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HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: HIS Digital

Test System Setup

 

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS, and Corsair.

 

While we have added a few new benchmarks to our lineup recently, we have been testing a bunch of video cards lately, and they're quickly getting filled up with results. The cards that will be sitting alongside our HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB at 1170MHz on the core include the lower-end HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB OC, the GIGABYTE R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC (which saw quite a strong out of the box overclock), and the Sapphire R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC.

 

Moving into the 290 range, we've got the HIS R9 290 4GB IceQ X2 Turbo, and the HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB, the latter of which was heavily overclocked to 1100MHz on the core, and 5700MHz QDR on the 4GB of GDDR4. From NVIDIA, we've got the reference GTX 770 2GB, and the ASUS GTX 780 ROG Poseidon Platinum 3GB OC.

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Second (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks:

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS, making sure that you can continue to aim easily, or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better, and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - This is the newest number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it, you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

 

 

Why are some graphs incomplete?

 

Adding new game benchmarks is a long, tedious, and time consuming task, as every video card has to be re-tested in those new benchmarks. For that reason, we have always just reevaluated our benchmark line up every six months. To stay up-to-date and current with the latest benchmarks and games available, we've changed our approach to adding new benchmarks.

 

Our benchmark line up will progress and be updated as newer, more intensive games with benchmarks comes to light. While this will mean that initially you may only see a single video card in those particular graphs, as the weeks go on and we test more and more video cards, the results will quickly grow. This will help keep our benchmark line up as up-to-date as possible as we introduce and remove games on a constant basis.

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