XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 3GB Graphics Card Review

by - 8 years ago



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The AMD HD 7950 was probably the best GPU of the entire HD 7000 series in my honest opinion. It offered stellar value for money for high performance gaming – often overclocking to HD 7970 levels for a much lower price. The HD 7950’s popularity then got the better of it as the card soared to mining fame being the GPU of choice for miners all over the world. The price of HD 7950s went through the roof before stock eventually ran out and people had to start turning to new and current alternatives like the R9 280X. However, the HD 7950 is back with a bang. Given the logical name of the R9 280 it carries the great features we grew to love on the HD 7950 but with a higher clock speed and slightly lower price than the R9 280X. Today we have with us a rather sexy looking R9 280 courtesy of XFX. We have with us the XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation Black Edition OC graphics card (R9-280A-TDBD) which is XFX’s cherry picked line. It features their dual 90mm fan cooler, has an overclocked frequency and has fully unlocked voltages on the core and memory for overclocking.

Specifications Analysis

Below you can see how XFX’s R9 280 stacks up against rival graphics cards. It holds a $20 premium over the reference card but comes with a memory and core overclock to give it some extra grunt.


Packaging and Bundle

The packaging comes with the usual style but has a new addition letting us know it is UEFI BIOS ready.

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The back lists out the usual key features.

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Inside we find a rather modest looking brown card box.

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There’s the usual array of documentation including a warranty statement and driver CD.

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The accessory bundle includes two power supply adapters (dual molex to 6 pin and dual 6 pin to 8 pin) and a CrossFireX bridge.

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Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. Test Systems and Procedures
  4. 3DMark 11
  5. 3DMark 2013
  6. Unigine Heaven 4.0
  7. Alien Vs. Predator
  8. Battlefield 4
  9. Bioshock Infinite
  10. Dirt Showdown
  11. Metro Last Light
  12. Sleeping Dogs
  13. Tomb Raider
  14. Performance Summary
  15. CryptoCurrency Mining Performance (Scrypt)
  16. Noise Levels
  17. Power Consumption
  18. Temperatures
  19. Overclocking & Overclocked Performance
  20. Final Thoughts
  21. View All

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5 Comments on XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 3GB Graphics Card Review

  • Avatar Skidmarks says:

    It’s a really nice looking cooler. I see it has Xfire connectors, I thought AMD cards ‘Xfired’ through the PCIe slots nowadays. Boy it just goes to show how out of the loop I am as far as AMD goes. I think the last AMD GFX card I tested was a HD 5770.
    Just to think I Recently built an AMD machine with a single R9 290X and never even noticed if it had Xfire connectors or not.

    • Avatar Ryan Martin says:

      That would the Hybrid CrossFire feature. This was limited to the new GPUs AFAIK which means the R9 290X and R9 290 and R9 295X2 if that comes out. I think all the old rebranded GPUs still need a physical connector.

      Edit: I believe it is called DMA not Hybrid CFX, no idea why I said that. Get confused easily

      • Avatar Skidmarks says:

        Thanks for clearing that up. Apart from building the odd AMD machine, I really don’t have much to do with them.

  • Avatar Brian Blair says:

    I want to replace my R9 270 with this thing because of fascist game developer companies pushing horribly optimized games off as demanding graphical accomplishments (like a creed unity) When they do not look any better than games from 2010! So I want a card with at’least 3GB to run 1080p. And I thought since this model if the 280 is priced very well and has a decent power upgrade from my 270, That it would be great. But for some reason this thing is almost a foot long! WTH? It is not a R9 290! It does not need a cooler this dam long! I am going to have to remove my HDD cage and shorten it just to make it fit!

  • Avatar Ashley Gann says:

    I purchased one of these for $159 after rebate on newegg(I’ve seen them get down to 149) and must be honest – WOW, this card has got to be the price to performance champion! I just sold my watercooled/overclocked gigabyte r9 290x oc edition to put some money toward the new 390 and wanted something cheap to hold me over for the spring/summer. This card has performed beyond my expectations. 1150mhz core/1400 memory without any voltage added, and it easily hits the 1200mhz board max with stability. It cools well even in my terribly confined case, but most importantly it games at 1080 like a champ.

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