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VisionTek Radeon R9 280X Video Card Review

VisionTek R9 280XReview Sample Provided by: VisionTek
Product Name: VisionTek Radeon R9 280X
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Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Over the last couple of years we have seen the graphics card industry explode. The GPUs range in price from a lowly basic gaming card at around $100.00 to a full blown freakshow pricing upwards of a grand. It seems lately that the price/performance bracket has belonged to nVidia. Historically nVidia’s price to performance ratio has been spot on. I have been waiting for a little while for the folks over at ATI to get it together and come play in the sand box. Within the last month ATI has revamped their line of GPUs and have simplified the naming conventions. The R7 series is aimed at budget conscious gamers while the R9 line is geared toward the enthusiast crowd. The R9 series features the 290x, 290, 280X, 270X and the 260X. Do the revamped cards have what it takes to make waves in a small pool? Read on to find out.

 

Review Sample Provided by: VisionTek
Product Name: VisionTek Radeon R9 280X
Price at time of review:
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

 

The R9 280x shares the same architectural family as the 7970 series and therefore is not a brand new GPU core. ATI tweaked clock speeds and timing a bit to get the most of the Radeon R9 280x.

Here’s the run down on the R9 series.

R9 290X R9 280X R9 270X
GPU Architecture 28nm 28nm 28nm
API Support DirectX® 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 DirectX® 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 DirectX® 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3
PCE Express® Version 3.0 3.0 3.0
AMD PowerTune Technology Yes Yes Yes
4K Resolution Support Yes Yes Yes
DDMA Audio Yes Yes Yes
HDMI (With 4K, Stereo 3D, Deep Color & x.v.Color™) Yes Yes Yes
TrueAudio Technology Yes No No
AMD Eyefinity Technology (Maximum displays) 3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort, 6 with an MST hub 3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort, 6 with an MST hub 3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort, 6 with an MST hub
Video Codec Engine (VCE) (with H.264, MPEG-4 ASP, MPEG-2, VC-1 & Blu-ray 3D) Yes Yes Yes
GPU Clock Speed Up to 1GHz Up to 1GHz Up to 1.05GHz
Memory Bandwidth Up to 320 GB/s Up to 288 GB/s Up to 104 GB/s
Memory Amount Up to 4GB GDDR5 Up to 3GB GDDR5 Up to 4GB GDDR5
Stream Processing Units Up to 2816 Up to 2048 Up to 1280
Required Power Supply Connectors 1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin 1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin 2 x 6-pin
AMD CrossFire® Support (Maximum number of GPUs and CrossFire Bridge Interconnect required) 4, no 4, yes 2, yes
Form Factor Full height, dual slot Full height, dual slot Full height, dual slot

Now let’s take a look at VisionTek’s Radeon R9 280X

About Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network analyst by day. He currently holds the CCNA & CCNP certifications. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day, such as cutting a side window or two.

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