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AMD Radeon R9 280X

AMD Radeon R9 280X Image AMD Tahiti Image
The Radeon R9 280X is 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 11.2. The Tahiti graphics processor is a large chip with a die area of 352 mm² and 4,313 million transistors. It features 2048 shading units, 128 texture mapping units and 32 ROPs. AMD has placed 3,072 MB GDDR5 memory on the card, which are connected using a 384-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 850 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1000 MHz, memory is running at 1500 MHz.
We recommend the AMD Radeon R9 280X for gaming with highest details at resolutions up to, and including, 1920x1080.
Being a dual-slot card, the AMD Radeon R9 280X draws power from 1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin power connectors, with power draw rated at 250 W maximum. Display outputs include: 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort. Radeon R9 280X is connected to the rest of the system using a PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. The card measures 275 mm in length, and features a dual-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 299 US Dollars.

Graphics Processor

GPU Name: Tahiti
GPU Variant: Tahiti XTL
Process Size: 28 nm
Transistors: 4,313 million
Die Size: 352 mm²

Graphics Card

Released: Oct 8th, 2013
Production Status: Active
Launch Price: 299 USD
Bus Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock: 850 MHz
Boost Clock: 1000 MHz
Memory Clock: 1500 MHz
6000 MHz effective

Memory

Memory Size: 3072 MB
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Bus: 384 bit
Bandwidth: 288 GB/s

Render Config

Shading Units: 2048
TMUs: 128
ROPs: 32
Compute Units: 32
Pixel Rate: 27.2 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 109 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance: 3,482 GFLOPS

Board Design

Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 10.83 inches
275 mm
TDP: 250 W
Outputs: 2x DVI
1x HDMI
1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors: 1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin

Graphics Features

DirectX: 11.2
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.2
Shader Model: 5.0

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Reviews

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Card Notes

Rebranded HD 7970

Tahiti GPU Notes

Exact Transistor Count: 4,312,711,873

Instruction Set:
SOP1, SOP2, SOPC, SOPK, SOPP, SMRD, VOP1, VOP2, VOP3, VOPC, VINTRP, LDS, GDS, MUBUF, MTBUF, MIMG, EXP

Retail boards based on this design

Name GPU Clock Memory Clock Other Changes
ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II 850 MHz 1500 MHz 11.2 inches
ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 970 MHz 1600 MHz Boost Clock: 1070 MHz, 11.2 inches
ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP V2 970 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1070 MHz, 11.2 inches, Triple-slot, 2x DVI 4x DisplayPort
ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II V2 850 MHz 1500 MHz 11.2 inches, Triple-slot, 2x DVI 4x DisplayPort
ASUS ROG Matrix R9 280X 850 MHz 1500 MHz 11.2 inches, Triple-slot, 2x DVI 4x DisplayPort
ASUS ROG Matrix R9 280X Platinum 950 MHz 1600 MHz Boost Clock: 1100 MHz, 11.2 inches, Triple-slot, 2x DVI 4x DisplayPort
Club 3D R9 280X royalKing 1050 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1100 MHz, 10.43 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
Club 3D R9 280X royalQueen 925 MHz 1500 MHz 10.43 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
Digital Alliance R9 280X 850 MHz 1500 MHz
GIGABYTE R9 280X WindForce 3X OC 1000 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1100 MHz, 11.2 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
GIGABYTE R9 280X WindForce 3X OC Battlefield 4 1000 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1100 MHz, 11.22 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
GIGABYTE R9 280X WindForce 3X OC Rev. 2 1000 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1100 MHz, 11.22 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
HIS R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Boost Clock 850 MHz 1500 MHz 11.7 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
HIS R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo Boost Clock 1000 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1050 MHz, 11.7 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
MSI R9 280X Gaming 850 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1020 MHz, 10.6 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
MSI R9 280X Gaming Lite Edition 860 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1020 MHz, 10.6 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
MSI R9 280X Gaming OC 1000 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1050 MHz, 10.6 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
MSI R9 280X Gaming OC 6 GB 1000 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1050 MHz, 6144 MB, 10.6 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
MSI R9 280X Gaming OC Battlefield 4 1000 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1050 MHz, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
PowerColor R9 280X 850 MHz 1500 MHz 10.43 inches
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280X OC 880 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1030 MHz, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280X OC Battlefield 4 880 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1030 MHz, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280X OC 900 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1050 MHz, 11.02 inches
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280X OC 870 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1020 MHz, 10.32 inches
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280X OC Battlefield 4 870 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1020 MHz, 10.32 inches
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280X OC Battlefield 4 900 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1050 MHz, 11.02 inches
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280X Platinum Edition 870 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1020 MHz, 10.32 inches
Sapphire TOXIC R9 280X OC 1100 MHz 1600 MHz Boost Clock: 1150 MHz, 11.85 inches, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
Sapphire Tri-X R9 280X OC 1000 MHz 1600 MHz Boost Clock: 1100 MHz, 12.1 inches, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X OC 950 MHz 1550 MHz Boost Clock: 1070 MHz, 11.02 inches
Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X Tri-X OC 1000 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock: 1100 MHz, 12.13 inches
VisionTek R9 280X 850 MHz 1500 MHz
VTX3D R9 280X 850 MHz 1500 MHz 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
XFX Double D R9 280X 850 MHz 1500 MHz 11.61 inches, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
XFX Double D R9 280X Black Edition 1000 MHz 1550 MHz Boost Clock: 1080 MHz, 11.61 inches, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort