Asus R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 Review

TechTrainIndia Rating:-  8.0/10

AVERAGE USER RATING:- 7.0/10

PRICE IN INDIA

23,210

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GPU

NameAMD Radeon R9 280X
Core Speed1070 MHz
CUDA cores / Stream processors2048
Fab Process40nm

Memory

TypeGDDR5
Amount3GB
Speed6400 MHz
Bus Width384
DirectX SupportDirectX 11.2

Video Outputs

DVIYes
DisplayPortYes
HDMIYes

Dimensions

Dimensions (W x D x H)11.2 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches

Review:-

AMD’s new R9 and R7 series of graphics cards are already creating quite a buzz in the Indian market, even though they are yet to hit retail shelves. Expected to arrive in the first week of November, this new wave of GPUs from AMD goes all out against Nvidia’s Kepler line up and is priced very aggressively compared to their previous generation cards. Today, we’ll be looking at the R9 280X from Asus. This is their Direct CUII TOP edition of the card which comes with a decent factory overclock for the core and memory. Let’s see how this stacks up against Nvidia’s GTX 760, which also falls in the same price bracket.

Design and Build
The Asus R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 is a good looking card and is well designed. It’s long, measuring around 11.2-inches in length so you’ll need a spacious mid-tower chassis to accommodate it comfortably. The card features the famed Direct CU II cooling system with Asus’s proprietary CoolTech fan. If you look at the fans a bit carefully, you’ll notice that they are different and that’s because they both serve a different purpose. The special CoolTech fan has a hybrid blade system for much better outward force. This should help keep the heatpipes relatively cool even during the most intense gaming sessions.
Handsome looking card
Removing the heatsink reveals the 12-phase power along with Asus’s proprietary DIGI+ VRM circuit design. This allows for stable performance even after overclocking and better longevity in general. Coming to the rear of the card, we have two DVI ports (DVI-I and DVI-D), HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2. There are some ventilation ports above for venting the hot air directly out of the chassis. The R9 280X requires a 6-pin and an 8-pin power connector to work. The TDP of the R9 280X is 250W so a good quality 500W PSU should suffice nicely.
Good set of connectors

Features
Despite the new naming convention, the R9 280X is essentially a rebranded HD 7970 GHz Edition. The new card still gets DX11.2, Mantle and OpenGL 4.3 support but some of the newer features like AMD’s TrueAudio is not supported. You can however CrossFire up to four of these cards together using the traditional bridge. The advantage if this is that you can now add this to your existing HD 7970 setup and end up paying significantly less as you would have for another HD 7970.

Asus R9280X-DC2T-3GD5
AMD Radeon R9 280X
AMD Radeon HD 7970
Nvidia GTX 760
Nvidia GTX 770
Shader Units
2048
2048
2048
1152
1536
Engine Clock
1070MHz
1000MHz
925MHz
980MHz
1046MHz
ROPs
32
32
32
32
32
Codename
Tahiti
Tahiti
Tahiti
GK104
GK104
Memory
3GB, GDDR5
3GB, GDDR5
3GB, GDDR5
2GB, GDDR5
2GB, GDDR5
Memory bus
384-bit
384-bit
384-bit
256-bit
256-bit
Memeory clock
6400MHz
6000MHz
6000MHz
6008MHz
7012
Price (Average)
Rs 23,210
Rs 20,000
Rs 32,000
Rs 23,000
Rs 33,000

The Asus R290X-DC2T-3GD5 is factory overclocked with a core clock of 1070MHz and a memory clock of 6400MHz. The card is based on the same Tahiti die so the shader units, memory bus, etc. remains exactly the same.

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