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XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double D Black Edition OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: XFX

The Card




While the Double Dissipation cards aren't new to us, you can see the overall design of the XFX R9 280X Double D Black Edition OC here is a little different than we've seen before. Looking above, you can see we've got two nice 90mm fans on the card surrounded by a great looking shroud with just a simple XFX logo seen on the far right.


Looking behind the fans, you can see the massive heat sink setup that is going on that covers the entire card. Looking a little more carefully, you can also see the copper pipes that are helping draw the heat away from the R9 280X core.






Moving around the card, you can see a very standard setup going on. Power comes in the form of two connectors: one is a 6-Pin PCIe Power Connector and the other is an 8-Pin one. Staying across the top of the card, you can see moving closer to the front we've got two CrossFire connectors here in the event that you want to throw more than one card into the mix here.




The I/O side of things sees two DVI connectors; one is a Dual-Link DVI-I connector while the other is a Single-Link DVI-D connector. Along with that, you can see we've got a full size HDMI 1.4a port and two Mini DP connectors to round things off. You can see we've also got the XFX logo cut out in the back plate, and it looks very cool.





Out of the box, a reference R9 280X 3GB will bring with it a 1,000MHz core. As for the 3GB of GDDR5, that will see a reference clock speed of 6,000MHz QDR. With the XFX R9 280X Double D Black Edition OC being a Black Edition card, that means that the card will carry with it an out-of-the-box overclock.




Looking above, you can see that XFX has pushed the core up to a solid 1,080MHz. As for the 3GB of GDDR5--most companies tend to leave that alone--you can see that XFX has also slightly bumped that up to 6,200MHz QDR. Overall, this is a nice overclock and should bring with it some strong performance.

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