Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition vs Radeon R9 280X

Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
Memory: 3072Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 22 Jun 2012
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
Radeon R9 280X
Memory: 3072Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 8 Oct 2013
Radeon R9 280X

Summary

Synthetic performance index

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    100%
  • Radeon R9 280X
    101%

Relative performance

Gaming performance index

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    100%
  • Radeon R9 280X
    100%

Relative performance

Reasons to consider Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports Mantle.

Reasons to consider Radeon R9 280X

50 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition .
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports Mantle.

No clear winner declared

These graphics cards seems to have comparable performance based on the game benchmark suite used (14 combinations of games and resolutions).


Specifications

Core Configuration

Radeon HD 7970 GHz EditionRadeon R9 280X
GPU NameTahiti (Tahiti XT2)vsTahiti (Tahiti XTL)
Fab Process28 nmvs28 nm
Die Size352 mm²vs352 mm²
Transistors4,313 millionvs4,313 million
Shaders2048vs2048
Compute Units32vs32
Core clock1000 MHzvs850 MHz
ROPs32vs32
TMUs128vs128

Memory Configuration

Radeon HD 7970 GHz EditionRadeon R9 280X
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Bus Width384 bitvs384 bit
Memory Speed1500 MHz
6000 MHz effective
vs1500 MHz
6000 MHz effective
Memory Size3072 Mbvs3072 Mb

Additional details

Radeon HD 7970 GHz EditionRadeon R9 280X
TDP300 wattsvs250 watts
Release Date22 Jun 2012vs8 Oct 2013

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    32.00 GP/s
  • Radeon R9 280X
    27.20 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    128.00 GT/s
  • Radeon R9 280X
    109.00 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    288.00 GB/s
  • Radeon R9 280X
    288.00 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    4096.00 GFLOPs
  • Radeon R9 280X
    3482.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better

Synthetic benchmarks

3DMark 11

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    10830
  • Radeon R9 280X
    10960

Points (higher is better)

Game benchmarks

Battlefield 4

DX11, Ultra Quality,2x MSAA,16x AF, HBAO

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    71
  • Radeon R9 280X
    72

FPS (higher is better)

Bioshock Infinite

DX11, Ultra Quality,DDOD, FX AA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    68
  • Radeon R9 280X
    69

FPS (higher is better)

Crysis 3

DX11,Very High Quality, FXAA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    44
  • Radeon R9 280X
    42

FPS (higher is better)

Hitman Absolution

DX11, High Quality, 2x MSAA, 16x AF

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    71
  • Radeon R9 280X
    69

FPS (higher is better)

Medal Of Honor Warfighter

DX11, Ultra Quality, 4xMSAA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    65
  • Radeon R9 280X
    67

FPS (higher is better)

Metro Last Light

DX11, AAA standard, 16xAF, Motion Blur normal, Tesselation normal

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    47
  • Radeon R9 280X
    50

FPS (higher is better)

Battlefield Hardline

DX11, Ultra Quality, 4xMSAA,EP3 Gator Bait

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    40
  • Radeon R9 280X
    40

FPS (higher is better)

Grand Theft Auto V

DX11, Max Details, 16:1 AF, 2xMSAA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    64
  • Radeon R9 280X
    63

FPS (higher is better)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

DX11,Max Details, 16:1 HQ-AF, +AA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    32
  • Radeon R9 280X
    30

FPS (higher is better)

Battlefield Hardline

DX11, Ultra Quality, 4xMSAA,EP3 Gator Bait

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    33
  • Radeon R9 280X
    33

FPS (higher is better)

Bioshock Infinite

DX11, Ultra, DDOD, FXAA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    45
  • Radeon R9 280X
    48

FPS (higher is better)

Grand Theft Auto V

DX11, Max Details, 16:1 AF, 2xMSAA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    46
  • Radeon R9 280X
    47

FPS (higher is better)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

DX11,Max Details, 16:1 HQ-AF, +AA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    26
  • Radeon R9 280X
    25

FPS (higher is better)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

DX11,Max Details, 16:1 HQ-AF, +AA

  • Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    16
  • Radeon R9 280X
    16

FPS (higher is better)