Graphics Card Review: R9 280x vs 7970
When it comes to graphics, everyone especially gamers wants the best. But price is also a factor. In this review, we’ll put everything in focus as we compare these two brands: AMD’s Radeon R9 280X and the Radeon HD 7970. Different Generations AMD has been in play for long. It has earned design wins with everyone from Sony (for the PlayStation 4), Microsoft (for the Xbox One) and even Nintendo (for the Wii U). The company hasn’t left PC gaming behind. You can see this with the launching of the R7 and R9 families of graphic processors. The R9 280X has been said to be an upgrade of the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. This is really not the case. Their engineers basically took the previous version, tweaked some specs, put some additional features and gave it a new label. From a general point of view, the R9 280X is simply a rebranding of the 7970 GHz Edition. It lies between the very original 7970 and the 7970 GHz edition. Let’s compare similarities to unravel this. What they Share First, the R9 280X and the 7970 are based on the same 28nm Tahiti GPU. They have equal streaming processors (at 2048), they have the same ROPs (32) and even their TMUs are the same, standing at 128. Just like the 7970 GHz Edition, the memory of the R9 280X will run at 6GHz when on a bus of 384 bits and with 3GB of GDDR5. Furthermore, they share he exactly same TDP, at 250W. But since they are sold separately, they must have some differences right? So what sets them apart? Price Difference What majorly separates these two products is the price tag. True, the cost varies depending on where you make your purchase. However, the R9 280X has a general base MSRP of $399. The 7970 GHz soars a whole $100 higher, going for $499. R9 280x vs 7970: Functionality Though they share the same PowerBoost functionality, the R9 280X operates at lower clock speeds. Let’s compare this while they are at their peak. The R9 280X will score 1000MHz against the 7970’s 1050Mhz. The reality on the ground is that the cards are rarely going to reach their highest clock speeds. Oddly, the R9 280X also has a lower base clock, set at 850MHz, compared to the 7970’s GOU clock of 925 MHz Perhaps the reason for this disparity is the search for an intricate balance between the voltages and yields in addition to the intended power consumption. What does all this mean? The R9 280X will easily outperform the original 7970. You can attribute this to the higher memory clocks and the fact that the boost is almost always active. When it comes to real world performance, the R9 280X has an edge over the original 7970. However it does perform slower than the 7970GE. Nevertheless, seeing that the 7970 is being slowly phased out, soon the R9 280X will soon be the fastest Tahiti card around. So when you really look at the two products, you’ll find that the R9 280X is simply more cost and performance efficient compared to the 7970.As you make your purchase, ensure that you get your product from legitimate vendors. This will ensure you get a return of your money’s worth.