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AMD Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition run games
12 Jan 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 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. Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition is capable of DirectX 11 gaming requirements.

Here is a performance review on how capable the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition is at running the more popular games of 2020. 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 249 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 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition can run Halo: Reach at 1080p and saw it return strong frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 296 FPS, Medium: 233 FPS, High: 157 FPS and Ultra: 112 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returns a playable 30 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 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition ran Halo: Reach to a strong performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 226 FPS, Medium: 178 FPS, High: 120 FPS and Ultra: 85 FPS. Another game tested was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, L: 60FPS, M: 48FPS, H: 32FPS, U: 23FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Cyberpunk 2077, wih estimates revealing L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. 1440p Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition PC gaming is a reasonable choice for most modern games at 1440p, but you may encounter some need to adjust graphics settings down from Ultra to High in some cases to improve gaming stability.

How many years will the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 88% better and can run 879 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 48% better and can run 745 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
42 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition is released on 20 Dec 2013

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

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GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
141 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
35 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2048
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
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
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1020 MHz
Boost Clock
1100 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
750 Watt
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 280X Sapphire TRI-X OC 3GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "TRI-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 1000MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1100MHz. The operating memory clock was left untouched.
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 TRI-X OC 3GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 20% 40%
Doom Eternal 32% 21%
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 93%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24% 40%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 48% 13%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 93%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 74% 93%
Grand Theft Auto VI 31% 115%
Need For Speed Heat 21% 40%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 94% 95%
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can my thermaltake 700 w toughpower handle this card?

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This website says 750w minimum. The card's box says 1000w minimum. I use a 850w and it runs fine as long as you don't do any bitcoin mining.

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I can run R9 280X TOXIC even more power hungry card that this, with i5 4460 perfectly fine with 700w 80 plus PSU and I never had any problems…

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