AMD Radeon R9 280X Video Card Review w/ ASUS, XFX and MSI

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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

On March 5th, 2013 Square Enix released Tomb Raider, billed as a reboot of the franchise. In Tomb Raider, the player is confronted with a much younger Lara Croft who is shipwrecked and finds herself stranded on a mysterious island rife with danger, both natural and human. In contrast to the earlier games Croft is portrayed as vulnerable, acting out of necessity, desperation and sheer survival rather than for a greater cause or personal gain.

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The game has been built on Crystal Dynamics’s game engine called the “Crystal Engine” and the graphics look fantastic. AMD and Crystal Dyanmic’s worked on a new technology called TressFX Hair, which AMD describes as “the world’s first in-game implementation of a real-time, per-strand hair physics system” for this game title. We set the image quality to ultimate for benchmarking, but we disabled TressFX Hair under the advanced tab to be fair to NVIDIA graphics cards that don’t support the feature.

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Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon R9 280X cards are again impressive with performance close to the GeForce GTX 780, but for a fraction of the price. You could basically get two Radeon R9 280X cards for the price of one GeForce GTX 780!

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  • nyran125tk

    theres definately issues with these cards. Many say the memory clocks are to high

  • Christofer Santiago

    Kind of stupid to put cards far out of its price range and on top of that Nvidia SLI numbers? They had the cards and could of easily did crossfire bench marks as well, especially being that they were the cards being highlighted. And btw did they disable PhysX to be fair to AMD? A’la TressFX.

  • Lianesch

    MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming Temperature:

    VDDC set to min, not max

    • Nathan Kirsch

      sorry about that!

  • Yosef

    I am dissapoint by your lack of 3-fan Gigagbyte Windforce Master Race

  • Will-0-Wisp

    The MSI R9 280X is definitely the one I’ll get!!! Thanx for the review!

  • Mombasa69

    No Crossfire testing then?

    • Gogu

      No.

    • michael centeno

      this is pro nvidia campaign here buddy.

    • KC

      Crossfire works nicely. Moreover this was crossfire tested with 7970 Ghz and it works perfectly. No issues. Its a beautiful card for very low price

  • Mombasa69

    Sapphire R9 280X Toxic, best of the lot easily.

    • lolol

      If you want a burnt-through GPU,yes.
      I’ve spoken to 2 Computer-Shop owners who build custom PCs for their customers.
      I visited them to get reliable infomation about high quality hardware. Sapphire, HIS and Powercolor have a failing rate of more than 20%.
      Asus, XFX, MSI are the only reliable ones.
      They install Gigabyte only if the customer insists to use a Gigabyte model.
      Asus oder XFX models are standard.
      I was surprised when they said XFX. Only heard bad things about it. But their numbers don’t lie.
      They have to take care of their reputation. They would bullshit themselves if they talked crap.

      • Kristijan Vragović

        I had nothing but trouble with XFX, and no problem with Sapphire.

        • Dan Mackinlay

          Likewise. “burnt-through GPU” lol