AMD Radeon R9 280X

AMD Radeon R9 280X Benchmark and Specs

AMD Radeon R9 280X GPU benchmark and specs - 3 GB AMD Radeon R9 Series Graphics card rating. How good is the Radeon R9 280X for gaming?

Benchmark Score

19 %
Average score from 1 sample
High uncertainty
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1 benchmarks

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GPU Comparison

The AMD Radeon R9 280X compared against popular alternatives. Compare against more GPUs with our GPU Comparison Tool.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
43 %
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
30 %
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
22 %
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
22 %
AMD Radeon R9 280X
19 %
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
14 %
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
14 %

GPU benchmarks

Here are the performance results of this graphics card in both the hardwareDB Benchmark and other benchmark utilities. Synthetic tests are an estimation of real-world performance using consistent and repeatable benchmarks. All tests were performed at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Flux Core

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

78 FPS average
57 FPS 10% low
56 FPS 1% low


Randomly generated noise sphere test

60 FPS average
60 FPS 10% low
62 FPS 1% low


Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

67 FPS average
58 FPS 10% low
60 FPS 1% low


Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

34 FPS average
32 FPS 10% low
34 FPS 1% low

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Alternative benchmarks

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3DMark Graphics

3DMark Graphics

High-end graphics benchmark


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Core Clock 850 MHz
Boost Clock 1000 MHz
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size 3 GiB
Bus Width 384 bit
Memory Bandwidth 281.25 GB/s
TDP 250 W
Floating Point Performance 4.1 TFLOP/s
Family Radeon R9 Series
PCIe Revision 3
DirectX Support 12
OpenGL Support 4.5
Pixel Rate 32 Gigapixels/s
Texture Rate 128 Gigatexels/s
Shading Units 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128
Render Output Processors 32

AMD Radeon R9 280X

The Radeon R9 280X is an AMD GPU. This GPU is average at gaming with a score of 19% in our PC benchmark.

The Radeon R9 280X has 3 GiB of GDDR5 memory, with a total memory bandwidth of 281 GB/s. The memory bus has a width of 384 bits. If you plan on gaming at higher resolutions with higher quality textures, more memory is important. Without enough memory, performance will be degraded.

In terms of clock speed, the Radeon R9 280X GPU core runs at a frequency of 850 MHz and if power and temperature permits, it can boost up to 1000 MHz. The clock runs at a speed called the clock speed. It dictates the number of updates per second that the GPU can process. Overclocking a chip, which means increasing the clock speed will improve the performance. However, thermals and power efficiency may be diminished.

As for rendering API support, the Radeon R9 280X supports up to DirectX 12. In addition, in cross-platform titles, OpenGL 4.5 features are supported. Newer APIs are usually more efficient, allowing for better performance in games and better graphical effects.

This chip has a Thermal Design Power of 250W: the total amount of waste heat generated. A card that runs hotter will need better cooling and will draw more power from the wall.

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