Seven Radeon R9 280X Graphics Cards, Rounded-Up

Temperatures

A Note about the Temperatures

We measured the temperatures by running Unigine Heaven's benchmark mode in a loop. This should simulate the most taxing gaming workload that AMD's Radeon R9 280X will encounter. Depending on the title, the temperatures you see will likely be somewhat lower.

Model
Idle
Full Gaming Load
Asus R9 280X DirectCU II OC
32°C
75°C
Club3D R9 280X royalKing OC34 °C
74 °C
Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X
28°C
30°C
63°C
73°C (new BIOS)
HIS R9 280X IceQ X²
31°C
69°C
MSI R9 280X Gaming OC
34°C
34°C
>90°C throttling (VRM)
72°C
Sapphire R9 280X Toxic OC33 °C
72°C
Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X OC
32°C
80°C

Temperature Diagram

The temperature curve in the diagram is influenced by each Radeon R9 280X’s cooler, fans, and the fan profile in the card’s BIOS. We’re also collecting data for cards with available or announced firmware updates.

Asus R9 280X DirectCU II OC

Club3D R9 280X royalKing OC

Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X OC

HIS R9 280X X² 

MSI R9 280X Gaming OC (new BIOS)

Sapphire R9 280X Toxic OC

Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X OC

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  • So guess I am waiting for the second part of the review.
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  • 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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  • So guess I am waiting for the second part of the review.
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  • What does "Modified" "Throttling" and "New BIOS" mean in terms of how the data is to be interpreted?
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  • 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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  • No overclock results?
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  • 699111 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.

    1445593 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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  • 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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  • Good idea providing the videos.
    Some of those cards are a good deal louder or higher pitch than the others.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Would be nice to have a page with power usage for the cards
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  • Double post
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  • +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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Very nice go-to reference. Thanks!
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 280x review is nothing more than yet another 7970 Ghz review. Huge waste of time for Tomshardware to do.
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