XFX Radeon R9 280X Black Edition Video Card Review


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XFX Radeon R9 280X Black Edition Video Card Review

By Hank Tolman

Manufacturer: PINE Technology Holdings Limited, dba XFX

Product Name: XFX Black Edition Double Dissipation Radeon R9 280X
Model Number: R9-280X-TDBD
UPC: 778656065253
Price As Tested: $439.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: XFX provided the product sample used in this article.

AMD released their new lineup of GCN-based video cards back in October and the industry manufacturers have since been adding their own special tweaks and improvements to the initial designs. XFX has recently released their latest version of the Radeon R9 280X card in the form of the XFX Black Edition Double Dissipation Radeon R9 280X. The XFX R9 280X TDBD sports upgraded features like a factory overclock to 1080MHz, high quality DURATEC components, a dual-fan design, and the second generation of XFX proprietary Ghost Thermal technology.

XFX_R9_280X_TBDB_Angle2Although the Radeon R9 280X comes packaged with a new name, the actual GPU is unchanged from the Radeon HD 7970’s Tahiti, the GHz Edition anyway. That’s not to say the two cards are identical, however. AMD made some changes to the new video cards that definitely set them apart. The most interesting to me, as something I’ve been waiting for, is the ability to run three HDMI/DVI displays from a single card. DisplayPort just hasn’t made it over to the monitors yet and you still need an active converter cable to use a third monitor. That’ll cost you an extra $30 or so. AMD also added TrueAudio to the R9 290X and R7 260X (although it was technically part of the R7 260X’s predecessor, the 7790, as well).

The rest of the story is pretty cut and dried. The R9 280X, released two years after it’s predecessor, the HD 7970, costs $250 less than the 7970 did on release and it runs faster. Two years is plenty of time for the fabrication process to work out the kinks. The yields will be at all-time highs and Graphics Core Next is doing great. It looks like AMD is moving the price down, keeping manufacturing up, and adding a few enhancements while they work on something new.

XFX R9 280X TDBD Specifications

Processor & Bus

Bus Type : PCI-E 3.0

Chipset version : Tahiti XTL

GPU Bus (bit) : 384

GPU Clock : 1080MHz

Performance Category : Performance

Stream Processors : 2048


Memory Bus : 384 bit

Memory Clock : 6.2 GHz

Memory Size : 3 GB

Memory Type : DDR5

Feature Technologies

AMD HD3D Technology : Y

AMD Hybrid Graphics Technology : Y

AMD PowerPlay Technology : Y

AMD Stream Technology : Y


RoHS : Y

Display Output

Display Port ready : 1.2

HDMI Ready : 1.4a

Max Supported Resolution (ANALOG) : 2048 x 1536

Max Supported Resolution (DIGITAL) : 2560 x 1600(DVI);4096 x 2160(HDMI;DP)

Output – DL-DVI-I : 1

Output – HDMI : 1

Output – mini DP : 2

Output – SL-DVI-D : 1


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