Monday, March 17th 2014
Gigabyte launched its first Radeon R9 280 graphics card, the R9 280 WindForce OC (model: R928WF3OC-3GD). Based on a similar board design to that of the R9 280X WindForce series, the card makes use of a custom-design PCB by Gigabyte, and its swanky WindForce 3X cooling solution. Its PCB features Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA construction, with ferrite core chokes that don't give out low-pitched noise under load. The cooler is a chunky aluminium fin heatsink ventilated by three fans. The card comes with only a GPU factory overclock. The core is clocked at 950 MHz, with 1072 MHz boost (compared to 850/933 MHz reference); while the memory is left untouched at 5.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective). Based on the 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon, the R9 280 features 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 3 GB of memory. Gigabyte didn't announce pricing.