R9 280 with i7-4770K benchmarks at Ultra Quality settings

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.

 R9 280 with i7-4770K benchmarks at Ultra Quality settings
AMD Radeon R9 280
Price $ 350.0
Year 2014
Maximum Recorded Temperature 66C
Max Fan Noise 52.8dB
Recommended Power Supply 550W
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS + 0.0 FPS
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 40.7 FPS
Average 1440p Performance 29.8 FPS
Average 4K Performance 16.3 FPS
Memory 3 GB
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 6.9
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 9.4
4K Cost Per Frame $ 17.1
Series R9 280
Variant AMD Radeon R9 280
Overall Combination Score 55/100 Acceptable

The R9 290 might be the extreme flagship of the latest GCN 1.0 set of graphics cards, but their prices keep them out of the reach of most high-end PC gamers. On the other hand, the R9 280 is closer to being reasonably affordable at a price tag of $ 279. The good news is, with the release of the R9 280X, the R9 280 's price is getting more discount.

AMD ’s xx80 cards have always been defined by high-end prices with performance that knocks on the door of extreme graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the GCN 1.0 graphics card inside the R9 280, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

Forza Horizon 4 (2018)

Ultra Quality

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Graphics Card Price Frames Per Second
2016 AMD Radeon RX 470 $ 179
45.0 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 $ 649
41.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 380X $ 229
40.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 380 $ 199
38.0 FPS
2015 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 $ 199
38.0 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti $ 169
37.2 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 $ 499
37.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 $ 399
35.0 FPS
2014 AMD Radeon R9 285 $ 249
32.0 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 $ 249
31.5 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 $ 399
30.4 FPS
2014 AMD Radeon R9 280 $ 279
29.0 FPS
2017 AMD Radeon RX 560 $ 99
29.0 FPS
2015 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 $ 159
28.4 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R7 370 $ 149
25.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 $ 229
23.4 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 460 $ 140
23.0 FPS
2017 NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 $ 79
22.0 FPS
2017 AMD Radeon RX 550 $ 79
17.0 FPS

The R9 280 sits between the GTX 770 and the RX 560, falling slower than GTX 770 by 4.8% and faster than RX 560 by 0%. It has an average relative performance against every graphics card here. Against its rival - the GTX 960, the R9 280 is much slower.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2017)

Ultra Quality

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Graphics Card Price Frames Per Second
2014 AMD Radeon R9 285 $ 249
48.0 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 $ 649
43.0 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 470 $ 179
41.0 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 $ 249
39.6 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R7 370 $ 149
37.0 FPS
2015 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 $ 159
34.0 FPS
2011 AMD Radeon HD 7970 $ 549
32.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 380 $ 199
32.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 380X $ 229
32.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 $ 499
32.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 $ 399
31.0 FPS
2015 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 $ 199
31.0 FPS
2014 AMD Radeon R9 280 $ 279
30.0 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti $ 149
30.0 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti $ 169
27.6 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 $ 399
26.4 FPS
2017 AMD Radeon RX 560 $ 99
23.0 FPS
2012 AMD Radeon HD 7850 $ 249
21.0 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 460 $ 140
20.0 FPS
2017 NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 $ 79
17.7 FPS
2017 AMD Radeon RX 550 $ 79
16.1 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 $ 229
13.5 FPS

The R9 280 sits between the GTX 960 and the GTX 750 Ti, falling slower than GTX 960 by 3.3% and faster than GTX 750 Ti by 0%. It has an average relative performance against every graphics card here.

Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

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Resolution 1920x1080

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
32
36.0
2019 Anthem
20
23.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
30
34.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
41
46.3
2019 Metro Exodus
18
20.6
2019 World War Z
40
45.0
2019 Gears of War 5
27
30.0
2019 F1 2019
33
37.6
2019 GreedFall
30
33.9
2019 Borderlands 3
21
23.8
2018 Forza Horizon 4
26
29.0
2018 Fallout 76
30
34.0
2018 Hitman 2
24
27.0
2018 Just Cause 4
26
29.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
28
32.1
2018 Strange Brigade
43
48.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
27
30.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
26
29.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
37
41.2
2017 For Honor
49
55.0
2017 Project CARS 2
35
38.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
42
47.2
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
22
25.0
2016 Hitman
36
40.7
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
33
36.8
2016 The Division
31
34.5
2016 Overwatch
40
45.5
2016 Dishonored 2
25
28.4
2015 DiRT Rally
58
65.2
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32
35.6
2015 The Witcher 3
25
28.7
2015 Rocket League
144
160.3
2015 Need For Speed
39
44.4
2015 Project CARS
38
42.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
70
77.9
2014 Thief
41
46.6
2013 Bioshock Infinite
59
66.2
2013 Company of Heroes 2
36
40.1
2013 Crysis 3
33
37.3
2013 GRID 2
73
81.5
2013 Metro: Last Light
43
48.0
2013 Total War: Rome 2
41
45.9
2013 Battlefield 4
46
51.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
98
109.9
2009 League of Legends
185
206.1
2008 Crysis: Warhead
50
56.5

Resolution 2560x1440

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
21
26.8
2019 Anthem
14
18.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
21
26.4
2019 Resident Evil 2
24
31.1
2019 Metro Exodus
12
16.0
2019 World War Z
26
32.9
2019 Gears of War 5
17
21.8
2019 F1 2019
21
26.7
2019 GreedFall
19
24.5
2019 Borderlands 3
13
16.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
20
25.0
2018 Hitman 2
13
17.0
2018 Just Cause 4
17
22.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
17
22.4
2018 Strange Brigade
26
33.7
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
18
23.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
15
18.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
23
29.8
2017 For Honor
25
32.1
2017 Project CARS 2
22
27.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
34
42.6
2016 Overwatch
25
31.5
2016 Dishonored 2
19
24.3
2015 Rocket League
54
68.7
2015 Need For Speed
27
34.3
2015 Project CARS
26
32.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
40
50.4
2014 Thief
25
31.8
2013 Bioshock Infinite
33
41.5
2013 Company of Heroes 2
21
26.8
2013 Crysis 3
29
36.6
2013 GRID 2
47
58.9
2013 Metro: Last Light
31
39.6
2013 Total War: Rome 2
23
29.6
2013 Battlefield 4
25
31.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
73
91.6
2009 League of Legends
91
114.5
2008 Crysis: Warhead
29
37.1

Resolution 3840x2160

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
11
16.0
2019 Anthem
7
10.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
9
14.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
10
15.3
2019 Metro Exodus
7
10.1
2019 World War Z
13
18.9
2019 Gears of War 5
9
13.7
2019 F1 2019
11
16.9
2019 GreedFall
7
10.1
2019 Borderlands 3
6
8.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
11
16.0
2018 Hitman 2
7
10.0
2018 Just Cause 4
7
11.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
7
10.8
2018 Strange Brigade
12
18.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
9
13.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
7
10.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
14
20.6
2017 For Honor
11
16.0
2017 Project CARS 2
16
22.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
24
35.7
2016 Overwatch
11
16.1
2016 Dishonored 2
13
19.2
2015 Rocket League
22
32.1
2015 Need For Speed
16
22.9
2015 Project CARS
16
22.9
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
16
23.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
57
82.4
2009 League of Legends
32
45.8
R9 280 with i7-4770K at 1080p and Ultra Quality settings

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R9 280 Specifications

R9 280 Board Design

Board NumberC386
Length10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x HDMI2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP200 W

R9 280 Clock Speeds

Boost Clock933 MHz
GPU Clock827 MHz
Memory Clock1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

R9 280 Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationVolcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price279 USD
ProductionEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 4th, 2014

R9 280 Graphics Features

DirectX12.0 (11_1)
OpenCL1.2
OpenGL4.5
Shader Model5.1
Vulkan1.1.77

R9 280 Graphics Processor

ArchitectureGCN 1.0
Die Size352 mm²
GPU NameTahiti
GPU VariantTahiti PRO3 (215-0821330)
Process Size28 nm
Transistors4,313 million

R9 280 Memory

Bandwidth240.0 GB/s
Memory Bus384 bit
Memory Size3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5

R9 280 Render Config

Compute Units28
ROPs32
Shading Units1792
TMUs112

R9 280 Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance3,344 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance836.0 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate29.86 GPixel/s
Texture Rate104.5 GTexel/s

Critics Reviews

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The R9 280 isn’t quite a rebadge of the 7950B, but it’s going to be very, very close. The specs provided by AMD put the boost clock at just 8MHz higher than the 7950B, with an unknown base ...
The MSI Radeon R9 280X OC Edition is a faster, smarter, cheaper Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, and it's much faster than Nvidia's GeForce GTX 760.
The Radeon R9 280 was a performance graphics card by AMD, launched in March 2014. Built on the 28 nm process, and based on the Tahiti graphics processor, in its Tahiti PRO3 variant, the card supports DirectX 12.0.
The Radeon R9 280X was a performance graphics card by AMD, launched in October 2013. Built on the 28 nm process, and based on the Tahiti graphics processor, in its Tahiti XTL variant, the card supports DirectX 12.0.

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