Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
As you'd expect, the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB video card carries with it a price premium. What you probably don't expect is for that premium to be only $10 over the standard $299.99 price tag. Hitting at $309.99, it really does hit at a slightly better price point than we expected. Normally we'd expect maybe $15 - $20 over the standard price. Sure, $5 - $10 less isn't much, but at the end of the day, it all adds up when building a PC.
Checking out the bundle, it's all very typical of most cards these days. We really don't have much going on at all. This has been a trend for a while now and we'd rather companies concentrated on the card itself and its features then some game that we probably already own or never want.
Performance is strong and the overclocking potential is excellent. Running at over 1200MHz on the core really yields some excellent performance, as we saw today. Combining the strong overclocking potential with the excellent quality of the cooler, we really do have quite a strong all round video card that ticks all the boxes.
AMD's Radeon R9 280X on a whole is an excellent model and the ASUS variation is a strong offering which brings with it some features that really help the model stand out from the pack. While the out of the box overclock isn't the strongest, fire up your favorite overclocking software, and you can find out what the R9 280X is really capable of doing.
If you're a fan of ASUS products on a whole and you're looking for a new video card that is around that $300 mark, this is a really excellent option. We'd really recommend you get a little bit into the overclocking side of things, though, to see just what you can get out of the card, since the potential for it is built into it. It's both fun and brings with it a strong boost in performance at no extra cost.