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

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R9 280 GAMING 3G

R9 280 GAMING 3G

Overview

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
Performance

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!

Afterburner

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
Specifications
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
RAMDACs 400
DirectX Version Support 11.2
OpenGL Version Support
4.3
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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Warranty

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


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  • Jeffrey E.
  • 10/21/2014 6:55:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter Than Expected

Pros: Runs Quiet
Performs Very Well on Modern Games
Open Fans for Future Ease Of Cleaning (Not enclosed by a plastic shell)

Cons: A long and wide video card.

Other Thoughts: The card is 11 inches long and 5 inches wide. It fit in my case just fine, but take note if you have a HDD bay by your PCI-E slots.

I have not seen any artifacts in my games. BF4 Runs on Ultra which I didn't think I could have achieved.

This card requires one 6 pin and one 8 pin from the PSU. (The card has a 8 pin adapter, so no need to buy something else). Your PSU should have a 6 pin, but it has an adapter just in case for that.

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  • Xhevat G.
  • 10/18/2014 7:00:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsComputer Doesnt Detect

Pros: Looks like a good card. With all the advertisments and all. Just need a little help with it

Cons: I installed windows 8 to my new pc, everything was fine. When I inserted the drivers cd, everthing went fine up to the point where when I restarted my PC... When it got to the login screen, there were flickering horizontal lines all over. and when i logged in, it would be all glitchy for like 10 seconds, and then a full grey screen was just there. I couldnt do anything. Its been like 3 times i reinstalled my OS. I need help.

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  • Brendan R.
  • 10/17/2014 9:17:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHORRIBLE performance. Don't fall for the price/performance ratio on paper like I did.

Pros: Nothing worth mentioning. MSI logo looks cool? Yeah, that'll work.

Cons: Completely chugs in Skyrim and other games I've tested, where the 750 Ti (128-bit, 2 GB VRAM, i.e. FAR worse specs than this) I just replaced ran the same games flawlessly in the same machine, just the day before. Artifacts, glitchy shadows/lighting are common in a lot of the games I've tried. Overall terrible graphics quality and framerate. Attempting to tweak game profiles in Catalyst resulted in worse framerates and worse graphics quality.

It overclocks very well without crashing, yet delivers the same absolute garbage framerate with MSI Afterburner sliders maxed out. Overclocking well means nothing if it gives no results.

Other Thoughts: Going to RMA this and see if a replacement works any better, doubt it though. I'm never buying AMD again, that's for sure. I strayed from buying only Nvidia cards only once, and I most certainly have paid the price for being lured in by appealing synthetic benchmark results and specs.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2).
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. Ensure all drivers are up to date. www.msi.com
4. Can you verify our MSI video card on another working system to check? Or test another video card on your system to verify?
5. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • adam r.
  • 10/17/2014 7:00:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworking so far

Pros: been running about 6 hours now (only 1 hour gaming) with no issues yet. benchmarked low 3k score with 52fps in furmark (1080p preset test) out of the box no adjustments.

Cons: none yet. will update later after more usage

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  • Trevor S.
  • 10/17/2014 2:24:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsA lot of work, but nice payoff

Pros: Nice Design, hefty but sturdy construction. B-E-UTIFUL graphics on all of my games. Those games that aren't so hardware intensive definitely smoothed out. Those that are (PS2, Star Citizen (Arena Commander), Diablo III are all running smoothly at high levels. Bought while on a $30 rebate (bringing total to around $179). Also the AMD 3 game giveaway valued at $150 from STEAM? I seen others say the games aren't totaling that, I concur, though prices do fluctuate there. However, what isn't mentioned in that same giveaway is two AMD product discounts (for RamDISK and actual physical memory), a 4th game from STEAM, and a remote desktop app called Splashtop.

Also, the MSI apps that come with this card are very nice. Easy user interface covering all you need.

Cons: NO INSTALL GUIDE other than a quick set-up paper with 32....32 languages! So if your install goes well, no problem. My install had issues where my computer didn't see the card. Luckily I have onboard graphics as well so I was able to hit the MSI website. STILL NO MANUAL! I saw a button for it, but when I hit it, it took me to another screen that referenced the above mentioned quick setup guide.
Here's something that might be helpful to those who buy this card, a) all power inputs must be connected, and b) the "HYBRID BIOS" option is defaulted on. For whatever reason my setup didn't like that. Turn that off, connect all power inputs.
Also, rebate from MSI is 8-10 weeks AFTER your approval date. So you have to fill out an online stuff (which was very painless), then send in your paperwork. So whenever they get to approving you if all went well, 8-10 weeks. There is a faster option which is 5-7 business days AFTER your approval, but they ding you for $3.

Other Thoughts: Please note I am not a newb in the hardware aspect. The problems I had could be simply erased by adding a simple guide in paper form or on the CD. What should've taken 15 minutes ended up being a few hours. For those without my experience I can see this as a potentially frustrating issue for the customer causing returns.
On the bright side, once it's in you will be rewarded with great graphics for our time and a great price.

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  • Richard H.
  • 10/15/2014 5:11:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: There were no pros

Cons: The junk was DOA, installed a new PSU to test to see if that was the problem. Still sent no signal to monitor. Installation Guide included was a joke.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2).
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. Can you verify our MSI video card on another working system to check, or verfiy another video card on your system to verify?
4. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Justin T.
  • 9/29/2014 8:44:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Card

Pros: Nice Design
Big Heat Sink
3GB of VRAM
Good Price to Performance Ratio
High quality packing job

Cons: None Really

Other Thoughts: Good card that I would recommend to almost anybody

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  • jan p.
  • 8/30/2014 9:13:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRebate denied

Pros: see previous review

Cons: Rebate denied because my postmark was 3 days late. That is my fault. I called and there is no wiggle room for being tardy but if you forgot to include a different requirement such as barcode you get another chance. I had 15 days to submit. Actually I had it sent in time but the Post Office sent it back due to it being to thick to go through the automated sorter. I had to add postage. so guys take a heads up on MSI rebates and the amount of postage you put on fat envelopes

Other Thoughts: See previous review

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  • jan p.
  • 8/18/2014 7:50:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHappy with this choice so far

Pros: On Sale
Free Shipping
Free Games
Rebate
Subjectively Quiet
Afterburner software well thought out if you are into that sort of thing. I'm not.

Cons: MSI forum is NOT what it used to be. I will no longer recommend MSI based on the forum and I am
an 11 year member.

Seems flimsy, droops after the slot. That could be solved with a backplate?
Dumb, poorly explained and documented vBIOS switch.
If I put my ear next to the card I can hear it while running the OS. If I raise and support the droop with my finger the noise lessens.

Other Thoughts: I have been running a 6870 for 4 years and though still a great card it was time to upgrade.

I follow the advice at a well known hardware site that recommends only upgrading if the card offers 3 steps of performance improvement over what you are running now. The R9 280 is 4 steps over the 6870.

It doesn't matter which R9 brand you choose IMO.
If you spend time and research the R9 280's, all reviewers have the same complaints about their brand choice: artifacts, coil whine, I need a new BIOS, DOA, fan is to loud,
I had to move my hard drives, etc. I discount those comments for the most part unless they are overwhelming in number. The "Pro" reviews APPEAR to offer deeper insight. The "Pros" almost NEVER write about problems with the cards and if they do it is seemingly never "our" problems. They too have their favorite brands and relationships with the vendors.
Despite their statements to the contrary it effects their conclusions. I use those reviews with several grains of salt.

The criteria I use to determine which brand to buy:

1) Prior success or failure with any of that vendors product line.
2) Price, which includes: free shipping, rebate, discount item and perks.
3) Support: Toll-free ? 24 hour ? Quality forum ?
4) The company I buy from. I won't buy from a company named "Cancellation Video Cards" to save $15

This time I went MSI. I have had success with MSI during the last 11 years. It has been several years since I bought any of their products though I still use a mobo in one of the household computers.

I got the card and 3 PC games for $229. Four years ago I paid more for my 6870. When the rebate arrives I will be out of pocket $199. Less if I sell the 6870.

The performance of the card is everything I had hoped for. I am not big on frame rate. To me the difference between 60 or 65 fps is insignificant. As long as temps aren't ridiculous I don't care if it's 30C or 33C at rest or 65C or 70C while under load.

What I do care about above all else is noise. While the card is doing anything other then gaming I would rather not hear it. Fan noise while gaming maybe unavoidable with any OEM's cooling scheme. I can hear the fans on the MSI card
only while gaming.

AMD's CCC lets the user adjust fan speed manually. I leave it on auto, always. For this review and comparison with the 6870 I experimented. The fan runs at 18% by default. I can't hear it. It becomes audible in a quiet room at about 30 to 35 %. The fan ramps up while gaming but the sound increase doesn't bother me.

Coil whine is apparent in few of my games and then only in some menus. I do not hear any coil whine during game play.
I had the same coil whine results with the 6870. It's the card yes, but the game also.

My Gear:
Asus P8Z77-V
Core i5-2500K
16 gigs GSkill RAM
Corsair Force GS

Based on my criteria and experiences with this card I see no reason not to recommend it.

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  • Nicholas M.
  • 8/12/2014 8:26:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: -Able to max or near-max the graphics settings for every game I own.
-Quiet. I have seen reviews saying the card is noisy, but have had no such experience yet.
-Great power to cost

Cons: -Getting Artifacts while waiting in between turns in Total War Shogun 2 (does not occur during my turns or during battles).

Other Thoughts: I don't know how common it is to get artifacts on this card, but I have seen a few other reviews that mention it. I think this may be caused by my cheap motherboard though.

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