Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
The PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280 3GB OC is going to set you back around $240, which sits around the middle of the scale when compared to its competition. Overall, the price isn't too bad. I think the one thing that lets us down a bit is the bundle and its lack of MiniDP to DP connector. Sure, the bundles on a lot of video cards these days aren't huge, but it would've been nice to see this small addition included; especially when the bundle on this particular card is smaller than usual, and the card does offer two MiniDP connectors on board.
Looking at the base clock of the card, the out of the box overclocks, and the bundle that PowerColor has put together, we'd say that this is a pretty strong offering. It's not the strongest we've seen, but it's not too bad either. The quality of the cooler is strong, and you can see that even in CrossFire, it continues to put out very impressive numbers.
Speaking of which, CrossFire performance is really strong. If we had to sum it up, we'd say that the CrossFire setup has no problems dealing with a heavily overclocked R9 290X. Today, you saw that our CrossFire setup could dependably battle it out with the Hybrid cooled HIS R9 290X we looked at recently, and have absolutely no problem taking on the reference R9 290X 4GB.
What it really comes down to when comparing setups like these are the prices. If you're going to jump on the R9 290X 4GB bandwagon, you're going to be looking at around the $550 mark. Out of the box, you're also not going to have the same kind of clocks as your heavily overclocked versions today. It's fairly safe to say that out of the box, the CF setup we looked at here today is going to outperform just about any R9 290X 4GB out of the box.
Doing the math, two of the PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280 3GB OC cards are going to set you back around $480. Depending on the version of the R9 280s you choose, though, you could get that number closer to the $450 mark, or even lower. This really seems like a great deal at the end of the day. Sure, CrossFire isn't perfect, and Nexuix and PSO 2 still show issues with the technology, but looking through your AAA titles, you will see good, solid performance.
The R9 280 3GB really has become a great mid-range card for us. At under the mid $200 price point, it offers some great bang for your buck. Looking today, you have seen how throwing two into the mix helps offer some excellent performance at a really cost effective price point. CrossFire continues to be fun technology, and we're really looking forward to overclocking the CrossFire MSI setup next to see just how much performance we can get out of the setup.
PRICING: You can find the PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280 3GB OC 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 PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280 3GB OC retails for $268.83 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks -Metro: Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Hitman: Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]
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