AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire

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How well can the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire run games
AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

How well will the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire run 2022 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. The Radeon R9 280X Crossfire can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 446 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Running at 1080p this card gets a playable frame rate from Forza Horizon 5 with 44 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Star Citizen which is predicted to return a reasonable 55 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Back 4 Blood which we saw getting a playable 44 FPS.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Forza Horizon 5 where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 88 FPS, Medium: 69 FPS, High: 46 FPS and Ultra: 33 FPS. We added Star Citizen to our research and predict it will be playable with a 42 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested Back 4 Blood which got 33 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p gaming on the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is a reasonable choice for most modern games at 1440p, but you may encounter some need to adjust graphics settings down from Ultra to High in some cases to improve gaming stability.

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? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon R9 280X Crossfire was released on 01 Oct 2013
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
GCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)
Texture Rate
256 GTexel/s
32 (x2)
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 11.2
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
6144MB (x2)
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
384bit (x2)
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
768KB (x2)
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
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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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