We've already had the chance to check out two of the new R series cards from AMD in the form of the AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB and AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB reference models, and both did an excellent job of impressing us. The R7 260X really hits at the right price point and the R9 270X comes in also at a strong price point. Performance, though, is slightly better than we expected on the model when compared to the more expensive GTX 760, and for that reason, we felt it was a more all-round model.
Today we get to step it up in two ways. First we get to see the model that sits above the just looked at R9 270X. Along with that, we also get to look at our first retail card, and we've got to say that from first glance, we've started off with quite the looker.
The Sapphire R9 280X 3GB TOXIC is a great looking card as you can see above in our introduction image. You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, though, as they say, so we won't read into it too much. If past experience is anything to go by, though, we should have quite the card on our hand.
Mentioning again that this card is our first retail one it also means that instead of going straight into the card like our previous R series cards, we'll be checking out the bundle that Sapphire is offering. So, let's get into that before we get into the real fun stuff and see just what the brand new Sapphire R9 280X 3GB TOXIC is capable of achieving.
Checking out the box, you can see that Sapphire has got a new design which looks good. You can see across the top that we're dealing with the R9 280X and this particular one is part of the popular TOXIC series. We can also see across the bottom of the box some of the main features which include 3GB of GDDR5, pre-overclock, along with the new Tri-X Cooler. Turning over, we see some of the main features again, with a bit more detail.
Diving inside the package, you can see a typical Sapphire setup, which includes the normal array of paperwork and driver CD. Along with those, we've got a CrossFire bridge, Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort connector, two Dual-Molex to 8-pin PCIe connectors, and a HDMI cable to round things out.