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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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  • William M.
  • 7/21/2014 9:05:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsdissatisfaction

Pros: It came 1 day early, came with 150$ of free games, still haven't got the product key for them. It works (somewhat)

Cons: I sold my card to buy this one which was supposed to be an upgrade, my card was 192-bit, 2 gb, with 900 processors. This card is 348-bit, 3gb, with 1500 processors. Yet for for some reason i can barely play minecraft with 60 fps on default settings, why? I tried metro last light, between 12 and 25 fps. I tried wolfenstein. The new order which stayed around 23 fps. And i tried a couple of other steam early access games which i could handle all of them fine with my old card, but i could barely run some with this card. I even overclocked it to the max with msi afterburner. Im not sure if its defective or just plan slow, i want my money back.

Other Thoughts: Want my money back!

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  • gift r.
  • 7/21/2014 7:57:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCoil Whine very annoying

Pros: -Cool
-Quiet*
-Great Performance

Cons: -*COIL WHINE-whenever i play a game, there is noticeable Coil Whine, and it can get very annoying.

Other Thoughts: This card would be amazing were it not for the coil whine.

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  • Daniel J.
  • 7/21/2014 9:36:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Stepping up from a pair of XFX Radeon 5670s (1GB each) Crossfire'd for the past few years, this card by itself is considerably more capable.
Installed in an MSI 790FX-GD70 also bought from Newegg back at the end of 2010, with this card the board still impresses.
The collection of MSI utilities on the driver disk that came with the VGA card is also impressive, even helping me find a few newer mobo drivers from MSI I didn't have.
Very nice job on this card, MSI.

Cons: It's loud when it revs up to power.
When it spools up for games that I can max out now, the card is very noticeably loud.
Even in a tower with 5 120mm fans creating a good flow of air...

Other Thoughts: My mobo would actually support a pair of these Crossfire'd-the MSI 790FX-GD70 has the room for 2 double-slot cards and is configured for 4 standard-size video cards, but I'm afraid of browning out the house power if I did this.
And I wouldn't hear any games if I did.

It's a very nice card performance-wise for the price (and what's not to like with free games AND a $30 rebate when I got it), but I'd recommend some very good high quality noise reduction headphones.
Why manufacturers push cards that, at full power, sound like 1500Watt hairdryers, handheld vacs, and leafblowers is beyond me.

Maybe they should start publishing peak decibel ratings with cards more often.
Woulda given 5 eggs if not for the fans' volume.

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  • Richard S.
  • 7/17/2014 11:34:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTrouble from the get go

Pros: If you ignore the annoying artifacts then it runs everything great.

Cons: Two huge problems: artifacts and no documentation.

When I say no documentation I mean it. None. It comes with a quick guide which basically tells you to plug it in (thanks MSI). So if you have any questions or concerns (like how does this hybrid bios switch work and which direction means what) you are out of luck. You can go online and get exactly what came in the box- whee... The MSI Live utility that the site says will help keep drivers up to date does not do that- at all.

Artifacts- I had random bar-code like patterns popping up all over my screen. I am pretty sure it was a driver problem, but I tried MSI's, AMD's, and AMD's beta drivers with no luck. So I RMA'd it (I love paying shipping and being out a GPU).

Also, don't try and go through MSI online help- they are not very helpful and the representative that helped me didn't even bother to use proper sentences or capitalization. I will say that the MSI Review team was very helpful. They were quick with their responses and helped me to RMA my card.

I have gotten my card back and hopefully it doesn't give me any more troubles. I'm running the AMD beta drivers right now and I have seen some occasional issues, so I may try switching up the drivers and see if the problem goes away.

I will update this review in a bit to reflect my updated opinion as time passes.

Other Thoughts: When it works it seems like a great card, but based off of my experience and other reviews it is a gamble whether the card you get will work.

In retrospect, I wish I hadn't gotten this card. I got it because of the rebates and the AMD gold games, but didn't realize that if I tried to return it I wouldn't be refunded the gold game "cost" (see the other newegg reviews on it). That combined with only a 15 day window to send the rebates that I foolishly rushed out before I had a chance to notice the problems.

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  • Tyler Z.
  • 7/8/2014 1:07:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Guys this card is amazing. I bought an AMD processor with it and I max out 90% of the games I have. This is an amazing card. Totally worth the money.

Pros: good price, great resolution, fast, cool, and the outputs on it are perfect.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: If you are on the fence about buying it just do it. It is an amazing card and you wont regret it.

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  • Frank J.
  • 7/7/2014 5:40:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad Documentation!

Pros: Great card, great performance, reasonable price. I've had it running for about 6 hours.

Cons: Very bad documentation. The "easy" install is to remove the computer covers, find an open slot, insert the card and close the covers. Even the website is not helpful. What's needed to make this work are 2 power connectors, one 8 pin and one 6 pin. I found out about these on a previous review. The card will NOT work without these extra power connections.

Other Thoughts: I had tried 2 different monitors, 3 cables (VGA/DVI) all to no results. Thank goodness that the motherboard displays codes... last code was booting to a legacy system. All MSI needed to do was say that both connectors had to have power.... and I would not have wasted several hours. I was close to an RMA with this card....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

All covers must be removed prior to installation, and both power connections are required.
Quick Start guide is included to give you a reference and idea on how to get this card installed properly.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

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

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  • Joshua C.
  • 7/3/2014 2:56:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Beautiful GPU! Works flawlessly.

After tweaking the fan settings, I never reach temperatures past 60°C on maximum load (maximum settings for all games, including Sleeping Dogs, Assassin's Creed 4, Saints Row 4.) No lag in any game I throw at it!

Quiet fans (when below 55% use.)

It has survived me ripping it out of the motherboard and thrusting it back in over 20 times. ...on a carpeted surface...quite remarkable, really; its either a flawlessly-crafted card, or I'm just stupidly lucky. (It wasn't working right on my GA-Z97X-SLI motherboard, but that was before I updated the BIOS to their F5 standard, so to receive video I was dependent on the motherboard's graphics interface. ...not the GPU's fault though.)

Cons: -1/2 an egg because you can't undervolt the GPU in the provided "MSI Afterburner" software.

-1/2 an egg because I had to tweak the fan settings. Playing Sleeping Dogs at max graphics used to make the GPU run at 72°C, but setting the fan performance to 65% under those loads decreased temperatures to below 60°C. ...I guess AMD favors silence over GPU longevity.

Other Thoughts: As of 2014 you're getting the best cash-to-performance ratio out of every other card in existence. 10/10, would CrossFire.

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  • Angela A.
  • 7/2/2014 6:29:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Buy when i bought it

Pros: Its super quiet, and when i bought it, it was on sale for $229 and had a $30 rebate. glad i jumped on it
So far it performs very well and haven't had problems.
Im able to play BF4 on max along with Crysis 3 and watch dogs with the better graphics mod on. Glad i bought it.

Cons: This card is massive. Im rocking a mid tower with a water cooling system and this card kills my air flow. the length is 10.5 inches so measure twice before you buy. i didnt but i got lucky and have just over an inch between the end of the card and my drive bay.

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  • Austin S.
  • 6/29/2014 12:30:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsr9 280

Pros: non

Cons: Bought the graphics card based on specs, right out of the box had huge artifacting issues. Luckily I was able to send it back for a full refund. Looking it up afterwards did I find out many people have had the same issues. Would not recommend, if looking for a above average card go or a nividia 760 or 770.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

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

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  • jonas l.
  • 6/28/2014 4:40:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsmsi r9 280

Pros: runs all my gammes at max quality, very quiet

Cons: i noticed that it was starting to mess up on the first day i used it

Other Thoughts: now that i have this video card i regret buying it. I wanted to get the Asus gtx 780 but got the msi r9 280 because it was on sale for a very good price. The 780 is more expensive but im sure it would of been worth buying it

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

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

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