ASUS Radeon R9-280X DirectCU II TOP review -
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The 3GB GDDR5 graphics memory runs on a 384-bit wide bus. Connectivity wise the output connectors will actually vary per brand -- the ASUS boards will get two DVI connectors and then a HDMI and DisplayPort (full) connector. I'm happy to no longer see the god awful annoying mini-DP connectors.
At the rear side of the card we see a rather familiar PCB. Overall a fairly clean design, the cards are PCI-E gen 3.0 compatible and will have two crossfire connectors, so 3-way Crossfire is an option you could pursue. You'll notice that ther card is lacking a backplate but it does have a metal bar at the top to ensure stability when it is hanging vertically in the PC.
With a somewhat steep TDP rating of 250 Watts the card needs to be hooked up to both a 6 and 8-pin PCI-E PEG power connector. Under full stress we measured 243 Watts power draw, so that indeed is pretty spot on as advertised.So yes, this is a Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition that is a hint faster. ASUS is going to price this product at roughly the 300 EUR marker.
In this review we take a peek at the Radeon R9-280X from ASUS, they plastered the GPU on a custom PCB, tweaked it and then applied their DirectCUII cooling technology. As such the product should be interesting for many of you. Follow us into this review where we'll look at temperatures, noise, performance, Frame latency and we'll even give Ultra High Definition gaming a go with the hottest game titles on the globe.
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