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MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Twin Frozr OC in CrossFire Video Card Review

MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Twin Frozr OC in CrossFire Video Card Review
We get a chance to run a pair of new Radeon R9 280X Twin Frozr Gaming video cards from MSI together in CrossFire mode. Let's see how it performs.
By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 9:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction

 

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CrossFire and SLI are both technologies that have really come so far since their introductions, but we really don't get a chance to test the technology nearly as much as we'd like. Fortunately today, though, we've got a chance to test out CrossFire on a pair of the new AMD Radeon R Series video cards.

 

The particular cards we're looking at today are the R9 280X 3GB offerings that comes from MSI and are part of the Twin Frozr Gaming series, which is one that has really impressed us since its introduction. We're also really glad to have the R9 280X 3GB as our first CrossFire setup. The other day we got the chance to check out the Sapphire R9 280X 3GB TOXIC and found ourselves really impressed with what the new model was able to do.

 

Today, though, is all about the MSI R9 280X 3GB Twin Frozr OC cards and we're looking forward to see what kind of performance CrossFire brings with the latest models.

 

Let's take a closer look at one of the cards, before we move into the performance side of things.

 

 

Package

 

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You can see the standard Twin Frozr Gaming color scheme here. You can see the model number in the top right corner and mention that we're dealing with an OC Edition in the bottom left corner.

 

Turning over you can see some of the main features including Military Class 4 components which bring with it Hi-C Caps and Solid Capacitors. Along with that, we've got support for the MSI Gaming App, Advanced Thermal Design via the Twin Frozr IV cooler and mention of UEFI BIOS support via the included switch that we'll take a closer look at in just a moment.

 

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Moving inside the package, you can see we've got a fairly standard with a quick user guide and driver CD. We've also got dual Molex to 6-pin PCIe and 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe connectors, DVI to VGA connector, CrossFire bridge and a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort connector.

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