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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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  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
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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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  • Jaclyn D.
  • 1/23/2015 8:10:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card, but...

Pros: It's all in all an awesome card, but with one small issue.
When paired with an Intel i5 4690k and an MSI Z97 gaming mobo, this card can handle any game you throw at it. It never drops frame rate in even the most demanding and taxing operations.
The 384-bit bandwidth paired with 3GB memory is just phenomenal especially for the price. Most cards with the same specs go upwards of 400 dollars!
No issues with clock speed.

Cons: Well, this is where things get a bit troublesome. To start the card is pretty large and requires a large case, never mind that, that's typically expected, but what isn't is the coil whine you get from this card! When using photo editing programs and cad programs this card screams!
Don't plan on using this card for running games like ARMA III on ultra setting with maxed out render distances, at the most this card can run a solid 60+ fps on ultra with render distances set at normal or below.

Other Thoughts: Still an amazing card for the money! Runs pretty cool, tested with Furmark. If your on a budget build, but need something powerful I would recommend this amazing card!
GTA V is around the corner and I'm thinking of picking up a second one to run in crossfire!

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  • Joshua F.
  • 1/18/2015 9:05:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Card

Pros: Blazing fast, affordable, looks great.

Upgraded from a XFX Double D HD 7850 purchased 2 years ago. I was not expecting a huge upgrade but needed that card for another system. I was pleasantly surprised.

I was impressed to see nearly a 30% performance increase in 3DMark.

Crysis 3 on Very High @ 1920X1080 looks and runs amazing. Very happy customer.

Cons: Only a single DVI, 1 HDMI and 2 Mini Display ports. A second DVI would have been nice but not a huge gripe as most newer monitors support DP.

Easily fixed for my older monitors with a 10.00 Mini Display port to DVI adapter.

Other Thoughts: I went with MSI after I purchased a GS60 Ghost last year. I was impressed with the quality of the MSI gaming line. This card does not disappoint.

System Specs:
Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3
i7 2700K
8GB DDR3 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series
Samsung Evo 840 250GB

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  • Andrew S.
  • 1/18/2015 5:13:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA; now I'm in RMA...

Pros: Fans spin.

Cons: Dead on arrival, won't post in bios. Other cards work fine. Newegg wont refund; will only return for replacement. I'm stuck waiting for this process to go through with no card for weeks since I'm east coast and rotten egg RMA dept is west coast. First and last MSI product for me in my 20 years of PC building.

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. Can you verify the video card on another working system to check?
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 |

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  • brian m.
  • 1/15/2015 2:13:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnever trust msi rebate process

Pros: it's a good card for the price.

Cons: the rebate process is a joke. they've made me jump through hoops and i'm still 90% sure i'm not going to receive my rebate.

Other Thoughts: good card, just don't expect msi to honor any rebates they're offering without a fight.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/11/2015 11:51:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsit's good for the price

Pros: it so far can handle every game I throw at it playing them on ultra settings and it stays pretty cool.

Cons: it gets very loud that is my only con. not really that much of a problem since I plan to liquid cool this GPU. just be sure to expect that from the fans that come on it. will probably overheat while playing if you don't have any exp building and keeping a PC cool.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2015 1:22:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAyy get this card

Pros: Well first off I got it for 150 because of the rebate, which was the same price of 270s.

-Cheap af

-Runs everything max or near max at 60+ fps, and it was cheap so no complains

-Tis red and red makes computers go quick

-Cool af, runs 35-40°C on max Could OC and make it a room heater

-Red reminds me of Yezzus and Kanye=Best
MSI=Red=Yezzus=Kayne=The Best


-Two fans make it look cool

-Could run two monitors, but no monies

-Box makes a great phone stand

-Came with Alien:Isolation, Payday2, Sleeping Dogs.

Cons: Wasn't 3.50

No stickers/swag m80, Nvidia guys get cool foil stickers but us AMD dudes?

Can't eat it

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  • Jorge M.
  • 1/5/2015 2:08:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice card, great overclocker

Pros: I got it at a good price <$200 is very nice
Overclocks very well
Low temps under 40's idle and mids 50's under load (gaming)
Low noise (at least with fans under 60%, anything over you will hear)
All the standard inputs (just wishing for standard display port but it has mini so its fine)
Includes accessories in the box that's nice.
Good looking
MSI gaming app allows you to oc 70mhz with 1 click which is nice but not really noticeable.

Furmark and Afterburner helped me get this card from 933Mhz to 1150Mhz on the core with mid to low 60's temps during stress testing.

I had no trouble with $20 rebate, just sent the required docs, but did took some time to get it around 2 months.

Cons: At over 60% the fans start to really make noise.
The "auto" fan control is a bit too conservative for my taste, but this can be fixed easily with afterburner custom fan curve, so no big deal.

Other Thoughts: Before buying it I check some reviews and its what I expected it, no more and no less.

I cannot play every game at max settings, but I do play most games somewhere between high and ultra depending on the game with some games getting around 50fps and others 100+fps.

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  • Steven H.
  • 12/29/2014 6:39:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very quiet fans. I can run this at full load for hours on end and not go about 65c with the fans at about 65-70% speed.

Powerful card. I was able to run Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor with max settings and get flawless FPS. Combined with an AMD FX-8350 on a Corsair Hydro-50, it's a great combo.

Looks awesome. What more can I say.

Cons: I didn't get any swag or stickers to put on my case. Now how are people going to know I'm rockin this sick MSI GPU?

Other Thoughts: It'd be nice to have some stickers in the box for your case to wear as a badge of awesome.

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  • Jerome H.
  • 12/29/2014 5:46:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis Graphic Card Is WORTH IT!

Pros: This card runs almost any new game on max settings with NO PROBLEM! Installation was easy, comes with everything you need, fans are quiet, and overclocking is easy if you're into that stuff.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from the Radeon 250 and that was a huge upgrade!

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  • 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.

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