AMD Radeon R9 280X with Core i7-3770K at ultra quality Benchmarks

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AMD Radeon R9 280X
Release Year
R9 280X
Maximum Temperature
71 C
Max Noise Level
50.9 dB
Minimum Power Supply
Benchmark CPU
Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
CPU Bottleneck FPS Loss
Benchmark Quality Settings
Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance
80.1 FPS
Average 1440p Performance
43.5 FPS
Average 4K Performance
36.6 FPS
3 GB
Overall (GPU + CPU + Settings) Score

Game Performance (FPS) at ultra quality settings


Year Game Frames Per Second
2014 Thief
63.5 FPS
2013 Battlefield 4
83.8 FPS
2013 Bioshock Infinite
98.8 FPS
2013 Company of Heroes 2
67.7 FPS
2013 Crysis 3
61.2 FPS
2013 GRID 2
177.2 FPS
2013 Metro: Last Light
66 FPS
2013 Total War: Rome 2
93.3 FPS
2011 Battlefield 3
111.6 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
106.5 FPS


Year Game Frames Per Second
2014 Thief
36.1 FPS
2013 Battlefield 4
36 FPS
2013 Bioshock Infinite
47.2 FPS
2013 Company of Heroes 2
30 FPS
2013 Crysis 3
41.5 FPS
2013 GRID 2
66.9 FPS
2013 Metro: Last Light
44 FPS
2013 Total War: Rome 2
33.8 FPS
2011 Battlefield 3
49.2 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
41.7 FPS


Year Game Frames Per Second
2013 GRID 2
38.7 FPS
2013 Total War: Rome 2
30.9 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
37.9 FPS

Questions and Answers

  • Question: I've been using my R9 280x for quite some time now, and it has served me better than I anticipated. However, within the last few months I have noticed it's performance starting to fall when playing newer games. I have wanted to make the switch and upgrade to NVidia for awhile, and wanted to get an idea on what kind of "gains" I would make from purchasing a GTX 1060. Thanks!

    Answer: If you have in mind upgrading to 1080p, then 1060 6GB then.

  • Question: I have a gaming pc with i5 4670k and sapphire dualx r9 280x OC Edition. I wanna make my pc vr ready, play upcoming games like Watch dogs 2, Mafia III etc on 1080p ultra settings.. does upgrading to gtx 1060 solve everything, or should i sell the pc n buy a new one?

    Answer: The CPU is more than capable. Like Quixit has mentioned, do not get the bare minimum to run VR. A beefier GPU like the 1070 would be the better bet. Of course, if budgetary concerns were minimal, you could always go for a better card

  • Question: Hi all,

    Graphics: R9-280x
    CPU: i5 4690k
    Monitor: BenQ XL2730 27-inch 144 Hz (don't think it has freesync?)
    RAM: 16GB
    Budget: £250~

    I run my desktop at 1440p 144hz but I game in 1080p or lower resolutions.
    I am not a hardcore gamer, very casual actually - mostly playing playerunknown battlegrounds (the main reason I want to upgrade my card).

    Apart from that I do a lot of multimedia stuff, programming, web browsing, etc and run a dual monitor setup with a benq 24".

    I don't plan to play many games in 1440p so I was thinking that a 1060 or 580 would suffice.

    Can anyone recommend a good choice of card?

    The MSI RX 580 8GB GAMING X is around £270 on amazon.
    The MSI 1060 GAMING X is around £300.
    But I don't want to really spend more than £200-250.

    Are any other cards viable? I would love a 1070 but it's just slightly out of my price bracket at £350-400.

    Would love to hear any suggestions, thanks!

    Answer: RX580 ONLY 270 QID ON AMAZON.... Wow... guess there aren't any coin miners in England... they are unavailable on new market and over 500$ in the used market in the usa.

    if your only playing in 1080p yes the 1060 makes sense, thought if you indeed can get a RX 580 at that price, I would grab it but the RX 480 would be just as good.

Compare against Competitors

R9 280X Specifications

Board Design

Board NumberC386
Length10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP250 W

Clock Speeds

Boost Clock1000 MHz
GPU Clock850 MHz
Memory Clock1500 MHz 6000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationVolcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price299 USD
Release DateOct 8th, 2013

Graphics Features

DirectX12.0 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1

Graphics Processor

ArchitectureGCN 1.0
Die Size352 mm²
GPU NameTahiti
GPU VariantTahiti XTL (215-0821065)
Process Size28 nm
Transistors4,313 million


Bandwidth288.0 GB/s
Memory Bus384 bit
Memory Size3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5

Render Config

Compute Units32
Shading Units2048

Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance4,096 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance1,024 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate32.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate128.0 GTexel/s