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GIGABYTE Radeon R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 2:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

4K - 3840x2160 Testing

 

 

4K monitors are the next step for gamers demanding the best in image quality. With four times the pixels of a standard 1920x1080 monitor (meaning 4x the intensity), 3840x2160 brings with it a new level of intensity to video cards.

 

Wanting to make sure that you're buying the right video card for a monitor that offers such a large resolution, we test the latest and greatest video cards in a couple of benchmarks to give you an idea of just what kind of setup you require.

 

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Cranking up the resolution, we can see that the GIGABYTE R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC sits almost perfectly between the R9 270X and R9 280X.

 

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Looking above, you can see that everything but the overclocked R9 290X 4GB falls short of that playable 60 FPS number we need.

 

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Hitman Absolution performance on all setups here is just too low, with the GIGABYTE R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC having no chance.

 

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Tomb Raider is no doubt one of our more intensive options, and you can see that the FPS just plummet. While we manage to see the GIGABYTE R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC perform well against the R9 270X 2GB, overall performance is just way too low.

 

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With the resolution right up, we surprisingly see the GIGABYTE R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC get a solid 33 FPS minimum at 4K. Unfortunately, the 44 FPS average is just way too low.

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