[Answered] AMD Radeon R9 M280x: Can It Run Your Favorite Game?

The AMD Radeon R9 M280X is a DirectX 12 graphics card with a 28 nm manufacturing process that is based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. As of 2014, the card is positioned in the upper mid-range category, having been designed primarily for large laptops. It runs at 900 to 1000 MHz and is based on the Saturn chip (Bonaire codename for Desktop R7 260(X)) (Boost). The R9 M280X has 896 shader cores, 56 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128 Bit memory interface that can support up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (1375 MHz / 5500 MHz effective, 88 GB/s).

A Brief Review Of The AMD Radeon R9 M280x

  • The Radeon R9 M280X performs similarly to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M or GTX 950M. As a result, games from 2015 should run at medium to high settings in 1080p. Some more demanding games, such as Assassin’s Creed Unity, may only run smoothly in low settings.
  • The 640 shader cores are compatible with OpenCL 1.2 and can be used for general-purpose calculations (as 10 compute units).
  • Video decoding via UVD3 for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly from the AMD GPU are one of the R9 series’ features. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 Part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are also now supported.
  • Enduro, a feature of the Radeon R9, allows for automatic graphics switching between the integrated and discrete GPUs. The technology is similar to Nvidia’s Optimus and replaces AMD’s Dynamic Switchable Graphics. Other features include ZeroCore, which uses less power when the display is turned off.
  • The R9 M280X’s power consumption is not specified, but it should be around 70 to 80 Watt, making the GPU suitable only for larger laptops and DTRs.

Features Of The New AMD Radeon R9 M280x

Let us now take a look at some of the most important features in greater detail:

CodenameSaturn XT
Pipelines896 – unified
Core Speed900 – 1000 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed5500 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4 GB
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 12 (FL 12_0), Shader 5.0, OpenGL 4.4
Transistor Count2.1 Billion
technology28 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.02.2015 = 2792 days old

Now let us take a look at how well this graphic card fares for some of the most popular games:

Gaming Benchmarks

The following benchmarks are derived from our review laptop benchmarks. The performance is determined by the graphics memory used, the clock rate, the processor, the system settings, the drivers, and the operating system.

As a result, the results do not have to be representative of all laptops equipped with this GPU. Click on the fps number for more information on the benchmark results.

1. Doom Eternal

low 1280×720

0 (!)

[X] Asus N551ZU-CN007H
AMD FX-7600P 2.7GHz
Radeon R9 M280X

A problem occurred during benchmarking: the game will not start.

2. Fifa 20

low 1280×720 65.9  

Tested on low settings

3. Call Of Duty Black Ops 4

low  1280×720 23.5  fps   

Med 1920×1080 12.5  fps

Not playable

4. Far Cry 5

low  1280×720 32  fps

Med 1920×1080 12.5

This game is not playable.

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In conclusion, we can see that although the card can run older games just fine, it simply isn’t powerful enough to play high-end latest games like Far-cry 5, or doom eternal where the game wouldn’t even launch. So that was all from our side, the final judgment we leave to the reader. Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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