AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire

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How well can the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire run games
28 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire get on latest AAA 2020 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. This graphics hardware can run 468 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire shows us that FIFA 21 is getting a strong result of 151 FPS, and then we are seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War predicted to return a reasonable 47 FPS while another game on our list is the Mafia: Definitive Edition which is getting 22 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire by researching Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War leading us to predict a playable performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 94FPS, M: 74FPS, H: 50FPS, U: 35FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Mafia: Definitive Edition and that was weak. This graphics card delivered 17 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was FIFA 21 which gets strong results with a 115FPS on Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is more than capable at running this screen resolution. 1440p Ultra across almost all modern games is going to be fairly standard with this GPU. We would consider moving this hardware up to 4K screen resolutions for PC gaming today.

How many years will the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire in your PC? This Radeon R9 280X Crossfire card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 821 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 31% better performance. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB as this is better than 924 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 40% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is released on 01 Oct 2013

Radeon R9 280X Crossfire Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
GCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2) (x2)
Texture Rate
256 GTexel/s
32 (x2)
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
Release Price
Direct X
DX 11.2
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
6144 MB
Memory Speed
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
850 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
Max Power
550 Watts
1000 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon R9 280X Crossfire Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 280X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 280X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 60% better than a single Radeon R9 280X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 280X. Expect this combination to draw up to 550 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.

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Radeon R9 280X Crossfire vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 4%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 39% 4%
Watch Dogs Legion 9% 1%
Genshin Impact 71% 5%
FIFA 21 62% 47%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 46% 7%
eFootball PES 2021 52% 47%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 7%
Marvel's Avengers 52% 1%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 55% 50%
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