Sapphire's Dual-X R9 280 OC Graphics Card Review

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Offtopic: Love my Sapphire Trix R9 290 OC (oced it further) to 1150mhz core and 6000mhz to match 780 Tti stock in a lot of benchmarks, for 250$ thats pretty awesome. However, I want my next card to be an nvidia card only because it is kind of habit for me to switch brands from time to time. It was always hard for me to choose nvidia card because of the price/performance ratio is pretty awful this series. Hope the 800 series has a better ratio.
 

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Toms, please stop using the photo gallery plugin you currently use. My iPhone cannot handle it. It causes my phone to stress and slow to a crawl and then doesn't even load the photos. Makes these articles unreadable on iphones.
Can you please specify the model, browser, and connection? We've tested this feature on all current iPad and iPhone models without issue.
 

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I'm assuming you are not testing Battlefield 4 on multiplayer.
AMD fx-8350
Gigabyte 990FXA UD3
Sapphire Radeon 7870 OCed 2gb GDDR5
G.Skill 2x4Gb 1866mhz.
BF4 at constant 60fps on ultra graphics on DX. Haven't tried Mantle yet.
 

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It would have been nice to see power usage and noise measurements included.
With a TDP of only 170W, the expected power usage of the GTX 760 is much lower than the R9 280. This is a significant benefit for lower noise levels, less heat and less power. This also seems to be what AMD is targeting with the R9 285.
Hopefully when R9 285 cards are reviewed, power and noise measurements can be included for R9 285, R9 280 and GTX 760 as equivalent cards, as well as the R9 280X and GTX 770 as higher performing but higher usage cards and the R9 270X and GTX 750 Ti as slower but even more efficient cards.
 

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Toms, please stop using the photo gallery plugin you currently use. My iPhone cannot handle it. It causes my phone to stress and slow to a crawl and then doesn't even load the photos. Makes these articles unreadable on iphones.
Can you please specify the model, browser, and connection? We've tested this feature on all current iPad and iPhone models without issue.
I have issues with the format as well. I am using IE(latest that xp supports) on my xp 32bit work computer, to try to view them. They don't load in compatability mode either. They work fine on my personal desktop though. :) Any idea's?
 

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Try using a different browser if your work computer has one?

 

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Microcenter has this card on sale right now for an unbelievable $179.99. ($169.99 with a $10 rebate) I had just bought an XFX R7 270X at Best Buy for $189.99 which was a price match then saw this. Returned the XFX and RAN not waled to Microcenter. It performs SOOO much better than the R7. The difference in Battlefield 4 is staggering.
 

Todd Melanson

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While the Sapphire R9 280 179.99 at Microcenter is unbelievable. Sorry, it was the R9 270X that was 189.99 at BB not the R7, that was a typo. just wanted to get that right.
 

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Can someone please help me understand the power usage chart, is that power usage for just the 280 or the entire system?
 

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Can someone please help me understand the power usage chart, is that power usage for just the 280 or the entire system?
 

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These measurements will be for the whole system measured at the wall. This suggests peak usage for these components in this benchmark was about 280W. This is mostly power drawn by the graphics card, and then by the CPU.
 

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Thank you for clearing that up for me
 
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