Gigabyte Releases Three R9 200 Series BF4-Edition Cards

Gigabyte has released three special editions of its R9 200 series cards, namely versions of the card that come with keys for Battlefield 4 downloads through Origin.

The three cards that come with the key are the GV-R928XOC-3GD-GA, which is a Radeon R9-280X, the GV-R927XOC-2GD-GA, which is a Radeon R9-270X, and the GV-R927OC-2GD-GA, which is a lightly overclocked (50 MHz) R9-270.

Both the X-rated cards feature Gigabyte's triple fan WindForce coolers, which are capable of dissipating up to 450 W of heat, while the R9 270 features a dual-fan WindForce cooler.

Sorry, no WindForce cooled Radeon R9 290 or R9 290X just yet.

There was no word on pricing or availability, but expect a small premium over standard versions of the cards.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • vmem
    man, those GPU names: GV-R928XOC-3GD-GA

    I know what it is, but do you really expect the average joe to remember that?
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  • houldendub
    Are AMD really still shooting themselves in the foot with such terrible coolers for the 290 and 290X??

    No! Nobody wants the blender strapped onto a GPU! Let the partners with good coolers come in for crying out loud! I would be tempted to swap back to team red had they done it off the bat, I guess they just hate money!
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  • jenesuispasbavard
    I have the XFX R9 280X. Came from the very beginning with BF4, costs $300 (no premium), and is quiet and cool. Don't see why anyone would buy anything else to be honest.
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  • DarkSidesHero
    @holdendub Heard of Non-Reference cards? Yes they usually come out a little bit after the reference cards. Patience.
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  • John Bauer
    12097882 said:
    man, those GPU names: GV-R928XOC-3GD-GA

    I know what it is, but do you really expect the average joe to remember that?

    I'm not exactly sure the average joe knows you can build a computer, let alone that
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  • clonazepam
    I wouldn't mind a Tom's article where take the previous generation, and the R9 290 and X versions, strip them down, take a few shots of the PCB in detail, and hypothesize what is taking so long (its not really that long, it just feels that way) to get after market coolers on these cards?

    They visited nvidia and jabbered about their reference cooler. Let's follow that up by visiting a company like Gigabyte or MSI, who provide after market coolers for both red and green, and really get into the guts of the process.

    @ vmem - that gpu name really helps when you copy/paste into a google search, or search directly on store's webpage. It has to be unique in a field full similar products.

    @ jenesuispasbavard - why? marketing, it looks cool, people feel buying a reference cooler might be the bottleneck in their overclocking attempt. I've overclocked above and beyond any real necessity because I had a good time doing it =)
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  • makaveli316
    What the hell happened to the 290? There isn't a single non reference card....
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  • jimmysmitty
    12098081 said:
    @holdendub Heard of Non-Reference cards? Yes they usually come out a little bit after the reference cards. Patience.

    I think people saw how fast the coolers for the 280X came out and thought the 290/290X would be just as fast. I think people forget the 280X is just a rebranded 7970 so they already had after market coolers designed for the PCB and core.
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  • thundervore
    I do not nderstnd why they just do not make a custom closed loop water block that cools the entire card and just charge an extra $100. It is retarted to add 3 fans to a GPU with a heavy heatsink. My MSI 660TI only has 2 fans and it droops in my system even when the PCB is reinforced with the metal plate.
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  • popatim
    I think people saw how fast the coolers for the 280X came out and thought the 290/290X would be just as fast. I think people forget the 280X is just a rebranded 7970 so they already had after market coolers designed for the PCB and core.
    I beleive there is a slight design change; if you read Toms article when they installed the Accelero3 it fit reasonably well, not perfect. Also the R9 uses more ram chips so I'm sure manufacturers ahd to re-do contracts with suppliers, undergo testing/qualifying... which is why there were only reference designs on launch.
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