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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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  • Joseph R.
  • 5/11/2015 4:38:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsBetter hope you don't need to RMA

Pros: When they work they rock. Looks good and performs great. Until don't

Cons: I'm on my 5th RMA for the same card thru MSI. The cards they replace them with are not tested, they couldn't be. They send other failed card and I guess they hope you get frustrated and stop trying to get one that works or they do you like this till the warranty expires. MSI have steadily moved up in there offerings. This reminds me of what happened to ABIT (remember them). I guess MSI has taken a page from ASUS's book. I've been building computers for a very long time and I am just tired of companies putting out produces and not standing behind them. 3 of the "Replacement" cards wouldn't even display any thing.

Other Thoughts: Maybe its time to contact the State's attorney and file a complaint. I have with the BBB but since they don't belong to them there's not much going to happen. I have 2 MSI motherboards and 4 MSI video cards but not any more. I guess I'll go with Gigabyte for all my next builds. Its just a shame. I've posted more details on OCN so hopefully no one else gets burnt

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  • Kyle P.
  • 5/11/2015 5:13:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMD R9 280

Pros: Looks sick!
Runs quiet (for my standards)
MSI afterburner app and gaming app to give it a little boost are awesome. The cool down button on the gaming app drops it from 100% load temps down to idle temps in 40 seconds.
It idles 30 C with stock settings and idles 45 C on gaming mode with the gaming app. you can bring the gpu from 72 C down to 30 C in 40 seconds by using the cooldown button on the gaming app (once the cool down ends close the gaming app to get the lower idle temp).
It can handle any game I tried high-ultra settings. If you have good cooling in your case you could probably get ultra on every game with OC & 60fps.

Cons: Not any that I've found yet. Its big, but thats what you expect when you buy a beast of a gpu.

Other Thoughts: Runs H1Z1 between 40-120fps on Ultra settings with gaming mode on. Averages at like 60 fps. Temps reach 72 C sometimes though, otherwise high settings with one 1080p monitor ran 66 C with fx 8350+ stock heatsink.
Runs BF4 cte on high settings at 75 fps.
City Skylines at 60fps high
Make sure it fits in your case! It's a tight fit in my Lepa Smok series case (for wiring purposes).

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  • Nicholas P.
  • 5/9/2015 9:27:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mid-range Card (Minus Mounting)

Pros: Great pairing with lower-end CPU's that won't bottleneck. (i.e. - my Phenom II X4 965 BE OC'd 4.0G). Surprised how quiet this card is compared to my HD6850OC. As others have said, pretty long card, double check your case specs as this thing is kind of a beast. Made huge improvements in my gaming, streaming. Star Citizen runs much, much smoother at higher settings to boot! Running in 1680 x 1050 (16:10) or 1080P does just fine. Probably not great for 4K.

Cons: Mounting brackets. For whatever reason, the top mounting screw bracket was bent completely closed. Had to fanagle open with a pair of pliers. Maybe should have just RMA'd, but, the card itself works just fine.

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  • David B.
  • 5/8/2015 6:29:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent card, slight issues.

Pros: Fade Touched Textures, Dragon Age Inquisition.
Ultra High, Grand Theft Auto V.
Ultra High, Crysis 3.

FurMark Overburned for 16 hours and temps stayed below stress levels. Fan does get loud after about 60-70% but that is to be expected. This card really has no trouble with anything you throw at it.

Cons: Much like a few other customers, I too am experiencing issues with artifacting, but only in select titles. So far, only GTA V and Crysis 3 (both intensely graphic defined games) have experienced any issues with artifacts. Some stick around, others are gone once the refresh rate makes a few cycles. While annoying, it isn't going to be too big an issue for me, so long as it does not impact system performance or cause BSOD's.

Other Thoughts: MSI needs to address the artifact issue. Bad NAND flashes on some units maybe?

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  • Patrick M.
  • 5/6/2015 8:56:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig bang for the buck

Pros: This thing has about the most kick I could find at its price point compared to its contemporaries and Nvidia rivals. Anything with more horsepower starts costing well over $300 (unless it's on sale or discounted in some crazy way), and just about everything else that's supposed to be at the same price point does not have the amount of punch this card has.

Happily takes your overclocking settings and comes back for more. This card impressed me by itself, but because I have it paired with an AMD A10-7850K Kaveri, using the A10's GPUs as an added boost makes a real noticeable difference when it comes to parallel processing apps.

Cons: It takes an 8-pin and a 6-pin power socket to power this sucker. Most cards I've worked with take one or two of one size or the other, not one of each. Not really a con, just threw me off when I first discovered it

Other Thoughts: This card is all 'meat'... heavy duty enough they actually have the heavier parts mounted to a frame to give the silicon a break from supporting all that weight.

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  • Michael V.
  • 5/5/2015 2:02:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great. Runs all games smooth. Mostly play csgo, runs it like a champ.

Cons: None

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  • Seth L.
  • 5/4/2015 9:50:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy

Pros: -Worked great at first
-Fairly cheap

Cons: -Black screen constantly, drivers are up to date
-Artifacts like nothing i've ever seen
I've had this Card since October of last year and within the first 2 months it started acting up I wrote it off as breaking the card in getting updates etc. ( I dont overclock or anything). It is now May 4th 2015 and I have had my first total crash in which I was had to do a force restart on my computer.
Buyer Beware theres a reason this card is sold so cheap!

Other Thoughts: After an experience like this I think I will stay away from MSI and stick to Gigabyte as I love their MOBOs as well.

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.
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 updated driver is install, also if possible verify the video card on another working system to test.
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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  • Alexander V.
  • 5/2/2015 6:16:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAMD I Trusted you...And You Failed Me

Pros: Looks awesome, good cooling, comes with a stock overclock tool, runs most games on highest

Cons: Crashes a lot, MSI service is terrible, BSOD constantly when trying to load games.

Other Thoughts: I used to use AMD and ATI in every build in my younger days. Its been a long time since I built a computer and with this new build I figured I'd go Intel but keep the old trusty AMD. I regret it.

This is will be my last AMD/ATI product. Cant use the computer because of all the AMD/ATI driver and card errors. Tried every remedy I could find except for replacing with nVidia (which I'm going to do now).

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.
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 updated driver is install, also if possible try the MSI video card on another working system to test.
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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  • Rocky H.
  • 4/26/2015 8:22:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: works fine in my first build not one issue plays bf4 and bf hardline with no problems without overclocking or anything just stock

Cons: none

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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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