XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 3GB Graphics Card Review



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Introduction


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The AMD HD 7950 was probably the best GPU of the entire HD 7000 series in my honest opinion. It offered stellar value for money for high performance gaming – often overclocking to HD 7970 levels for a much lower price. The HD 7950’s popularity then got the better of it as the card soared to mining fame being the GPU of choice for miners all over the world. The price of HD 7950s went through the roof before stock eventually ran out and people had to start turning to new and current alternatives like the R9 280X. However, the HD 7950 is back with a bang. Given the logical name of the R9 280 it carries the great features we grew to love on the HD 7950 but with a higher clock speed and slightly lower price than the R9 280X. Today we have with us a rather sexy looking R9 280 courtesy of XFX. We have with us the XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation Black Edition OC graphics card (R9-280A-TDBD) which is XFX’s cherry picked line. It features their dual 90mm fan cooler, has an overclocked frequency and has fully unlocked voltages on the core and memory for overclocking.

Specifications Analysis

Below you can see how XFX’s R9 280 stacks up against rival graphics cards. It holds a $20 premium over the reference card but comes with a memory and core overclock to give it some extra grunt.

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Packaging and Bundle

The packaging comes with the usual style but has a new addition letting us know it is UEFI BIOS ready.

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The back lists out the usual key features.

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Inside we find a rather modest looking brown card box.

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There’s the usual array of documentation including a warranty statement and driver CD.

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The accessory bundle includes two power supply adapters (dual molex to 6 pin and dual 6 pin to 8 pin) and a CrossFireX bridge.

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  • Skidmarks

    It’s a really nice looking cooler. I see it has Xfire connectors, I thought AMD cards ‘Xfired’ through the PCIe slots nowadays. Boy it just goes to show how out of the loop I am as far as AMD goes. I think the last AMD GFX card I tested was a HD 5770.
    Just to think I Recently built an AMD machine with a single R9 290X and never even noticed if it had Xfire connectors or not.

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      That would the Hybrid CrossFire feature. This was limited to the new GPUs AFAIK which means the R9 290X and R9 290 and R9 295X2 if that comes out. I think all the old rebranded GPUs still need a physical connector.

      Edit: I believe it is called DMA not Hybrid CFX, no idea why I said that. Get confused easily

      • Skidmarks

        Thanks for clearing that up. Apart from building the odd AMD machine, I really don’t have much to do with them.