AMD Radeon RX 480
vs
AMD Radeon R9 280X

AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 280X
RX 480 R9 280X Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon R9 280X
Price $ 265 $ 350 85 (32%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 71C
Max Fan Noise dB 51dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W 600W 100 (20%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 64 FPS 54 FPS 9.3 (15%)
Average 1440p Performance 48 FPS 39 FPS 9 (19%)
Average 4K Performance 30 FPS 26 FPS 4 (13%)
Memory 8 GB 3 GB 5 (62%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 57/100 19 (25%)
Our Verdict: For the most part, the R9 280X is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, the is an option for upgrade. Upgrading from R9 280X to RX 480 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 480 .

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Just Cause 4
49
34
2018 Monster Hunter: World
53
37
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
68
47
2017 For Honor
90
63
2017 Project CARS 2
64
45
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
77
54
2016 Dishonored 2
47
33
2015 Rocket League
263
183
2015 Need For Speed
73
51
2015 Project CARS
70
49
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
180
126
2009 League of Legends
338
236

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Just Cause 4
36
25
2018 Monster Hunter: World
37
26
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
49
34
2017 For Honor
53
37
2017 Project CARS 2
45
31
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
70
49
2016 Dishonored 2
40
28
2015 Rocket League
113
79
2015 Need For Speed
56
39
2015 Project CARS
53
37
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
150
105
2009 League of Legends
188
131

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Just Cause 4
19
13
2018 Monster Hunter: World
18
12
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
34
24
2017 For Honor
26
18
2017 Project CARS 2
38
26
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
41
2016 Dishonored 2
32
22
2015 Rocket League
53
37
2015 Need For Speed
38
26
2015 Project CARS
38
26
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
135
94
2009 League of Legends
75
52

AMD Radeon RX 480 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, RX 480 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the RX 480 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. In terms of memory, the RX 480 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

AMD Radeon R9 280X / Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz

For the most part, the R9 280X is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. It is worth noting that the R9 280X is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. This combination between R9 280X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 280X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 3072 MB RAM, the R9 280X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 480 vs R9 280X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 R9 280X
Board NumberC940, D009-01C386
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP150 W250 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 R9 280X
Boost Clock1266 MHz1000 MHz
GPU Clock1120 MHz850 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1500 MHz 6000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 R9 280X
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price229 USD299 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Oct 8th, 2013

Graphics Features

RX 480 R9 280X
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (11_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.5
Shader Model65.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.77

Graphics Processor

RX 480 R9 280X
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 1.0
Die Size244 mm²352 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereTahiti
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)Tahiti XTL (215-0821065)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million4,313 million

Memory

RX 480 R9 280X
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s288.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit384 bit
Memory Size8192 MB3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 R9 280X
Compute Units3632
ROPs3232
Shading Units23042048
TMUs144128

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 R9 280X
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS4,096 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)1,024 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s32.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s128.0 GTexel/s

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