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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Matrix R9 280X Graphics Cards

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the launch of Matrix R9 280X Platinum edition and Matrix R9 280X standard edition, two new graphics cards powered by the latest AMD Radeon R9 280X graphics-processing unit (GPU). As dedicated gamers have come to expect from ROG, the new Matrix R9 280X graphics cards are tricked out with exclusive technologies and tools including an efficient copper-based thermal design for faster performance at lower temperatures, VGA Hotwire connections for voltage control, DIGI+ voltage-regulator modules (VRMs) for smooth and stable power and GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use tuning software that allows users to squeeze every last drop of performance out of their graphics card.

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I wonder how much this card will run and how well it overclocks.
 
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Interesting how Asus does the ROG Matrix Edition for a 2nd tier performance card. Normally you see them apply the tech to the top end single GPU sku (290X). I know this is a rebrand, but why rebrand this type? Makes no sense to me.
 
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Interesting how Asus does the ROG Matrix Edition for a 2nd tier performance card. Normally you see them apply the tech to the top end single GPU sku (290X). I know this is a rebrand, but why rebrand this type? Makes no sense to me.
Quick way to make extra bucks for a "ROG" product. Not sure if it's worth it compared to the DirectCU cards and the 280x being mid-tier?
 
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I know this is a rebrand, but why rebrand this type? Makes no sense to me.
Probably the same reason why Sapphire is releasing a Toxic edition of both the 280X and 270X... I am sure AMD had an influence in these decisions. :roll:
 
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Spot the difference...

 
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Seems the new version is actually underclocked slightly on the memory compared to the 7970 version....plus that awesome price increase :rolleyes:

It would be interesting to see the PCB's side by side to see if Asus have changed anything with the new version.

It's too bad these are triple slot which is something I thought they would change for the new cards.
 
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Re:

Between the RX9-980 and the 7970GHZ cards, I think the only real difference that consumers are really paying for, is DX11.2 Support, AMD Mantle Support, and a card that is PCIe 3.0 x16 supported. So in short, you can use Tile Recourses version 2.0, take advantage of the low level API utilities to increase draw-calls, and squeeze out a little bit more fps with Gen 3 PCIe lanes. These are the only real noticeable difference between the two generations. Performance wise, RX9-980 is somewhat of a disappointment. It's almost the same FPS as a 7970 GHZ card. GTX 780 is still pulling better FPS, but the gap is either rather big, or very small with GTX 780 doing better. That's if you care and only look at FPS. NVidia cards typically don't have full support for PCIe 3.0 x16, and it's not necessary because the card never fully saturate the lane. So there's no drop in performance.
 
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Between the RX9-980 and the 7970GHZ cards, I think the only real difference that consumers are really paying for, is DX11.2 Support, AMD Mantle Support, and a card that is PCIe 3.0 x16 supported. So in short, you can use Tile Recourses version 2.0, take advantage of the low level API utilities to increase draw-calls, and squeeze out a little bit more fps with Gen 3 PCIe lanes. These are the only real noticeable difference between the two generations. Performance wise, RX9-980 is somewhat of a disappointment. It's almost the same FPS as a 7970 GHZ card. GTX 780 is still pulling better FPS, but the gap is either rather big, or very small with GTX 780 doing better. That's if you care and only look at FPS. NVidia cards typically don't have full support for PCIe 3.0 x16, and it's not necessary because the card never fully saturate the lane. So there's no drop in performance.
those differences your claiming are totally driver driven and should be available to all GCN arch gpu's includeing my old 7970:D