ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review

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ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review

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ASUS were the last company still holding on to the 'fantasy' art that used to be everywhere in the 90s, and we're extremely pleased to see it's finally disappeared. The box for the R9 280X is extremely nice thanks to this redesign. Everything is clearly laid out. Welcome to the 21st century.

ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review     ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review  

The DirectCU II cooler has proven itself over many variants and is one of our favourite add-on coolers. We understand that you can't redesign things every time a new product comes out, but it's strange to see it hanging a few millimetres off the back and and being a few mm short of flush at the output end of the PCB. Every time we look at it you're aware it wasn't designed for this card. 

ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review     ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review  

An all new PCB supports the Tahiti GPU core of the R9 280X and has some spaces that could hint at what we can expect from the 290X. Otherwise with the 8+6pin PCIe power and two Crossfire fingers, it is business as usual.

ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review     ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review  

The fin density of the DirectCU II cooler is impressive and should help keep the R9 280X cool. Outputs are handled by the regular Radeon selection of DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI connectors.

ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review     ASUS Radeon R9 280X Review  

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Most Recent Comments

08-10-2013, 04:16:57

For someone needing to update this card will kick some serious ass can't wait to see the review of the R9-290XQuote

08-10-2013, 05:41:51

How do we CFX it when the cooler blocks them? Well i guess you can use the bendy ones.Quote

08-10-2013, 08:48:47

It would be nice when the 290X comes out if you could weave in there somehow, how fantastic these cards are at folding.Quote

08-10-2013, 09:26:28

As someone thats just updated there rig, i like the asus new card over there old version, this card is 2 slot and not 3 slot, and on a side note, sapphire R8 280X cards, now have uefi support, sweeet Quote

08-10-2013, 09:44:54

Is it just me or were there a few benchmarks where thee 7970 out performed the 280 x. I found that really unusual/confusing

As for the now confirmed pricing I can see how that bumped it up to gold award because you can essential crossfire 280x for just over the price of a single 7970 when they were releasedQuote

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