AMD Radeon R9 280 with Core i7-4770K at ultra quality Benchmarks

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AMD Radeon R9 280
Release Year
R9 280
Maximum Temperature
66 C
Max Noise Level
52.8 dB
Minimum Power Supply
Benchmark CPU
Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Bottleneck FPS Loss
Benchmark Quality Settings
Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance
54.1 FPS
Average 1440p Performance
33.6 FPS
Average 4K Performance
15.4 FPS
3 GB
Overall (GPU + CPU + Settings) Score

Game Performance (FPS) at ultra quality settings


Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Fallout 76
34 FPS
2018 Forza Horizon 4
29 FPS
2018 Hitman 2
27 FPS
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
42 FPS
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
30 FPS
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
25 FPS
2016 Hitman
40.7 FPS
2016 Overwatch
65 FPS
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
36.8 FPS
2016 The Division
34.5 FPS
2015 DiRT Rally
65.2 FPS
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
35.6 FPS
2015 The Witcher 3
28.7 FPS
2014 Thief
56.4 FPS
2013 Battlefield 4
75 FPS
2013 Bioshock Infinite
87.3 FPS
2013 Company of Heroes 2
62.4 FPS
2013 Crysis 3
55 FPS
2013 GRID 2
159.9 FPS
2013 Metro: Last Light
59.1 FPS
2013 Total War: Rome 2
80.5 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
96.8 FPS


Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
25 FPS
2018 Hitman 2
17 FPS
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
27 FPS
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
23 FPS
2016 Overwatch
45 FPS
2014 Thief
31.8 FPS
2013 Battlefield 4
31.8 FPS
2013 Bioshock Infinite
41.5 FPS
2013 Company of Heroes 2
26.8 FPS
2013 Crysis 3
36.6 FPS
2013 GRID 2
58.9 FPS
2013 Metro: Last Light
39.6 FPS
2013 Total War: Rome 2
29.6 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
37.1 FPS


Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
16 FPS
2018 Hitman 2
10 FPS
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
15 FPS
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
13 FPS
2016 Overwatch
23 FPS

Questions and Answers

  • Question: Hi everyone!
    I'm struggling in choosing between the RX480 and GTX 1060 for a GPU upgrade. I've done my research, and so far I'm choosing the GTX 1060, but I want a second opinion.

    Current Specs:

    - ASUS M5A97 R2.0
    - FX 8320 OC'd at 3.8GHz
    - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO with two fans.
    - R9 280 Double D XFX
    - G.Skill Sniper Series (2x4Gb) DIMM DDR3
    - Enough Cooling (Under extreme loads [Far Cry 4 Very High, GTA V Very High, Battlefield One Open Beta Very High, Crysis 3 High, Metro Last Light Very High], system barely reaches 60C, 65C on summer)
    - PSU Cooler Master G650M, 80+ Bronze (I've had for almost 2 years, no problems so far)
    - 1080p LG Monitor, 23''

    In particular, the models that I'm considering for each card are (Looking on NewEgg):

    - For RX 480 -> Sapphire Nitro + 8Gb (
    - For GTX 1060 -> Gigabyte Gaming G1 (

    I live in Chile, but a relative from the US will be visiting on a couple months and can bring me one of these.


    I want to upgrade my GPU to reach ULTRA settings in the above games and Skyrim ENB. My budget barely covers one of these 2 GPUs, so no GTX 1080 nor 1070 for me. Anyway, I've seen a lot of pros and cons on both cards.

    Which one should I get? Is it true that RX 480 is more future proof? Game-Debate and GPUBoss rate GTX 1060 better than RX 480. Does that really mean anything?

    Any help is appreciated. I'm sorry if this is a very repetitive topic, but I can't find any that helps me under my specs.


    Answer: Ultimately, they perform very, very similar overall. Some games favor one card over another, and some - while there's 'wins' for a specific card, it's only a couple of FPS.

    Take a look here:

    You mentioned:
    Crysis 3: at 1080p, a win for the 1060 by ~10 FPS
    GTA V: at 1080p, the 1060 outperforms the 480 by 7-10FPS
    Skyrim: Still looking up benchmarks.

    Now some of those compare with an FX-8350 @ 4.6GHz whereas you have an 8320 @ 3.8GHz....but some compare at stock speeds of the 8350 too.

  • Question: I currently have a R9 280x which Ive had for 3-4 years now, its good enough to run games like witcher 3 and Watch dogs at a high/very high and get 30-40 FPS but I'd like to push for Ultra presets with playable framerate. Both GPU costs around 200 pounds or less so its idea for me but Im not sure which would be better, a single RX 480 8GB or getting a second R9 280X 3GB and running it in crossfire.

    I have 3 1080p monitors
    i5 4690k @ 4.4 GHz
    16GB FuryX Ram
    Maximus VII Hero Mobo
    120GB ssd
    1TB HDD
    800W PSU

    Answer: Get the RX 480.

  • Question: Is it possible to put an RX 480 and R9 280 in Crossfire? I didn't think you could, but figured I'd ask.

    Answer: No. They have different GPUs. CF requires the two cards have the same GPU.

  • Question: so i have a xfx r9 280 DD black edition 3gb and it seems to really be struggling with most games. is it worth it for me to upgrade to the rx 480 8gb at this time. if so what one is a good one to get. i have fallout 4 and skyrim SE and i cant play them on max. i can get 60 fps at the starting areas but when i move into town(fallout) or the wilderness(skyrim) it tanks down in the 20fps any help would be good. this will be my first upgrade
    my cpu is fx 8350 i know its not great il upgrade it eventually.

    Answer: Then you need a card. The GTX 1060 is another option; usually faster in all but Vulkan and DX 12 games. But even there close.

  • Question: So the story is i have my old friend 290x for a long time . She is hot , in both meaning. So i just wonder should i switch to at least RX 470 or just go for RX 480 ? No GTX 1060 , in my country those boy are too expensive

    Answer: Game debate shows the rx470 about 16% slower than the r9 290x and the rx480 about 9% faster than the r9 290x.

    See the November 2016 issue of Maximum Computing for testing of top 10 cards for price/performance. RX480 4GB wins hands down.

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R9 280 Specifications

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

Clock Speeds

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

Graphics Card

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

Graphics Features

DirectX12.0 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1

Graphics Processor

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


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

Render Config

Compute Units28
Shading Units1792

Theoretical Performance

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