Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
It really comes as no surprise to us--and most likely to you too--that MSI has put together a really solid card here. The biggest question with the MSI R9 280X 6GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC is what's the price difference when compared to the 3GB version of the card. Comparing the two MSI Twin Frozr Gaming OC cards only, you're talking about a price difference of about $50 to $60.
With no surprise, the MSI R9 280X 6GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC is one of the most expensive R9 280X cards on the market. With that said, however, MSI is one of the few companies, or only company, to offer a 6GB variant of this model. In the end, though, this is all good and well. The main questions we need to answer are whether or not the extra memory justifies the $50 price increase and should you consider it?
Performance of the card is actually really strong. You can see at times with the overclock we manage to line up with the R9 290 4GB offering. On that note, we know the price of an MSI R9 290 4GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC is roughly 10 percent higher. It feels like ultimately you'd be better off throwing the extra money towards the R9 290 4GB, especially considering that you can throw some overclocking into the mix on that card as well, pushing performance even further.
Of course, you have to take note that the jump from a 3GB R9 280X to a 4GB R9 290 is around $100. You might be able to stretch the budget out to a 6GB version of the R9 280X but not stretch it as far to go into the R9 290 range. Overall, though, we'd have to say that the performance improvements on the card and general quality of the card make for a worthwhile price increase. If you can afford it and you're gaming at a higher resolution or on a multi monitor setup, then we'd say go for it.
From the bundle side of things, it's pretty strong, and outside of the performance, another area that stands out is the connectivity. We like the inclusion of two Mini DP ports. We like even more that MSI has thought about this being not a standard connection for people and has chosen to include a mini DP to DisplayPort connector in the bundle.
As for the quality of the card, it's typical MSI, and that's only a good thing. A 6GB card isn't going to be for everyone. If you're able to spend a bit more money and game at a higher resolution, we'd say take the jump on this 6GB card. Keep an eye out for an article comparing this card and our 3GB one on our new 4K monitor in the coming weeks. It will be extremely interesting to see what the extra memory does then.
PRICING: You can find the MSI R9 280X 6GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC Video Card for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The MSI R9 280X 6GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC Video Card retails for $499.27 at Amazon.
Canada: The MSI R9 280X 6GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC Video Card retails for CDN$557.88 at Amazon Canada.