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Seven Radeon R9 280X Graphics Cards, Rounded-Up

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November 3, 2013 9:00:05 PM

Perhaps fortunately, AMD's reference Radeon R9 280X is a bit of a phantom outside our own labs. If you're shopping for one of these Tahiti-based boards, you're looking at third-party solutions. We round up seven models and show what makes them different.

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November 3, 2013 9:12:25 PM

The 280X Vapor-X looks spot on like my HD7970 Vapor-X. Probably is the same GPU with the BIOS for the 280X loaded.

But it looks like the Toxic is a pretty nice GPU. It runs very cool for the clock speed, has the highest clock speeds and the noise is not that bad.

Now we need benchmarks of these and HD7970s to see their value.
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a c 1415 U Graphics card
a c 360 À AMD
a c 307 Ĉ ASUS
November 3, 2013 9:29:21 PM

So guess I am waiting for the second part of the review.
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a b À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 3, 2013 10:06:59 PM

What does "Modified" "Throttling" and "New BIOS" mean in terms of how the data is to be interpreted?
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November 3, 2013 10:14:32 PM

I refunded MSI r9 280x and got Asus card due to heavy coil whine. I wonder new MSI bios fixed the issue?(by the look of it, it seems MSI traded coil whine with fan noise) btw how did the reviewer set up mic in the noise comparison video? cuz my card sounds a lot louder than that.
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a b U Graphics card
November 3, 2013 10:23:58 PM

No overclock results?
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a b Ĉ ASUS
November 3, 2013 10:28:15 PM

envy14tpe said:
What does "Modified" "Throttling" and "New BIOS" mean in terms of how the data is to be interpreted?


Modified means its beyond the original spec. Throttling means that it was overheating and lowering the clock speed in order to cool down. New BIOS means just that, that they received a new BIOS to fix any previous issues.

Sid Jeong said:
I refunded MSI r9 280x and got Asus card due to heavy coil whine. I wonder new MSI bios fixed the issue?(by the look of it, it seems MSI traded coil whine with fan noise) btw how did the reviewer set up mic in the noise comparison video? cuz my card sounds a lot louder than that.


They do a mic but it depends on your config. I think these are all open setups and not in a case.

Also, I have never been a fan of MSIs setups. I prefer Sapphire or Asus for GPUs from AMD as they have better cooling solutions and tend to last longer
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a b U Graphics card
November 3, 2013 11:04:27 PM

That VaporX and Toxic cards just look great. Hate Gigabyte's Windforce 3X for its looks. Same for the RoyalKing from Club3D. Also boo to Gigabyte , MSI and ASUS for giving no backplate. But then again , if you keep the card good , put it nicely , you wont need one unless your gonna paint it , right ?

Waiting eagerly for a Watercooled card , although I know it wont come for the 280X as basically all of these cooling solutions especially the ICEQX2 , DCII , WF 3X , Toxic and Vapor-X just keep the card cool , till the OC limit lets em go. One for the 290X maybe..............
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November 3, 2013 11:04:28 PM

Good idea providing the videos.
Some of those cards are a good deal louder or higher pitch than the others.

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November 3, 2013 11:18:52 PM

Could you also add the audio frequency of the fan (or mayhaps curve)?
I don't know if its too hard but anyways, would seem that lower frequency would be better.
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November 4, 2013 12:14:33 AM

In my case, in these round-ups, all I ever care to see are the Temp and Acoustic/Noise numbers, since the base 'on-screen' number-crunching performance is usually within a couple of FPS. ASUS has been a consistent performer, though I would love to see others catch-up.
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November 4, 2013 1:26:56 AM

Would be nice to have a page with power usage for the cards
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November 4, 2013 1:27:37 AM

Double post
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November 4, 2013 3:49:49 AM

+1 for the audio curve, it would be extremely helpfull, not to mention highly professional.

Some of those cards seem noisier than the results, most likely because the frequency of the sound it produces is not being accurately shown by the db(A) scale.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
a c 137 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 4, 2013 4:09:28 AM

While I love the new idea of adding to this article as new version are tested. AWESOME...
The fact that your conclusions of the existing cards tested are ?missing?, that is annoying.

Anyway. LOL to MSI, bad VRMs are showing their colour. Bloody payback time.
Amazing how quiet that Asus is.
Amazing how HEAVY the Toxic is...
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November 4, 2013 4:34:34 AM

gigabyte an msi really disappointing cards. i always sticked with sapphire, might give asus a try.

I really like the new style of comparison with charts and screens. the video noise rocks. good job, keep it up.
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November 4, 2013 4:49:38 AM

As an owner of a r9 280x vapor-x I must say it is pretty loud under load, but can't complain about anything else. Also I don't know how useful this metal plate on the back of the card really is, but it gives a very sturdy feeling while handling the card during installation and looks much better then a "bare" card.
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November 4, 2013 5:17:11 AM

Very nice go-to reference. Thanks!
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November 4, 2013 7:04:39 AM

Club3D card has slightly different dimensions from the ones provided on their website. Unless there is a difference between Club3D R9 280X royalKing OC and non-OC? Can you guys confirm which length is correct? These few millimeters make a difference in my case :p 
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November 4, 2013 7:17:01 AM

after owning a few sapphires, XFX, ASUS Gigabyte and MSI hardware, i'll stick with ASUS. Never had any problem with them and their hardware quality is just unmatched, sapphire gets close.
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November 4, 2013 7:19:48 AM

280x review is nothing more than yet another 7970 Ghz review. Huge waste of time for Tomshardware to do.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
a c 137 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 4, 2013 7:24:37 AM

gsxrme said:
280x review is nothing more than yet another 7970 Ghz review. Huge waste of time for Tomshardware to do.


But it must be done. And there are actually some minor changes that are relevant.
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November 4, 2013 7:34:48 AM

I suppose someone might want to know how much a given card weighs but surely most people just want to know how the cards actually perform? and preferably against a known base like a GTX 680 etc and preferably showing results for a few well known games. Why is this info not there?
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November 4, 2013 7:44:06 AM

What are the versions of the two Gigabyte BIOSes you used?
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November 4, 2013 8:24:18 AM

All I want to see are 290x's, and under water... and I want to see Tom's site building a custom water cooling rig for every major chip release. Please? =)
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November 4, 2013 8:31:12 AM

Is it just me, or the camera, or both... does the MSI's pcb look really warped in the gallery photo? The club one with the back plate looks warped too. Some of the cards look really straight, but the camera / photographer can be at fault too, to an extent.
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November 4, 2013 8:34:27 AM

slate said:
Would be nice to have a page with power usage for the cards


They are going to be spot on with the HD7970 equivalents. The 280X Vapor-X is same spec as my HD7970 Vapor-X and the Toxic is the same as the HD7970 Toxic except it has 3GB while the Toxic HD7970 had 6GB VRAM.

senkyen said:
As an owner of a r9 280x vapor-x I must say it is pretty loud under load, but can't complain about anything else. Also I don't know how useful this metal plate on the back of the card really is, but it gives a very sturdy feeling while handling the card during installation and looks much better then a "bare" card.


That's weird. My Vapor-X doesn't get very loud under load when gaming. And what's strange is I never hit 80C under Bitcoin or Litecoin load on my HD7970 Vapor-X. The highest I hit was 75c during the summer when my A/C was dead.

Same clock speeds too 1050MHz.
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November 4, 2013 8:47:40 AM

Is the Gigabyte in the noise video with modified fan settings, stock ones or at 100% speed?
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a c 156 U Graphics card
a c 114 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 4, 2013 10:46:40 AM

I can attest to how quiet the Windforce cards are. I run two of them in crossfire. These cards seem to be completely immune to frame-stutter (although admittedly I am using the newest beta drivers that are supposed to fix this) and I get perfectly fluid frame rates in Tomb Raider 2013, Saints Row IV, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs. The fact that they're some of the least expensive out there doesn't hurt either. LOL
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a c 156 U Graphics card
a c 114 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 4, 2013 10:47:12 AM

I can attest to how quiet the Windforce cards are. I run two of them in crossfire. These cards seem to be completely immune to frame-stutter (although admittedly I am using the newest beta drivers that are supposed to fix this) and I get perfectly fluid frame rates in Tomb Raider 2013, Saints Row IV, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs. The fact that they're some of the least expensive out there doesn't hurt either. LOL
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November 4, 2013 11:27:50 AM

while asus seems like the clear winner here at $310, the gigabyte also seems like a reasonable choice given its $300 price and under 11" dimensions.
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November 4, 2013 12:44:35 PM

Can I assume that the start of the RPM charts is the idle fan RPM?

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November 4, 2013 12:45:14 PM

Can I assume that the start of the RPM charts is the idle fan RPM?

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November 4, 2013 12:52:16 PM

I wish you guys had the XFX R9-280X-TDFD in this. I love the look of that card.
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November 4, 2013 1:47:35 PM

same die as the 7970Ghz, again pointless review. The best AMD could of done with the 280x was raise the factory clock of the 280x but they didn't do poo. I wanta see someone flash there 7970 with a 280x bios and give us resolts. 100 bucks it works without a problem. GPUz would see it and games would run flawless.

You know what, im going to flash 1 of my GTX680s with a GTX770 tonight when I get off work and see whats the dilly. I can always flash back and im sick of MSI afterburner bugging out NV Experience from launching.
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a c 75 U Graphics card
a c 158 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 4, 2013 1:57:13 PM

Don't really see the point of this so called roundup without some benches. Granted I am not in the market for a new card as I have a 7970 on its way soon, but it would be nice for other to see at least a small performance selection.
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November 4, 2013 2:36:48 PM

More people should be buying HIS. They always do such a great job keeping the GPU very cool, while minimizing the fan noise. I wish they would go away from the blue pcb though.
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November 4, 2013 2:37:17 PM

Great pictures guys, now where are the reviews?
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November 4, 2013 2:39:03 PM

Would be great if the stock specs and temperatures were added to the list for reference.
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November 4, 2013 4:12:51 PM

Visiontek where you at?
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November 4, 2013 5:39:50 PM

Me too I'll be waiting. i think, if R9 280x has the new Powertune 2.0, Toxic version will dominate this race regardless of its power consumption because its an OC version
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November 4, 2013 7:39:54 PM

I love these single gpu variant round ups.
Truly amazingly nice and I don't have to have 7 seperate tabs to compare.
Please continue these, Eventhough you already did with other GPUs it would be nice if you continue this for the 290X and 780TI? And other more popular GPUS?
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November 4, 2013 9:01:25 PM

It would be nice if you include the dimensions of each cards.
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November 5, 2013 3:21:55 AM

I have to say All the cards are really looking nice, but there's Only one Make I'll Always choose and thats <<<<<<<<<GIGABYTE>>>>>>>>> :) 
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a c 75 U Graphics card
a c 158 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 5, 2013 6:26:12 AM

ginjaninja7 said:
I have to say All the cards are really looking nice, but there's Only one Make I'll Always choose and thats <<<<<<<<<GIGABYTE>>>>>>>>> :) 


So you like cards that catch fire?
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a c 172 U Graphics card
a c 137 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 5, 2013 6:38:06 AM

logainofhades said:
ginjaninja7 said:
I have to say All the cards are really looking nice, but there's Only one Make I'll Always choose and thats <<<<<<<<<GIGABYTE>>>>>>>>> :) 


So you like cards that catch fire?


:lol: 
Some time ago that was. More recently they come voltage locked, so those massive triple fan cooling is USELESS.
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a c 75 U Graphics card
a c 158 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 5, 2013 6:43:57 AM

I use Sapphire cards myself. My HD 4870 and both HD 5850's are Sapphire. My 7970 that is on its way also is Sapphire.
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a c 137 À AMD
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 5, 2013 6:48:21 AM

logainofhades said:
I use Sapphire cards myself. My HD 4870 and both HD 5850's are Sapphire. My 7970 that is on its way also is Sapphire.


Same, Sapphire has been consistent it what I have wanted from my AMD cards at a very decent price, so I have sticked to them for some time.

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November 5, 2013 7:06:15 AM

Just got my Gigabyte 280X today.
With room temperature of 24 degrees Celsius the card at idle is 36-37 degrees Celsius.
What is your room temperature?
BIOS version 015.038.000.003.003435
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November 5, 2013 1:20:51 PM

im a sucker for msi twin forzr and his ice q turbo i wish o waited till now to get the card but i got a 7950 a few months ago but im happy bf4 is running on high specs
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