Skip to: | - A great place to buy computers, computer parts, electronics, software, accessories, and DVDs online. With great prices, fast shipping, and top-rated customer service - once you know, you Newegg.

If you are reading this message, Please click this link to reload this page.(Do not use your browser's "Refresh" button). Please email us if you're running the latest version of your browser and you still see this message. - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, HDTVs, Digital Cameras and More!

Sign up today for a 30-day free trial of Newegg Premier
  • Wish List
  • Feedback
  • Help
Search all
Home > 
Computer Hardware > 
Video Cards & Video Devices > 
Desktop Graphics Cards > 
MSI > 
Item#: N82E16814127789

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
  • Email this page
ICON Loading...

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!

R9 280 GAMING 3G R9 280 GAMING 3G

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.
R9 280 GAMING 3G R9 280 GAMING 3G

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.

R9 280 GAMING 3G R9 280 GAMING 3G

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)

Learn more about the MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G

Do you own this product? Write a Review

ICON Loading...

Filter Results

  • Joseph T.
  • 12/24/2014 10:07:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome bang for your buck

Pros: Ultra high settings on 99.99% off all the games in my Steam library. Stays cool. Over clock was simple and works great. The two fans work well, even better with my case design. Install was easy. The packaging (I used to work at Apple, visuals is a big thing over there) and contents of the package is out of this world. I loved that it came with adapters, literature, software, connectors, etc. And all wrapped up in a very well designed box/package. I just looked at the cross fire figures of this card, and I'm stoked to see that 2 of these cards outperforms the 290x at almost every level (except for some manual over clock situations). This is my first time switching to the dark side from nvidia. I haven't seen any issues so far.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: If you don't have the money to drop on a high end card, but you may want that kind of performance for the future... why not get this card and save for a second 280? The crossfire numbers for these cards are awesome. I play a lot of FPS, RTS, and hack n slash and so far I've been more than impressed. I don't run multiple monitors, so I can't comment there. I also have an i7 and 16GB of DDR3 RAM, so that also may help some of my performance. But for the price point, the 280 is a great card. MSI was a little pricier than some of the competition, but I wanted to match my board. I don't have any regrets going with this card. I love the results so far, and I love the crossfire figures for the future.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • kevin S.
  • 12/16/2014 1:38:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFollow up on previous review

Pros: Running at 1920*1080p every thing looks good and the detail comes through well @ 60 fps. The software is easy to use and works as advertised. Mine was the OC edition.

Cons: Haven't been able to eliminate occasional artifacts when the card heats up a bit, but , this only happens after extended use gaming. Dropping the the speed just a touch clears up the problem immediately. The room the computer is in does not have good ventilation and allows the heat to remain in the area around the computer that contributes to the problem.

Other Thoughts: Please note to receive the rebate they require a copy of the invoice. This is an email sent by NewEgg and the email clearly states that it is the invoice. Be sure that this is the document that you send to MSI or it will be denied.

It took several tries but we resolved the issue and I received the rebate card. I was frustrated with the process, but, will confirm that the worked with me till it was resolved.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Charles G.
  • 12/12/2014 3:02:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: I am very happy with this card and the sale price. I got $14 off with promo code and another $30 with mail in rebate. Paid $156.99 best value card at the time.

It plays games flawlessly with no problems so far. It did run a little hot before I tweaked the fan setting with the MSI afterburner program.

Cons: Heat may be an issue for some people without the knowledge to use MSIs afterburner program to set fan speeds.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2014 9:46:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI R9 280

Pros: Powerful, maxes out pretty much anything you throw at it at 1080p.
$30 off with rebate

Cons: None, this card is flawless.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Michael G.
  • 11/27/2014 7:07:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great CRISP SMOOTH PERFECT Video Quality. Was running an r7 270x 1 gb ddr5 and it started lining i figured maybe game well after further review coils very dirty meant not cooling all the way. I upgraded just to be safe to this card and at 184.99 with a 30 dollar rebate card and free games and bonus stuff x3 I was floored. Smooth transactions all the way. Sent off rebate and did the 3 speedy processing not bad saves time but worth it. Ive read other reviews and if u register online and all that it goes faster. AMD customer service top notch replies to queries in 5 minutes.

Cons: Non yet ran hot a little bit and at 50 Celsius fan was only 23 percent. Manually overrided fan to 50 percent.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Mr. H.
  • 11/20/2014 2:25:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI R9 280

Pros: Plays games much better than my old Geforce 550 ti. Far Cry 3 and BF4 can now be played with the highest settings and no stuttering like the 550ti on medium stings. DVD play back is good also. But I can't get it to display bluray.

Cons: Will not play blu ray on my system. Message says "HDCP is Required." I put my old 550 ti back in the case and blu ray plays fine. I put this R9 280 back in and still won't play blu ray. I use a 32" tv connected to PC through HDMI cable.

Other Thoughts: Even with the Bluray problem I'm glad I bought this card because I play games and DVD much more than Bluray.

AMD FX-8150
ASUS Crosshair V Formula
16 Gig RAM
Corsair GS700 PS
MSI AMD 14.4.78 Video Driver

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Justin D.
  • 11/20/2014 12:10:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat video card for 1080p gaming.

Pros: This card is great for the money and the performance is perfect for 1080p gaming. Bought this card to beat out the Next-gen consoles and am not disappointed. Maxes out video settings automatically on my system. Using this card with a 40" 1080p LCD TV and it looks great and have had zero issues with it right out of the box.

Cons: None, card works great right out of the box for me!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Barry J.
  • 11/20/2014 6:34:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRunning in my Elite 120, mini ITX build

Pros: - Fits in my Coolermaster Elite 120
- Gives me the FPS to better my performance in World of Tanks, World of Planes
- Easy install
- The OC app helps me go to higher degress of function wihtout the usual OC tweaking

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: After I upgraded my AMD build from an XFX 6870 to MSI R9 270, I found this R9 280 on sale. I was building a mini ITX around an i5 4690K and wanted a more capable graphics card than the 270. My mini ITX build uses a Coolermaster Elite 120 case, modded for a closed loop water cooler on the CPU. The MSI R9 280 fits nicely, doesn't create any increased noise inside this case, and I have had zero temp issues.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Erin R.
  • 11/17/2014 9:42:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally good for the money

Pros: Performs well. Runs almost everything I have at 60fps. Will run Tomb Raider on Ultra at 60fps, ultimate @ ~53. Quiet even with the fans spinning like crazy

Cons: Wish it would come with MSI afterburner but nothing a quick DL can't fix. NBD

Other Thoughts: Good card. Seems like it will run anything in the near future with Crossfire avl for down the road.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Jillmarie H.
  • 11/16/2014 2:23:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: -Great value/price combo
-plays nearly all games 60+ fps w/ max settings
-software is great for changing fan speeds, temp, etc
-3 free games!!!

Cons: -Somewhat difficult to install drivers

Other Thoughts: 2 months later, knowing I would have gotten the same thing again tells me this was a great buy

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

ICON Loading...

Protect Your Investment!

    • (more options) read warranty details
Are you an E-Blast Insider? Subscribe Newegg e-Blast
Shop without retyping payment details. Secure shopping made faster.
Check out with PayPal.

Home > 
Computer Hardware > 
Video Cards & Video Devices > 
Desktop Graphics Cards > 
MSI > 
Item#: N82E16814127789
Related Products
A great combination of performance and value, the ...
A new choice of weapon for serious gamers, ...
Shop by Region: United States | Canada | China
VeriSign Click for the BBB Business Review of this Computers - Supplies & Parts in Whittier CAThis site protected by Trustwave's Trusted Commerce program Inc500
Policy & Agreement | Privacy Policy  © 2000-2014 Newegg Inc.  All rights reserved.
If the Adobe Reader does not appear when you click on a link for a PDF file, you can download Adobe Reader from the Adobe web site.