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MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 1792 Stream Processors
  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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R9 280 GAMING 3G

R9 280 GAMING 3G


Now You're Gaming with MSI

R9 280 GAMING 3G

A graphics card is the single most important element for more FPS. As gamers, we understand that not just any graphics card "will do." That's why we bring you the best of the best. We don't want to bug you with noise and heat, but we DO want to give you more performance. With MSI GAMING series graphics cards, you get just that.

R9 280 GAMING 3G
R9 280 GAMING 3G

Pre Overclocked

Most MSI Gaming graphics cards come pre-overclocked from the factory. This simply means you get more performance out of your card without spending any time on checking for maximum clocks and stability. Pre-overclocked graphics cards simply give more performance and you don't have to worry about damaging your card, it is completely covered by our warranty!

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Gaming App

Easy Tune, Easy Play

OC Mode

Tune up core clock and fan speed to gain a best performance.

Gaming Mode (Default)

Provide a stable gaming experience with higher core clock.

Silent Mode

The best operating environment with fabulous low noise.
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Advanced Twin Frozr IV

MSI's Twin Frozr has been the industry defining graphics card cooler. The first Twin Frozr kicked of the dual-fan trend and today MSI stays true to its dual-fan dual-slot design where others have to resort to less effective means.

The other part that the Twin Frozr cooler uses is a large Aluminium fin grid array that provides a huge amount of surface area for cooling. Heat from the GPU is transferred to the fin grid array by virtue of heat pipes with MSI's special SuperPipe technology. SuperPipes transfer heat twice as fast as regular heat pipes enabling an MSI GAMING graphics card to stay cooler than the competition.

Futhermore, MSI provides all new Airflow Control technology on the Twin Frozr. This new thermal technology leads airflow to the heat pipe by a special deflector on the heatsink, so it can increase the flow of air directly. In addition, this exclusive heatsink design increases the area of the heatsink to enhance dissipation even more.

Military Class Components

One of the deciding factors in performance is the quality of the components used. That is why MSI only uses MIL-STD-810G certified components for its Gaming cards because only these components have proven able to withstand the torturous circumstances of extreme gaming and overclocking.

Solid Caps

With their aluminum core design, solid caps have been a staple in high-end mainboard designs and provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as an over-10-year lifespan.

R9 280 GAMING 3G

Hi-C Caps

A Hi-C Cap is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-C Caps, MSI's mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

R9 280 GAMING 3G

Solid State Choke

It's a new generation, form-in-one choke, which doesn't generate vibration noise under heavy loads & provides 37.5% higher current output comparing with traditional ring chokes. This is very important when your GPU is overclocked or under high loads, since it requires even more electricity.

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Experience - Predator

Share for Fun

A built-in screen and video capturing tool named Predator which captures your screen as still images or videos with the push of a button and allows you to capture and record your coolest, goofiest, and most awesome gaming moments on your PC!


MSI Afterburner has quickly become the favorite overclocking software for media, overclockers and end-users. Because of its simple interface, it's easy to learn, but it packs a lot of powerful features like an integrated benchmark utility - called Kombustor - that can check your system performance in benchmarking mode, or run as a stability test.

Don't speak English? No problem: MSI Afterburner is translated in many languages including Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Korean! Not satisfied with the looks? Just change to one of the many different skins or create one yourself with ease!

Even better, you can run Afterburner straight from your smartphone! Download the MSI Afterburner App from Google Play or the Apple store and start overclocking.

R9 280 GAMING 3G
Graphics Engine AMD Radeon™ R9 280
Bus Standard PCI Express x16 3.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size (MB) 3072
Memory Interface 384 bits
Core Clock Speed (MHz) 933MHz Core (Boost Clock: 1000MHz) (OC mode)
933MHz Core (Boost Clock: 972MHz) (Gaming mode)
933MHz Core (Boost Clock: 933MHz) (Silent mode)
Memory Clock Speed (MHz) 5000
DVI Output
1 (Dual-link DVI-I)
HDMI-Output 1 (version 1.4a)
Mini DisplayPort 2
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Dual-link DVI Y
Display Output (Max. Resolution) 2560 x 1600
DirectX Version Support 11.2
OpenGL Version Support
CrossFire Support Y
Card Dimension 10.6 x 5 x 1.5 inches (269 x 128 x 37mm)
Weight 1.8lbs (849g)

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

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  • Jay E.
  • 4/24/2015 8:18:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCouldn't be happier

Pros: Great performance out of the box, with plenty of headroom for further tweaking.
MSI Afterburner allows granular control of the fan speed curve, which really helps you keep things cool when you're pushing the card.
Plays modern titles (i.e. Dragon Age: Inquisition) at 1080p with most settings maxed out; the 3 gigs of RAM is particularly helpful with AA and high resolution textures.
Excellent build quality.

Cons: AMD drivers seem to require a bit more user configuration than NVIDIA, but it's a minor inconvenience if you know what to do. Less-experienced users may need to do a bit of research / experimenting to get things optimized.

Other Thoughts: For the price, you'd really be hard-pressed to get more graphical bang for your buck. Yes, the R9 280 was not priced for value upon release, but AMD's price drop on the series has really made this a competitive model. You could get a GTX 960 around the same price range, but if you can do without PhysX, the extra memory on this model can give you a lot more headroom. Combine that with outstanding overclock potential (my particular card is stable @ 1140MHz core / 1700Mhz mem), and this thing can easily match a GTX 770. Running with an AMD Phenom II 965 BE OC'd to 4.0 GHz, the CPU is now the bottleneck, as further increases to CPU multi seem to have a substantial impact to fps with the card clocks maxed out.

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  • Robert J.
  • 4/18/2015 6:49:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt works... for a while

Pros: I selected this card so that i could run a eyefinity.
it can run my games at over 100 FPS at 1080.
Hardly any lagging on video.

Cons: When i finally got my 3 monitors, setup was troublesome. At least once a week i had this issue. I would turn on my computer and the left monitor would not be receiving an imput, and my other two monitors would be set to 600X800 resolution. A few times just restarting my computer would fix this. Many times it would not. I had to log into my computer and rest the resolution, then restart the computer because it would not be able to detect the third monitor. However this problem started happening more and more often. This latest time, the only way that i have been able to fix the problem was to attach a different HDMI cable. this solution worked for the day. then the next day it broke again. I tried resetting all the drivers. that was a pain and still didn't work. sense then i haven't been able to get all three to connect at the same time. It has gotten to the point that it doesn't even recognize the HDMI output has something plugged into it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/14/2015 11:41:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs4k gaming

Pros: running most games in 4k at high and ultra settings at 4096x2160p and 3840x2160p getting between 30 to 50fps depending on the game sometimes higher,,,,vary impressive for what model it is,,,and if crossfired it blows the 290x away, I'd love to see the specs with all 3 cards crossfire crossfired,

Cons: don't like the gaming app, I wish it would let afterburner control the fan speeds,

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  • Oscar I.
  • 4/12/2015 12:10:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: Good design, most possible at low temp, and noise is acceptable at any rate, OC version which good for me price and value..

Cons: somehow the temp is getting a little bit higher rather those not OC version.. mostly at 60C and idle mode 30-40C

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/11/2015 9:25:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The card itself looks good. Not bad for the price.

Cons: I am now on my second card and this one looks like it needs to be replaced as well. I have not even had time to start over clocking my new system b/c both the MSI mobo and GPUs are crapping out. With the system idol no issues, as soon as I start to browse the web I get screen artifacts and after images flickers. All with stock settings. Two cards in a row have done this. I dont know MSI's Intel and NVIDIA G Gaming lines but their AMD products need work. The 970 Gaming mobo is another story for another time. just stay away from this card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/6/2015 6:36:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy with what i got

Pros: this thing pushes some power . it high frame rate helps me with 3d construction and is a nice looking card

Cons: big card but not a problem for me but maybe for someone else

Other Thoughts: This was my first pc build I like the fact that the card come with after burner cause it made the fine touches that much easier

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  • Alexander L.
  • 4/6/2015 1:09:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDeal

Pros: Does the job for cheap.

Cons: loud fans, but keeps cool!

Other Thoughts: Get another one?

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  • Tristen W.
  • 4/3/2015 7:18:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic non-reference card!

Pros: This is an incredible non-reference R9 280 for the price. I picked this particular card because it was on sale, had the best factory overclock, and I heard great things about the twin frozr design. Removed my R7 250, seated the R9 280, connected a 6 pin and 8 pin pci-e, done. Included in the box was a drivers disc with a few other programs like the MSI gaming app, and MSI Afterburner. Absolutely love using the MSI gaming app, specifically on OC mode boosting the core clock to 1,000 Mhz. I haven't even overclocked this card with afterburner and it runs any game on ultra with max anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering at 60 frames no questions asked. Temperatures and noise levels are beyond fantastic with the twin frozr design keeping this card uber cool and ridiculously quiet even under heavy load. A nice little feature in the gaming app called the "Cool down" button runs the fans at max, cooling the card to idle conditions within about 40 seconds. Hovering around the $200 price point, this particular card is a great buy for the price to performance ratio and the fact it can potentially be OC'd further to match the performance of the 280X.

Cons: I have nothing bad to say about this card at this time, only time will tell. I see a lot of people hating on this card and will never understand the AMD vs Nvidia war but i feel that this is a well rounded card for any PC gamer.

Other Thoughts: I did upgrade my power supply to a Rosewill Hive 650 in order to power this card. I wasn't sure how much power it would draw but it required one 6 pin and one 8 pin pci-e connector so i went with 650w just to be safe while also leaving some headroom for a cpu upgrade.

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  • Aaron T.
  • 3/31/2015 2:05:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt's a nice card

Pros: Overall I would say that it appears to be a solid card. I have had no issues with it. I running WoW, Tera, ArcheAge and many others at max or close to max graphic settings with no issues.

Cons: Not a con but was surprised a bit to see it recognized as an HD 7950. Oh well.

Other Thoughts: AMD 955 BE
8 GB DDR3 1600
OCZ Agility 3 120 Gb (Main)
WD 750 Gb Green (2ndary)
Seagate 2 Tb (Media)

Razer Lycosa and Deathadder

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  • Christopher K.
  • 3/26/2015 12:30:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInpressed

Pros: This card was for my first build, I've run Arma 2, medium-ultra settings at 30~70 FPS, at 1920 x 1080P, with the cards highest temp at ~70C.

Cons: The dual bios option is cool, if your motherboard supports it, and the card does get loud after 55% fan speed.

Other Thoughts: i am saving up to buy one more to SLI them, then I will murder them on Arma 2, and Battlefield 4. Also got the card 2 weeks earlier than I was home, LOVED IT!

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