Before starting the full review of R9 280X first we will talk about the composition of card. The Radeon R9 280X is a performance graphics card introduced by AMD, in October 2013. The R9 280X is built on the 28 nm processor. It is based on the Tahiti graphics processor, in its Tahiti XTL 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 AMD has placed 3,072 MB GDDR5 memory on the card, which is connected using a 384-bit memory interface. R9 280X is working at a frequency of 850 MHz. This frequency can be boosted up to 1000 MHz. The memory of R9 280X is working at 1500 MHz.

Tech Specs:

Graphics Card:
Release Date October 8th, 2013
Generation Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Production End-of-life
Launch Price 299 USD
Bus Interface PCIe 3.0 x16

Graphics Processor:
GPU Name Tahiti
GPU Variant Tahiti XTL
Architecture GCN 1.0
Foundry TSMC
Process Size 28 nm
Transistors 4,313 million
Die Size 352 mm²

Clock Speed:
GPU Clock 850 MHz
Boost Clock 1000 MHz
Memory Clock 1500 MHz
6000 MHz effective
Size 3 GB
Type GDDR5
Bus 384 bit
Bandwidth 288.0 GB/s

Render Config:
Shading Units 2048
TMUs 128
ROPs 32
Compute Units 32
L1 Cache 16 KB (per CU)
L2 Cache 786 KB

Theoretical Performance:
Pixel Rate 32.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate 128.0 GTexel/s
FP32 (float) performance 4.096 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance 1,024 GFLOPS (1:4)

Graphics Features:
DirectX 12.0
OpenGL 4.6
OpenCL 1.2
Vulkan 1.1.101
Shader Model 5.1

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


Considering this card’s current market price it performs admirably. You can in the benchmarks given below:

From all of the above benchmarks, it is absolutely clear that this GPU is no slouch. This card on average performs better than GTX 1050ti which is a much more expensive card but you have to consider this that R9 280X is not sold now, you will need to get it 2nd hand (used condition).
But still, this card is an excellent card and can run any game considering its 3-year-old now.

Power Consumption:

The Radeon R9 280X wasn’t the most power-efficient GPU released in late 2013 and remember it was based on year and a half old tech at the time. It was still a massive improvement compared to the GTX 580 and given that it now beats the GTX 680 in most tests, performance per watt is very good in contrast. Given the 8700K @ 5GHz and R9 280X combo consumed less than 300 watts when gaming, which shouldn’t exactly put your power supply to the test.

Our Review:

In my opinion, R9 280X is a better buy than most of the Nvidia Offerings nowadays. The only main 2 reasons are:
1- Price
2- Performance

This card performs way better than GTX 1050 which is the almost same price as this card and it also outperforms GTX 1050ti which is expensive than this card.

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