MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming 6 GB Review 35

MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming 6 GB Review

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AMD's Radeon R9 280X has been on the market since October last year, but it wasn't really a new product even back then. The card is basically a rebranded HD 7970 GHz Edition with a slightly lower GPU clock, which essentially makes the it a 2 1/2 year old product. Nevertheless, the card still satisfies when it comes to driving 1080p displays at maximum details in all the latest games.

Based on the 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon, the Radeon R9 280X features 2,048 stream processors based on the Graphics CoreNext architecture, 128 texture memory units (TMUs), 32 raster operations units (ROPs), and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface holding 3 GB. AMD's reference clock speeds for the chip are 1000 MHz on the core and 1500 MHz (6.00 GT/s effective) on memory, which results in 288 GB/s of memory bandwidth.

Today, we are reviewing the MSI R9 280X Gaming 6 GB, which doubles the memory from 3 GB to 6 GB, promising improved performance at higher resolutions. The card is also overclocked out of the box and comes with MSI's signature TwinFrozr cooling solution. Right now, the MSI R9 280X Gaming 6 GB is available for $400 online, a quite significant price premium over standard 3 GB variants.

Radeon R9 280X Market Segment Analysis
R9 270X
GTX 660 Ti
GTX 760
HD 7950
GTX 670
HD 7970
GTX 770
HD 7970
GHz Ed.
R9 280X
280X Gaming
GTX 680
GTX 780
R9 290
Shader Units1280134411521792134420481536204820482048153623042560
Graphics ProcessorPitcairnGK104GK104TahitiGK104TahitiGK104TahitiTahitiTahitiGK104GK110Hawaii
Memory Size2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB3072 MB2048 MB3072 MB2048 MB3072 MB3072 MB6144 MB2048 MB3072 MB4096 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit192 bit256 bit384 bit256 bit384 bit256 bit384 bit384 bit384 bit256 bit384 bit512 bit
Core Clock1050 MHz915 MHz+980 MHz+800 MHz915 MHz+925 MHz1046 MHz+1050 MHz1000 MHz1050 MHz1006 MHz+863 MHz+947 MHz
Memory Clock1400 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1502 MHz1375 MHz1753 MHz1500 MHz1500 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz
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