Powercolor R9 280X TurboDuo 3GB Graphics Card Review

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Powercolor R9 280X TurboDuo (4)

We seem to have been inundated with AMD graphics card of late and the trend isn’t stopping today as we have another AMD graphics card in the office. Today we have a rather swanky looking solution from the guys over at Powercolor as we are putting their R9 280X TurboDuo overclocked graphics card on the test system. The first and most obvious feature about this graphics card is the rather epic looking cooling solution. It boasts a pair of 90mm cooling fans, three large 8mm heat pipes and a massive aluminium heatsink. That’s all enclosed in a rather beautiful looking red and black metal shroud and topped off with a solid metal backplate for good measure. In terms of clock speeds Powercolor haven’t been too adventurous opting for a up to 1030MHz clock speed which is up from the stock R9 280X speed of of up to 1000MHz. This means it is the lowest clocked Radeon R9 280X graphics card we’ve tested, though that doesn’t mean it can’t be pushed a bit further with some overclocking. Powercolor have also left the memory at the default 1500MHz actual, 6GHz effective.


Powercolor’s packaging comes with the usual textured plastic emblem with the product branding which is in this case TurboDuo. It also points out the UEFI compatibility, 4K support and support for up to 4 displays out of the box. Of course if you have an MST Hub then you can support up to six by splitting one of the DisplayPort connections.

Powercolor R9 280X TurboDuo (1)

The rear of the box has more details about the design and features of the graphics card. You can check more of those out on its product page here.

Powercolor R9 280X TurboDuo (2)

Powercolor’s accessory package includes a 6 to 8 pin power cable adapter, CrossFire bridge, DVI to VGA adapter, mini DisplayPort to full size DisplayPort adapter, quick installation guide and driver CD.

Powercolor R9 280X TurboDuo (3)

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. Testing Procedure
  4. 3DMark 11
  5. 3DMark 2013
  6. Unigine Heaven 4.0
  7. Alien Vs. Predator
  8. Bioshock Infinite
  9. Battlefield 4
  10. Dirt Showdown
  11. Metro Last Light
  12. Sleeping Dogs
  13. Tomb Raider
  14. Scrypt Hashing
  15. Acoustics
  16. Power Consumption
  17. Temperatures
  18. Overclocking
  19. Final Thoughts
  20. View All

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5 Comments on Powercolor R9 280X TurboDuo 3GB Graphics Card Review

  • Avatar Geilo says:

    Please upload this gpu-bios in gpu-z..bios is not listed in techpowerup-index.i need it!thx

  • Avatar Sly Si says:

    Just purchased one of these on Ebuyer for £190 with the AMD Gold Award…..that is a bargain in my books. Especially after this very good review and recommendation.

  • Avatar Robby Akbar T says:

    power consumption is for full system right? so it is okay using 550W psu?

    i use i5 2500k but never overclocked

    • Avatar Rikki Wright says:

      A 550w PSU will be fine as long as it is a good brand, Corsair, Seasonic, Be Quiet, etc….

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