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AMD Radeon R9 280

AMD Radeon R9 280 Image AMD Tahiti Image
The Radeon R9 280 is 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 Tahiti graphics processor is a large chip with a die area of 352 mm² and 4,313 million transistors. Unlike the fully unlocked Radeon HD 7970, which uses the same GPU but has all 2048 shaders enabled, AMD has disabled some shading units on the Radeon R9 280 to reach the product's target shader count. It features 1792 shading units, 112 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 827 MHz, which can be boosted up to 933 MHz, memory is running at 1250 MHz.
We recommend the AMD Radeon R9 280 for gaming with highest details at resolutions up to, and including, 1920x1080.
Being a dual-slot card, the AMD Radeon R9 280 draws power from 1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin power connectors, with power draw rated at 200 W maximum. Display outputs include: 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort. Radeon R9 280 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 279 US Dollars.

Graphics Processor

GPU Name: Tahiti
GPU Variant: Tahiti PRO3
Architecture: GCN 1.0
Process Size: 28 nm
Transistors: 4,313 million
Die Size: 352 mm²

Graphics Card

Released: Mar 4th, 2014
Production Status: Active
Launch Price: 279 USD
Bus Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock: 827 MHz
Boost Clock: 933 MHz
Memory Clock: 1250 MHz
5000 MHz effective

Memory

Memory Size: 3072 MB
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Bus: 384 bit
Bandwidth: 240.0 GB/s

Render Config

Shading Units: 1792
TMUs: 112
ROPs: 32
Compute Units: 28
Pixel Rate: 29.86 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 104.5 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance: 3,344 GFLOPS

Board Design

Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 10.83 inches
275 mm
TDP: 200 W
Outputs: 2x DVI
1x HDMI
2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors: 1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Board Number: C386

Graphics Features

DirectX: 12.0
OpenGL: 4.5
OpenCL: 1.2
Shader Model: 5.0

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Card Notes

Rebranded HD 7950

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 280 DirectCU II 827 MHz 1250 MHz 11.2 inches, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
ASUS R9 280 DirectCU II TOP 874 MHz 1300 MHz Boost Clock: 980 MHz, 11.2 inches, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
ASUS STRIX R9 280 OC 874 MHz 1300 MHz Boost Clock: 980 MHz, 11.2 inches, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
Club 3D R9 280 royalKing 855 MHz 1250 MHz Boost Clock: 960 MHz, 10.55 inches
GIGABYTE R9 280 WindForce 3X OC 950 MHz 1250 MHz Boost Clock: 1072 MHz, 11.22 inches
HIS R9 280 IceQ OC 827 MHz 1250 MHz 11.06 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 847 MHz 1250 MHz Boost Clock: 953 MHz, 11.7 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
MSI R9 280 Gaming 933 MHz 1250 MHz Boost Clock: 1000 MHz, 10.6 inches
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280 OC 855 MHz 1250 MHz Boost Clock: 960 MHz, 10.5 inches, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 OC with Boost 850 MHz 1250 MHz Boost Clock: 940 MHz, 10.32 inches, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
VTX3D R9 280 X-Edition 855 MHz 1250 MHz Boost Clock: 960 MHz, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
XFX Double D R9 280 827 MHz 1250 MHz 11.61 inches
XFX Double D R9 280 Black Edition 933 MHz 1300 MHz Boost Clock: 1000 MHz, 11.61 inches