VisionTek Radeon R9 280X Video Card Review

VisionTek R9 280X

Review Sample Provided by: VisionTek
Product Name: VisionTek Radeon R9 280X
Price at time of review: $  USD
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: $  USD
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 290XR9 280XR9 270X
GPU Architecture28nm28nm28nm
API SupportDirectX® 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3DirectX® 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3DirectX® 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3
PCE Express® Version3.03.03.0
AMD PowerTune TechnologyYesYesYes
4K Resolution SupportYesYesYes
DDMA AudioYesYesYes
HDMI (With 4K, Stereo 3D, Deep Color & x.v.Color™)YesYesYes
TrueAudio TechnologyYesNoNo
AMD Eyefinity Technology (Maximum displays)3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort, 6 with an MST hub3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort, 6 with an MST hub3 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)YesYesYes
GPU Clock SpeedUp to 1GHzUp to 1GHzUp to 1.05GHz
Memory BandwidthUp to 320 GB/sUp to 288 GB/sUp to 104 GB/s
Memory AmountUp to 4GB GDDR5Up to 3GB GDDR5Up to 4GB GDDR5
Stream Processing UnitsUp to 2816Up to 2048Up to 1280
Required Power Supply Connectors1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin2 x 6-pin
AMD CrossFire® Support (Maximum number of GPUs and CrossFire Bridge Interconnect required)4, no4, yes2, yes
Form FactorFull height, dual slotFull height, dual slotFull height, dual slot

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



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