Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
Heading over to Newegg, we see that most R9 280X 3GB variations come in between $299 and $319, depending on the cooler, overclock, and brand. The good news is that the VisionTek offering comes in at the lower-end of the scale, falling in at $299 at the time of writing. The fact that the model isn't overclocked means that we would expect that.
On the other hand, the card of course carries with it a custom cooler, but more importantly a Lifetime Warranty. Lifetime Warranties are a funny thing, with most cards seeing something around the 2 year mark; if you're a regular upgrader I personally feel that a Lifetime Warranty is pointless. On the other hand, if you're somebody who is looking to buy a video card and keep it for longer, the longer warranty can of course come in handy. This plays even a bigger part when you consider that a video card can quite often be one of the most expensive components in your system.
Moving away from the pricing side of things and talking about the card and its bundle a bit more, we can see that in typical fashion, the bundle hasn't got a whole lot going on. Most companies are pretty light on the bundle side of things these days and the VisionTek R9 280X 3GB is again no different. Saying that, you really do have everything you need to get up and running. As always though, we'd recommend you head on over to the AMD website to grab the latest drivers so you get the most performance out of your card.
As for the card itself, it's a pretty strong one. The price is good and the cooler does a good job of keeping the core cool without putting out too much noise. As for the performance of the card, it's that of a reference R9 280X 3GB since it's of course coming in at reference clocks. Talking about the specifics that are related to the reference clocks though, we can see that we're sitting in line with the HD 7970 GHz Edition, to ahead of it by a decent chunk at times.
Compared to the NVIDIA side of things, we can see it bounces a little all over the place against the reference GTX 770 2GB. Sometimes it falls behind, other times it comes out ahead and manages to offer playable FPS where the NVIDIA offering fails. Considering we're $30 - $100 cheaper depending on the brand though, you could say that the VisionTek R9 280X 3GB is an easy buy.