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MSI R9 280X Gaming 3G GPU Review

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MSI R9 280X Gaming 3G

DSC_2222The MSI R9 280X uses a non-reference cooler and more specifically they use their already tested TwinFrozr design but revision IV. The card measures in at 269x128x34 mm (10.6×5.04×1.33 in) and weighs 849g (1.87 lbs)


DSC_2265Connection options for the MSI R9 280X gaming include two mini displayports, HDMI, and DVI. This card is a dual slot cooler.



DSC_2263The rear of the card gives a view of the heatsink for the the GPU as well as the heatsink for the memory modules. The 4-pin fan header is visible as well.




DSC_2264The MSI R9 280X is a full length PCIE x16 card. Four of the five heat-pipes are visible just under the fan shroud.



DSC_2262A 6-pin and an 8-pin connector is used to power the MSI R9 280X. Moving towards the front of the card, the CrossFire connectors are located just under a bracket used to stabilize the card. The bracket is connected from the PCB of the card to the PCI bracket that screws to the rear of the case.


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