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Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB TOXIC Video Card Review - The Card and Specifications

Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB TOXIC Video Card Review
We check out the brand new and very sexy looking R9 280X 3GB TOXIC from Sapphire. Let's see how our first custom 280X review sample performs.
By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 4:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire

The Card




The new Tri-X cooler looks awesome. Of course, the Tri name comes from the fact we're dealing with three fans. You can see the massive heatsink that sits behind it and hangs off the back of the card, along with the copper heat pipes that run throughout the heatsink. While we can't see much of the PCB, you can see that Sapphire has opted for a great looking matte black PCB.




Turning the card over, we can see the heatsink again hanging off the back. The main reason we're looking at the back of the card here, though, is because of the awesome looking plate covering the card. You can also see the little heatsinks at the back of the card for the memory. This really is an awesome looking card.






You can see we've got two power connectors in the form of two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. While we haven't yet had a chance to look at a reference R9 280X, this power connection setup is up on the standard setup, which includes a single 8-pin and single 6-pin PCIe power connector.


Staying across the top and moving to the front, you can see we've got two CrossFire connectors, giving us the ability to run up to three cards. Also here we have a switch that lets us swap between two BIOS's. This gives us the ability to switch between a UEFI and Non-UEFI BIOS depending on your platform. If you've using a UEFI based system, though, you shouldn't have to touch this button.




Finishing up our look at the card, we move to the I/O side of things, which is also improved on the reference design. We've got two DVI connectors, one in the form of a Dual-Link DVI and the other a Single-Link DVI connector. Along with that we've also got a HDMI connector and two Mini-DisplayPort connectors. This differs to the reference design which sees two Dual-Link DVI connectors, along with a single HDMI and DisplayPort connector.





When it comes to taking a look at the specifications, we have to remember that we're dealing with an overclocked card. Before we go into the exact details of just what we have here, we'll quickly cover what a reference card will carry.


Out of the box, a reference clocked card will see a 1000MHz core clock, alongside a 6000MHz QDR memory clock. Looking below, you can see that Sapphire is offering us quite the overclock, with the core being pushed up to 1150MHz and the 3GB of GDDR5 which sits on a 384-bit memory bus coming in at 6400MHz QDR.




Some of the other key specifications for the card include the 2048 Stream Processors and 32 ROPs. Including this we've also got a number of other features that are new to the R7 and R9 series. Instead of repeating them again if you didn't read our first review on the R7 260X 2GB, we'd recommend you head over to page two of it to learn more about TrueAudio and the new API features and over to the R9 270X 2GB review to read a bit more on the new Eyefinity features that are brought to the table.

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