_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition run games
28 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

Getting one of these Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition 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. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

Here is a performance review on how capable the Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition is at running the more popular games of 2019. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 135 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition can run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 1080p and saw it return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 38 FPS, Medium: 30 FPS, High: 20 FPS and Ultra: 15 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order returns a weak 0 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

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 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition ran Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 29 FPS, Medium: 23 FPS, High: 15 FPS and Ultra: 11 FPS. Another game tested was Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order, L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on eFootball PES 2020, which returned L: 85FPS, M: 67FPS, H: 45FPS, U: 32FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition is going to struggle to keep a solid FPS, but a modern game could have a few options tweaked to get it playable at this res but on low graphics settings.

How many years will the Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition 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 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which meets 898 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 129% better performance. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, which has 68% better performance and can run 671 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
20 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition was released on 11 Mar 2014

Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2
Process
28nm
TMUs
112
Texture Rate
112 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
32 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
1792
Driver Support
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Release Price
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
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
933 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
Power
Max Power
200 Watts
PSU
500 Watt
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 3GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Twin Frozr", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 827MHz to 933MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1000MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost over the standard edition and so this edition is more powerful than GeForce GTX 760.


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Radeon R9 280 MSI Gaming 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 3% 71%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 71%
Halo: Reach 76% 46%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 68% 134%
FIFA 20 34% 9%
Borderlands 3 10% 80%
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 134%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 63% 59%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 51% 96%
eFootball PES 2020 17% 16%
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would this be good with FX 6300+8GB Ram ???? would it work the latest games such as the witcher 3 for example ?

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Coupled with the the gpu you have it should bee fine.

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Will a 550 Watt PSU cover this GPU? Thanks

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Yes, it will.

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what how my gpu is 3% faster

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i have a MSI radeon R9 280 3Gb gaming addition GPU in crossfire with MSI radeon R9 280X 3GB GPU. im worried if i purchase a 2560 x 1440 UHD monitor that it wont be supported. also is it worth buying a monitor or TV at HD / UHD?
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It will be supported. And its worth the resolution if you want the screen estate or for gaming

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hey i have r9 280 msi gaming. is it good for 1280*1024 res??

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280? For 1024p its overkill

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