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ASUS MATRIX-R9280X-P-3GD5 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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MATRIX-R9280X-P-3GD5

 

MATRIX-R9280X-P-3GD5
ASUS ROG MATRIX R9 280X: Ultimate Overclocking and Gaming Power
  • Top-selected 1100MHz cores run 175MHz higher than reference for smoother gameplay.
  • VGA Hotwire connects card and ROG board voltage regulators for accurate and solder-free hardware-level voltage control.
  • TweakIt offers real-time fingertip-controlled hardware-level voltage adjustment by simply pressing the + and - buttons.
  • Acclaimed DIGI+ VRM joins superior quality 20-phase Super Alloy Power to drive precise digital control for enhanced performance, reliability, and card longevity.
  • ROG GPU Tweak suite offers the world's first graphics overclocking tool with loadline calibration and VRM overclocking.

 

 
 
 

ASUS Exclusive Innovation

VGA Hotwire

 

VGA Hotwire
Quick Hardware-Level Voltage Tuning
DIY modification of voltages on MATRIX R9 280X becomes simple by removing the need for complicated and risky soldering. Just connect the wires from dedicated headers on compatible ROG motherboards to VGA Hotwire connectors on MATRIX R9 280X, after which you can change voltages directly on the hardware level through the ASUS UEFI BIOS or via the Windows-based Ai Suite II.

 

TweakIt

 

TweakIt
Instant Voltage Adjustment
TweakIt provides flexible overclocking control even when gaming or running benchmarks! The + and - buttons put overvolting adjustments at your fingertips, with more power translating into the faster and smoother gaming you crave and the winning edge you require during intense multiplayer action and competitive benchmarking.

 

Turbo Fan Activator

 


Turbo Fan Activator
One-Press 100% Fan Speed
Instantly trigger the dual 100mm fans to 100% speed regardless of driver settings. This proves very useful in extreme overclocking and other heavy workload scenarios where rapid heat evacuation and max cooling are a must.

 

Safe Mode

 


Safe Mode
One-Press VBIOS Reload
The Safe Mode button resets the graphics card back to default frequencies and BIOS settings. This is a very useful feature for hardware enthusiasts and experimental tuning - think of it like the motherboard's clear CMOS function.

 

DIGI+ VRM with 20-phase Super Alloy Power

 

DIGI+ VRM with 20-phase Super Alloy Power
Precise Digital Control Enhances Performance, Reliability, and Card Longevity
MATRIX R9 280X is built with a carefully-designed massive 20-phase power delivery, unmatched by any other graphics card for the ultimate in performance and spectacular power delivery. This ensures ample room for experimental performance tuning, as its DIGI+ VRM digital voltage regulation design augments precision overclocking capabilities, which are further supported by the use of hardened Super Alloy Power capacitors, chokes, and MOSFETs. These components are forged under extreme pressure and temperatures to increase reliability, power output, and overall card lifespan while eliminating bothersome choke buzzing noise, unlike much tamer reference cards. All these and more enable the absolute best in overclocking potential and experience.

 

DirectCU II

 


DirectCU II
20% Cooler and 3X* Quieter
ASUS DirectCU thermal design utilizes all-copper heatpipes so heat is dissipated efficiently. DirectCU II generates 6X greater airflow yet performs 3X quieter than reference in idle and full load thanks to dual 100mm sound-dampening fans.
*Equivalent to 14dB

 

MATRIX LED Load Indicator

 


MATRIX LED Load Indicator
GPU Loading At-a-Glance
A color-coded LED MATRIX indicator at the back of the ROG MATRIX graphics card gives real time and easy-to-understand visual display of the current GPU workload, with colors changing dynamically depending your card’s work load.

 

GPU Tweak

 


GPU Tweak
The World's First Graphics Overclocking Tool with Loadline Calibration and VRM Overclocking.
Easily fine-tune core and memory clocks, voltages, and fan settings intuitively via sliders or manual value entry. MATRIX R9 280X arrives with a new ROG edition of GPU Tweak, which adds detailed GPU loadline calibration and VRM frequency tuning, allowing for the most extensive control and adjustment parameters for maximum overclocking potential.

 

Graphics GPU Features
Powered by AMD Radeon™ R9 280
Powered by AMD Radeon™ R9 280
AMD Eyefinity™Technology
AMD Eyefinity™ Technology

Extend the view across up to six displays to immerse yourself in game play and entertainment.

CrossFire X Support
CrossFireX Support

Multi-GPU technology for extreme performance.

AMD HD3D
AMD HD3D

Immerse yourself in stereoscopic 3D gaming and get up close and personal with your favorite stars while watching Blu-ray 3D. AMD HD3D is also designed for professionals who create complex visual effects and detailed data visualizations.

PCI Express 3.0
PCI Express 3.0

Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe 2.0 for faster GPU-CPU communication.

Microsoft DirectX 11.2 API
Microsoft DirectX 11.2 API

Brings new levels of visual realism to gaming on the PC and get top-notch performance.

I/O Ports Highlights
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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jim R.
  • 8/9/2014 11:17:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWAS a great card...WAS

Pros: It was a gread video card, ran all games smoothly.

Cons: Artifacts followed by black screen on startup. Tried reinstalling drivers, still no luck.

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  • James S.
  • 6/25/2014 9:45:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent card.

Pros: Runs cool and quiet. Runs my newer games at 2560x1440 on Ultra without issues. It's massive and heavey but rigid in the case due to the backplate and support arm.

Cons: It's huge and heavy. This isn't really a con to me as I knew that going it, but it should be noted. Also I can't find a second one now to crossfire it.

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  • Kyle E.
  • 5/15/2014 9:22:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing Paperweights

Pros: When they work, they are fantastic. They have taken everything I've thrown at it (including Battlefield 4) and run it at absolute max settings, 2560x1080, with a second screen playing Netflix typically and hardly bat an eye. They even stay reasonably cool while doing it. Again, this is WHEN they decide to work.

Cons: Where to begin. They don't seem to like doing much of anything that requires work. They are very finicky cards. I could be playing Battlefield 4 for hours on end, quit out, watch a youtube video and suddenly my entire PC locks up with day ending artifact, and the only way to recover is by restarting in safe mode and reinstalling the drivers. Sometimes I'll boot up my computer and can't load Explorer without artifacting, other times I'll get a nice neon pink transparent bar along the length of my screen, again requiring multiple restarts or driver reinstallation to recover.

They regularly cause a frozen desktop/sound loop crash. When this happens, I'm forced to shut down and restart, and then I have to choose what I do very carefully upon restart. If I immediately attempt to do anything that could put even a modicum of strain on the video cards will result in the same frozen desktop/sound loop crash. If I boot up and leave it alone for a few moments, it will be fine for a couple hours before I can expect another crash. As of right now I am afraid to open Netflix, as that is what cause the last string of crashes. Updating the drivers to the current 14.xx version is even worse, resulting in much more consistent problems.

These are very broken cards and I cannot recommend them to anyone who needs a reliable PC. They are entirely unpredictable and will break at unexpected intervals. Right now their least favorite thing is opening up the WildStar website. This is a guaranteed crash at the moment, who knows when it will go away.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately I am burdened with two of these cards. I took a risk and bought one immediately when they became available, and another was gifted to me at the same time. Whether they are run in CrossfireX or standalone, I am met with all of the same issues. No matter the driver version, card temperature, or activity, these cards will fail on me, frequently. They are a very disappointing investment, and it was clear ASUS realized they made a mistake when they were discontinued shortly after release. Some say that it's because they are a limited edition card. I can only assume they are limited edition because they are garbage.

I have certainly learned my lesson in purchasing new video cards. Thanks, ASUS.

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  • Joshua R.
  • 1/24/2014 11:02:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsArtifacting from day 1

Pros: When this card worked for the first 12 hours it was the most powerful and amazing GPU I've ever purchased (even at the hyperinflated price I bought it at last week).

Cons: Within 24 hours I decided to actually use the card to its potential, but not even maxing things just normal usage mind you, it artifacted on EVERYTHING. I mean even browsing Reddit on Chrome caused artifacting. Filed RMA 1/23, mailed in 1/24, we'll see how this goes...

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the display card. At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email, and we can discuss this case further. Within the email, please provide the following information: drivers installed, troubleshooting steps tried, test applications used, video card BIOS installed, computer part list, operating system; and if you are using an ASUS M/B, the BIOS version installed. 3478031.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Anthony S.
  • 1/9/2014 12:10:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat when it worked

Pros: To this date, I really don't have much in the way of pros. When it ran CORRECTLY it was awesome.

Cons: Pretty much had trouble from day one with artifacting and flickering. I attributed this to a driver issue and was waiting for an updated driver release from AMD. I installed the beta driver and it improved very little. One day I restarted my machine and whenever it boots into windows it crashed. I have already RMA'd this card once and have gotten it back with the very same results. I have tried multiple slots and drivers to no avail. I have even reverted back to using the driver off of the CD that came with the card to make sure, nothing. The card boots and then crashes. I put my old XFX HD6950 into the machine and voila, no problems. I am not really happy about going through another RMA process to get my BRAND NEW card to work, and I am leaning toward asking for a refund from the mfr. (hopefully.) This is really a crying shame as I was about to buy an ASUS mobo to go with this card, but to be honest, I have a really bad taste in my mouth about ASUS right now and I don;t think I'll be buying anything from them again, and I will also be advising my gaming squad the same. I'll be sticking with XFX from my graphics needs from now on and keeping Gigabyte as my mobo supplier.

Other Thoughts: Just really disgruntled.

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  • Ryan B.
  • 12/27/2013 12:10:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNeeds a bit of time.

Pros: *The card is solid

*The card runs everything max

*The card looks good

Cons: The Gpu tool that comes with the card does not seem to correctly adjust the fan settings on the card causing it to overheat if you are not careful.

Other Thoughts: When using the GPU tool just set the fans at about 55% and it will run your games smoothly at a solid 40C Battlefield 4 max. Drivers need time to update.

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  • Vineet K.
  • 11/22/2013 7:34:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very fast card and excellent cooling. Can run battlefield 4 ultra at 70 fps with 4x aa. With fans around 50 does not go above 58 C.

Cons: Latest AMD beta drivers give bad artifacts, have to use driver from Asus website. Manual fan speed control seems somewhat strange, need to set each fan slightly different, I.e. 51 and 52.

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  • John L.
  • 11/21/2013 5:59:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnreliable junk from a formerly great manufacturer that no longer stands behind their products

Pros: - Has enough output ports to run almost almost any monitor configuration off of just the one card, if you could actually keep it running properly.
- Should have provided 20% better performance than a typical Radeon R9 280X / 7970 GHz Edition.
- Appears to be solidly built, other than the fact that it is completely unreliable and failure-prone.

Cons: - Completely unreliable, even in its stock configuration.
- Manufacturer's support is a joke.

Other Thoughts: Five days after I received this card, it completely failed - Any PC that has it installed now won't even POST, let alone boot. I had not overclocked it or modified it in any way, and it had never been under heavy load or high temperature. I had run a few quick benchmarks to make sure it operated as expected, but other than that, it was just displaying my desktop. Suddenly, the screen went all white, and after that any PC with the card installed would refuse to POST.

Foolishly, instead of immediately returning it to NewEgg, I opened an RMA with Asus. I was told that they'd be happy to cross-ship a replacement as soon as I filled out some paperwork, because they had replacement hardware on hand. Two weeks later, and they had finally acknowledged that I'd sent them everything they needed to process the RMA, and that the replacement had been shipped via FedEx. After another two weeks of no package arriving, I called back and this time was told that in fact nothing had shipped because there were no replacements on-hand.

The entire "support" process has been a farce. I'm convinced at this point that everyone who answers the phone at Asus "support" is just making up whatever they think will get the call finished as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, I've got a ridiculously-overpriced paperweight. I have extremely low confidence that I will ever have a working version of this card. At this point, I would much rather just have my money back so that I can buy a card from a manufacturer who actually cares about getting repeat business from customers instead of selling faulty junk and then offering excuses for not replacing it immediately.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the display card and your RMA. At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email, and we can discuss this case further. Within the email, please include the serial number of the motherboard, your RMA number , and your reference number (3215229).

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • isabelino f.
  • 11/21/2013 2:40:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Asus does it again!

Pros: Can Handle any game I load up @ high to ultra settings @ 1920 x 1080 the led light are nice just looking at that can tell you the load on gpu give you a idea Well made duel Fan heat pipes are bigger then others easy to O.C don't know why @ 1100mhz is darn good! very happy with purchase!!! temp steady @ 79c @ 98% load

Cons: No Hdmi that is it really ..oh she a big card

Other Thoughts: what I ran into Do not run Gpu overdrive on amd catalyst I did that by mistake had driver crashes as soon it hit heavy load it would crash I think it was conflicting with each other just shut off Gpu overdrive and just use gpu tweak from asus

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/17/2013 1:56:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsVery good card

Pros: -One of the best looking card (just like any other ROG)
-Excellent power supply with the custom phases
-Runs acceptable temps even in hot tropical ambient.

Cons: -Four of the memory chips aren't cooled with heatsink
-Active DP adapter needed to use eyefinity with DVI

Other Thoughts: This is a very good card. It would be perfect if all the memory chips were equally cooled and if Asus had used a custom output interface (just like the 280x DCii) and maybe the new fans used also in the new DCii cooler because of the better airflow with two different fans.

This is an OVERCLOCKER card, so I don't get people not tweaking their card too solve the artifacts/flickering problems which are most likely caused by offset voltages (of course there are some cases where you may receive a defective card, but that is to be expected from any manufacturer).

Texture flickering is mostly cause by overvolted memory, you need to bring the voltages down to 1.5v and start overclocking your memory from there. Artifacts are normally caused by undervolted chips, but in this case, the most important parts of this card are the VRMs, so unless you are liquidcooling them or using an aggressive fan profile in a cold ambient, you need to reduce the stress on them as much as possible. So a nicely voltage-tweaked profile will solve most of the problems people are having.

Besides those issues, the card works as intended. The default voltages are way too high so you need to adjust them, and then all the flickering issues and artifacts are gone. As I said, this is a card meant to be used by enthusiast overclockers. If your are not one, you are better getting another model.

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