AMD Radeon RX 560
vs
AMD Radeon R9 280

AMD Radeon RX 560
AMD Radeon R9 280
RX 560 R9 280 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 560 AMD Radeon R9 280
Price $ 99.0 $ 350.0 251 (254%)
Year 2017 2014 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 62C 66C 4 (6%)
Max Fan Noise 41.7dB 52.8dB 11.1 (27%)
Recommended Power Supply 425W 550W 125 (29%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz ($354.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 32.3 FPS 40.4 FPS 8.1 (25%)
Average 1440p Performance 22.9 FPS 29.8 FPS 6.9 (30%)
Average 4K Performance 13.4 FPS 16.5 FPS 3.1 (23%)
Memory 4 GB 3 GB 1 (25%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.1 $ 6.9 3.8 (123%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.3 $ 9.4 5.1 (119%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.4 $ 16.9 9.5 (128%)
Overall Combination Score 66/100 55/100 11 (17%)
Our Verdict: The R9 280 is faster by 30% for 1440p gaming. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 560 .

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AMD Radeon RX 560
AMD Radeon R9 280
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
27.0
36.0
2019 Anthem
17.4
23.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
25.5
34.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
34.2
46.3
2019 Metro Exodus
15.3
20.6
2018 Forza Horizon 4
29.0
29.0
2018 Fallout 76
32.0
34.0
2018 Hitman 2
25.0
27.0
2018 Just Cause 4
22.0
29.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
23.7
32.1
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
23.0
30.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
31.2
29.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
30.5
41.2
2017 For Honor
40.7
55.0
2017 Project CARS 2
28.8
38.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
34.9
47.2
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
24.1
25.0
2016 Hitman
43.1
40.7
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
37.3
36.8
2016 The Division
31.6
34.5
2016 Overwatch
45.5
45.5
2016 Dishonored 2
21.0
28.4
2015 DiRT Rally
49.9
65.2
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
27.2
35.6
2015 The Witcher 3
27.7
28.7
2015 Rocket League
118.7
160.3
2015 Need For Speed
32.9
44.4
2015 Project CARS
31.5
42.6
2013 Crysis 3
31.4
37.3
2013 Battlefield 4
36.8
51.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
81.4
109.9
2009 League of Legends
152.6
206.1

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AMD Radeon RX 560
AMD Radeon R9 280
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
20.1
26.8
2019 Anthem
13.8
18.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
19.8
26.4
2019 Resident Evil 2
23.1
31.1
2019 Metro Exodus
11.9
16.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
25.0
25.0
2018 Hitman 2
16.0
17.0
2018 Just Cause 4
16.3
22.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
16.6
22.4
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
17.5
23.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
18.9
18.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
22.0
29.8
2017 For Honor
23.7
32.1
2017 Project CARS 2
20.3
27.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
31.5
42.6
2016 Overwatch
31.5
31.5
2016 Dishonored 2
18.0
24.3
2015 Rocket League
50.8
68.7
2015 Need For Speed
25.4
34.3
2015 Project CARS
24.1
32.5
2013 Crysis 3
19.1
36.6
2013 Battlefield 4
24.0
31.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
67.8
91.6
2009 League of Legends
84.8
114.5

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AMD Radeon RX 560
AMD Radeon R9 280
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
12.0
16.0
2019 Anthem
7.5
10.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
10.5
14.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
11.4
15.3
2019 Metro Exodus
7.5
10.1
2018 Forza Horizon 4
16.0
16.0
2018 Hitman 2
10.0
10.0
2018 Just Cause 4
8.5
11.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
8.0
10.8
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
10.0
13.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
10.5
10.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
15.3
20.6
2017 For Honor
11.9
16.0
2017 Project CARS 2
17.0
22.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
26.4
35.7
2016 Overwatch
16.1
16.1
2016 Dishonored 2
14.2
19.2
2015 Rocket League
23.7
32.1
2015 Need For Speed
17.0
22.9
2015 Project CARS
17.0
22.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
61.0
82.4
2009 League of Legends
33.9
45.8

AMD Radeon RX 560 / Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz

The RX 560 is more suitable for budget PC builds and less demanding games. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 560 against the competition in budget graphics cards. The RX 560 's power requirements are reasonable and it is very efficient compared to the competition. With regards to max load temperature, the RX 560 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. With current 4096 MB RAM, the RX 560 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon R9 280 / Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz

It is worth noting that the R9 280 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. This combination between R9 280 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 280 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 3072 MB RAM, the R9 280 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 560 vs R9 280 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 560 R9 280
Board NumberC994C386
Length6.7 inches 170 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI2x mini-DisplayPort
Power ConnectorsNone1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP75 W200 W

Clock Speeds

RX 560 R9 280
Boost Clock1275 MHz933 MHz
GPU Clock1175 MHz827 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz 7000 MHz effective1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 560 R9 280
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x8PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationPolaris (RX 500)Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price99 USD279 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateApr 18th, 2017Mar 4th, 2014

Graphics Features

RX 560 R9 280
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (11_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.5
Shader Model65.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.77

Graphics Processor

RX 560 R9 280
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 1.0
Die Size123 mm²352 mm²
GPU NamePolaris 21Tahiti
GPU VariantPolaris 21 XT (215-0908004)Tahiti PRO3 (215-0821330)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors3,000 million4,313 million

Memory

RX 560 R9 280
Bandwidth112.0 GB/s240.0 GB/s
Memory Bus128 bit384 bit
Memory Size4096 MB3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 560 R9 280
Compute Units1628
ROPs1632
Shading Units10241792
TMUs64112

Theoretical Performance

RX 560 R9 280
FP32 (float) performance2,611 GFLOPS3,344 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance163.2 GFLOPS (1:16)836.0 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate20.40 GPixel/s29.86 GPixel/s
Texture Rate81.60 GTexel/s104.5 GTexel/s

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