We straight away appreciate the black on black color scheme. We always love when companies opt for a black PCB as it does look great, especially when pitted up against a black PCB motherboard.
Taking a look at the cooler, it takes up most of the card, with it even shooting over the end of the card. There are three heat pipes coming out the bottom of the card, along with another coming out the top. Like most higher-end coolers these days, there is a dual fan setup.
Power comes in the form of a single 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connector. Continuing across the top of the card and moving closer to the front, there is a pair of CrossFire connectors in the event you want to throw more than one card into the mix.
Finishing up our look at the card, we head over to the I/O. Here you can see we've got two DVI ports, one in the form of a DVI-D and the other in the form of DVI-I. Along with those two ports, you can see we've also got a HDMI and DisplayPort connector to round things off.
Being a video card that carries the TOP label of course means that out of the box ASUS has overclocked the card. Looking below, you can see out of the box the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB comes with a core clock of 1070MHz, while the 3GB of GDDR5 comes in at 6400MHz QDR. While the memory remains the same as a stock model, you can see that the core clock has been increased by 70MHz over the default 1000MHz.
Today, though, we wanted to see just how much performance we could get out of the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP. Firing up our overclocking software, you can see above that we managed to push the core up to 1225MHz, while the 3GB of GDDR5 was pushed to 6800MHz QDR.
While the memory clock isn't huge, the core clock is strong and that is what generally brings the biggest performance gains.
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