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Video Card

MSI Radeon R9 280 3 GB TWIN FROZR Video Card

(19 Ratings, 4.7 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

MSI

Part #

R9 280 GAMING 3G

Manufacturer

MSI

Chipset

Radeon R9 280

Memory

3 GB

Memory Type

GDDR5

Core Clock

933 MHz

Boost Clock

1000 MHz

Effective Memory Clock

5000 MHz

Interface

PCIe x16

Color

Black / Red

SLI/CrossFire

  • 4-way CrossFire Capable
  • 3-way CrossFire Capable
  • 2-way CrossFire Capable

Frame Sync

None

Length

268 mm

TDP

200 W

DVI Ports

1

HDMI Ports

1

Mini-HDMI Ports

0

DisplayPort Ports

0

Mini-DisplayPort Ports

2

Expansion Slot Width

2

Cooling

2 Fans

External Power

1 PCIe 8-pin + 1 PCIe 6-pin

DVI-I Dual-Link

1

HDMI

1

Mini-Display Port

2

Price History

    Reviews

    AncientArchon
    • 21 points
    • 56 months ago

    from completed build Obsidian Dragon

    Wonderful card for the price. Hard to beat MSI Twin Frozr 280 for $200. Only downside is the locked core voltage. Limits the overclocking potential. Still able to get excellent performance from it.

    Termiux
    • 15 points
    • 57 months ago

    from completed build Athena AMD Balance Gaming build

    Pros: I got it at a good price <$200 is very nice Overclocks very well Low temps under 40's idle and mids 50's under load (gaming) Low noise (at least with fans under 60%, anything over you will hear) All the standard inputs (just wishing for standard display port but it has mini so its fine) Includes accessories in the box that's nice. Good looking MSI gaming app allows you to oc 70mhz with 1 click which is nice but not really noticeable.

    Furmark and Afterburner helped me get this card from 933Mhz to 1150Mhz on the core with mid to low 60's temps during stress testing.

    I had no trouble with $20 rebate, just sent the required docs, but did took some time to get it around 2 months. Cons: At over 60% the fans start to really make noise. The "auto" fan control is a bit too conservative for my taste, but this can be fixed easily with afterburner custom fan curve, so no big deal. Other Thoughts:

    Before buying it I check some reviews and its what I expected it, no more and no less.

    I cannot play every game at max settings, but I do play most games somewhere between high and ultra depending on the game with some games getting around 50fps and others 100+fps.

    Teoteska
    • 12 points
    • 58 months ago

    from completed build Teo Teska Mini ITX 2015

    Huge card, just barely fits in a Core V1, but thats not a bad thing. Overclocks well. Manually turning the fan up keeps this thing more than cool, even while way overclocked. Noticed 2 single frame artifacts so far, about a week apart, while not overclocked. None this week (3rd week of ownership).

    Easily plays minecraft with shaders and 32 bit texture pack + 9 blocks render distance, overclock to 16 blocks render distance smoothly.

    sethmayer9
    • 1 point
    • 49 months ago

    from completed build My First PC

    This MSI R9 280 may be sold out now, but trust me when I say it packs some serious power. I run most games at 60fps ultra with some shadows turned down (Thanks FX-6300 :( ) It has great overclocking capabilities and I pushed it with about a 15% overclock.

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