Gigabyte have blown the lid off their new Radeon R9 280 graphics card, adding further still to their already exciting range of Radeon based products. While I’m sure many of our readers would love to invest in something like the 290X, in reality we don’t all have the budget or need of such things. Most consumers will target the price vs performance battleground that is mid-to-high level performance cards.
The Gigabytes new R9 280 WindForce OS is based on a similar design to that of the R9 280X WindForce series of cards, making good use of Gigabytes custom PCB and powerful WindForce 3x cooling system. This custom PCB brings a lot of tweaks and upgrades such as low-pitched noise ferrite core chokes, a large aluminium finned heatsink, Ultra Durable VGA construction and a mild factory overclock. The GPU core has been set at 950 MHz with a 1072 MHz boost, not bad when compared to the 850 / 933 Mhz of the reference card. The GDDR5 memory has been left at a stock speed of 5GHz, so maybe they’ll be a little extra overclocking headroom in there too.
1,792 steam processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 3GB Memoryy and a 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface mean that this should be a pretty powerful card overall, and while Gigabyte haven’t revealed any pricing information you can expect it to be around 20% more compared to the reference cards.
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