Created by an elite team of Digital Storm technicians, DS Unlocked is an exclusive blog featuring useful and honest expert advice for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. We'll be posting videos, articles, how-to guides, and reviews on the latest and greatest technology!
May
7
2014

ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP - Review Benchmarks and Unboxing

ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP - Review Benchmarks and Unboxing

Introduction and Specifications

Although the R9 280X is pretty much just a rebrand of the 7970 Ghz edition, it doesn’t mean that you should put it aside. The ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP graphics card that we are looking at today is definitely a beast when it comes to price for performance.

The TOP or OC Edition of the DirectCU II cooler from ASUS is nothing new, but it sure does never get old. With its black and red color scheme, the ASUS R9 280X is definitely a card that would fit in right at home in most builds. The TOP cooler is also designed to make sure the card stays virtually silent when gaming. And yes, we couldn’t hear this card over the CPU cooler in our system even when running Heaven on loop.

General

The ASUS R9 280X does use an extra-wide PCB and cooler so you’ll want to make sure that it fits inside the case you plan on using. It does use a dual-fan setup with ASUS’ special CoolTech fan and the huge heat sinks ensure that your card stays cool even during the longest gaming sessions.

To power the graphics card, you’re going to need a single 8-pin PCIe and a 6-pin PCIe cable. As far as display connectivity goes, you’ll find the standard DisplayPort, HDMI port and Dual-DVI connections.

As far as specifications go, the ASUS R9 280X utilizes the “Tahiti" silicon with 2,048 stream processors, 128 texture memory units (TMUs), 32 raster operations units (ROPs), and a 384-bit memory bus with 3 GB of VRAM.

Because the ASUS R9 280X is a TOP edition card, it comes factory overclocked right out of the box. Unlike the reference 280X, the ASUS card comes clocked in at 1070 Mhz on the GPU. Not to mention, the added cooling is sure to help when it comes to further overclocking the card.

Benchmarks

When it comes to the benchmarks, the ASUS R9 280X sat right about where we suspected. It beats the reference design and even trades blows with the GTX 770.

Battlefield 4

In Battlefield 4, the ASUS R9 280X performed relatively where we expected it to. It beat both the reference R9 280X and the GTX 770 out by 4 fps. It's important to note that this benchmark is on the DX11 version of the game and not Mantle. With Mantle, the gap would be even further.

Bioshock Infinite

It seems that for every graphics card we test in Bioshock Infinite, NVIDIA solutions seem to always come out on top. The same results appears in this test where the ASUS R9 280X finished the benchmark with 5 fps lower than the GTX 770.

Crysis 3

Heaven 4.0

In the Heaven 4.0 benchmark, the ASUS R9 280X beat the GTX 770 by about 8 fps. Considering how heavily favored Heaven used to be towards NVIDIA graphics cards, it's amazing to see how driver optimizations have leveled the playing field.

Temperature

With the DirectCU II TOP cooler, the ASUS R9 280X ran cool and quiet during all of our tests. It never broke past 63C and we couldn't hear it over the CPU cooler.

Conclusion

In conclusion, at the price-point this graphics card hits, the ASUS R9 280X is a no brainer choice for someone looking to get a new graphics card. Although the GTX 770 does beat it in some benchmarks, it really does depend on what you plan on doing with your gaming computer. If you like to record gameplay and the features of GSYNC appeal to you, then perhaps the GTX 770 might be a better choice.

In addition, the silent operation of the card makes it viable for silent computing applications. Not everyone wants a roaring beast under their desk and this card is definitely one of the quietest cards that we’ve ever had in our lab.

Did You Enjoy this Article? Share it!


blog comments powered by Disqus

Monthly Newsletter


New DS Unlocked Articles


Far Cry 4 Graphics Comparison - Ultra to Low PC

Far Cry 4 Graphics Comparison - Ultra to Low PCWondering what Far Cry 4 will look like on your PC? Check out this graphics comparison of Far Cry 4 from Ultra to Low.......

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4K Gameplay

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4K GameplayWondering how Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looks at 4K? Check out our video!......

Evolve Alpha Gameplay: Max 1080p 60FPS

Evolve Alpha Gameplay: Max 1080p 60FPSCheck out our Evolve alpha gameplay on the PC with Max 1080p settings recorded at 60FPS.......

NVIDIA and AMD 1080p Benchmarks - October 2014

NVIDIA and AMD 1080p Benchmarks - October 2014With a new driver release comes better optimization and performance increase. Using the latest drivers (AMD 14.9 and NVIDIA 344.11), we re-benched all of our games to give you an updated loo...

4K vs 1080p Graphics Comparison: Ryse - Son of Rome

4K vs 1080p Graphics Comparison: Ryse - Son of RomeUsing Ryse: Son of Rome, we recorded footage at both 1920x1080 and 3840x2160 at Ultra settings to give you a feel for how the two differ.......

Ryse: Son of Rome 4K Ultra Gameplay on PC

Ryse: Son of Rome 4K Ultra Gameplay on PCWondering just how good Ryse: Son of Rome looks in 4K? Watch our video and find out!......


Facebook Fans