Thursday, May 22nd 2014

ASUS Also Announces Radeon R9 280 Strix OC Edition Graphics Card

The GeForce GTX 780 6 GB Strix isn't the only graphics card in the Strix series from ASUS, the company also launched one based on the Radeon R9 280, armed with 3 GB of memory (model: STRIX-R9280-OC-3GD5). The card appears to feature the same exact DirectCU II based cooling solution as the one on the GTX 780 Strix, and likely a similar PCB to the R9 280 DirectCU II series. The cooler offers 0 dBA cooling when the GPU is running at temperatures below 65 °C, and begins to spool up only beyond that. So handling most desktop and mild 3D loads should be completely quiet. The card also offers a factory OC. The GPU is clocked at 980 MHz, and the memory at 5.20 GHz, compared to reference clocks of 823 MHz core and 5.00 GHz memory. Based on the 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon, the Radeon R9 280 offers 1,792 GCN stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. APIs supported include DirectX 11.2 (feature level 11_2), OpenGL 4.4 and AMD Mantle. ASUS didn't reveal pricing.
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9 Comments on ASUS Also Announces Radeon R9 280 Strix OC Edition Graphics Card

#1
GhostRyder
Meh, I would rather see this type of cooler and model on the R9 290/X variants because it sounds very cool. Kinda surprised that its on just the regular 280 model right now but its a very cool cooler.
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btarunr
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by: GhostRyder
Meh, I would rather see this type of cooler and model on the R9 290/X variants because it sounds very cool. Kinda surprised that its on just the regular 280 model right now but its a very cool cooler.
Maybe because it's impossible to run "Hawaii" and "Tahiti XT" under 65C with fans turned off, under even 2D/mild-3D loads.
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HumanSmoke
by: btarunr
Maybe because it's impossible to run "Hawaii" and "Tahiti XT" under 65C with fans turned off, under even 2D/mild-3D loads.
Sneak preview of Asus's new graphics testing facility?
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#4
sweet
by: HumanSmoke
Sneak preview of Asus's new graphics testing facility?

You made my day, mate :lovetpu:
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#5
GhostRyder
by: btarunr
Maybe because it's impossible to run "Hawaii" and "Tahiti XT" under 65C with fans turned off, under even 2D/mild-3D loads.
When the cards are idle they kick zero core in and idle the same as any card.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-and-290x,3728-6.html

So there should not be any problems with doing this on TahitiXT or Hawaii chips. The dual fan setup is beyond whats needs to cool any of these and when its idling the core clocks and power consumption are low enough they will be well below that threshold. But who knows, maybe they saw something I didn't, but I feel the difference between at Least Tahiti and TahitiXT is so minimal in that area it should not matter at the base line.
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buildzoid
by: GhostRyder
When the cards are idle they kick zero core in and idle the same as any card.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-and-290x,3728-6.html

So there should not be any problems with doing this on TahitiXT or Hawaii chips. The dual fan setup is beyond whats needs to cool any of these and when its idling the core clocks and power consumption are low enough they will be well below that threshold. But who knows, maybe they saw something I didn't, but I feel the difference between at Least Tahiti and TahitiXT is so minimal in that area it should not matter at the base line.
Youtube video is enough to get a R9 290X to get out of zero core and run at 300mhz which is enough to push 78C on WF3 cooler at 500RPM
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GhostRyder
by: buildzoid
Youtube video is enough to get a R9 290X to get out of zero core and run at 300mhz which is enough to push 78C on WF3 cooler at 500RPM
I have 3 R9 290X, they stay on zero core when on normal things? I mean the core clocks are well below 1k so I do not understand what your saying on that unless something has changed. Ill have to double check that but mine stay in zero core mode unless I engage a game.
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#8
Arjai
by: HumanSmoke
Sneak preview of Asus's new graphics testing facility?

I didn't know ASUS had any offices in my home state!! :laugh:
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buildzoid
by: GhostRyder
I have 3 R9 290X, they stay on zero core when on normal things? I mean the core clocks are well below 1k so I do not understand what your saying on that unless something has changed. Ill have to double check that but mine stay in zero core mode unless I engage a game.
Look it doesn't really matter Z core is running or not the point is that an almost passive R9 290X can bare play YT video without getting to 78C.
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