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R9 280X: Asus DirectCU II vs Sapphire Toxic

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March 3, 2014 9:37:04 AM

Hi, I am planning on ordering the Toxic edition of the R9 280X, but I have seen a few reviews and specs on the Asus DirectCU II editon, and they both seem very good.

So, which card do you think that I will get better FPS in general using?

My Specs:
CPU: i7 3770 @ 3.4GHz
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-MX 2.0
PSU: Corsair CX750w M

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March 3, 2014 9:48:27 AM

I'd go with the toxic, they seem to be the favored and most desirable version of the new r9 series AMD cards. While Asus cards are extremely good I'd still go with the toxic.
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March 3, 2014 9:51:35 AM

if you choose to buy a toxic i suggest you let the store test it first because of the quite high incidence of artifacts straight out of the box. im on my 2nd rma for a 280x toxic cos it keeps artifacting, flickers, z-fighting, etc
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March 3, 2014 10:02:53 AM

jznightmare said:
if you choose to buy a toxic i suggest you let the store test it first because of the quite high incidence of artifacts straight out of the box. im on my 2nd rma for a 280x toxic cos it keeps artifacting, flickers, z-fighting, etc


Could this be to do with the drivers? Or is in definitely the graphics card itself?
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March 3, 2014 10:06:33 AM

its more of hardware issue.

take a look at this thread

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18583...

the current theory or rumor is that they are using 1.5v elpida/hynix chips. overvolted the damn thing to 1.6 then overclocked it to 6000.. 6400 for the toxic.

if you google around, you will find quite a number of disgruntled 280x owners. the problem isnt limited to sapphire. other brands are affected as well.

there seems to be a rather high fail rate for the 280x but i think its still below the threshold of acceptable product fail.

if you're not into mining i'd suggest that you get a 770 gtx instead. it'll save you from headaches.

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March 3, 2014 10:17:08 AM

jznightmare said:
its more of hardware issue.

take a look at this thread

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18583...

the current theory or rumor is that they are using 1.5v hynix chips. overvolted the damn thing to 1.6 then overclocked it to 6000.. 6400 for the toxic.

if you google around, you will find quite a number of disgruntled 280x owners. the problem isnt limited to sapphire. other brands are affected as well.

there seems to be a rather high fail rate for the 280x but i think its still below the threshold of acceptable product fail.

if you're not into mining i'd suggest that you get a 770 gtx instead. it'll save you from headaches.



No, I'm not into mining.
However, I was thinking about being future-proof because of the extra GB of memory on the R9 280X.
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March 3, 2014 10:31:27 AM

if you're still interested in getting a 280x i'd suggest the base versions of the the card. toxic is extremely overclocked.

majority of the problematic sapphire 280x cards are from the toxic version. i have read very very small numbers of complaints from the dual-x and vapor-x
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March 5, 2014 1:45:34 AM

jznightmare said:
if you're still interested in getting a 280x i'd suggest the base versions of the the card. toxic is extremely overclocked.

majority of the problematic sapphire 280x cards are from the toxic version. i have read very very small numbers of complaints from the dual-x and vapor-x


that is total BS i have a toxic version and many of my friends have it and we experience nothing of what you said and by the way the sapphire toxic 280x will rape any gtx 770
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March 7, 2014 9:43:14 AM

mostafa007 said:
jznightmare said:
if you're still interested in getting a 280x i'd suggest the base versions of the the card. toxic is extremely overclocked.

majority of the problematic sapphire 280x cards are from the toxic version. i have read very very small numbers of complaints from the dual-x and vapor-x


that is total BS i have a toxic version and many of my friends have it and we experience nothing of what you said and by the way the sapphire toxic 280x will rape any gtx 770


just because you got a good one doesnt mean there isnt any problems. go google the issue and see how many various forum threads including here in toms hardware that you encounter.
then comeback here and say that there isnt a problem.
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March 7, 2014 4:49:25 PM

so what even when i right gtx 770 low fps i get a lot of threads here in tom's that dose not mean that any gtx 770 will suck
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