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PowerColor AXR9 280X 3GBD5-DHE Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • 9/22/2014 2:09:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast and not too hot in full load.
Silent without load.
Used for LTC mining for several month without any problems.

Cons: Assembled on GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H with Windows 8.1 it has a defect:
when systems goes to sleep mode it turns off the monitor and then does not turn it back without complete system shut down. Even reset button does not help.

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  • Shandong Z.
  • 3/4/2014 9:19:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible customer service

Pros: Relatively quiet when it works.

Cons: Terrible RMA experience.

My card died 3 months after purchase and it was sent for RMA. Despite the fact that Powercolor claims "PowerColor will test, repair or replace your RMA product within 14 business days", my card was in their side for 3+ weeks with the status staying "received". I wrote them an email asking when I can expect to get my card back and here is what they wrote back "That depends on the dept who handles the replacement." Will never touch Powercolor again.

Other Thoughts: Still waiting for my card...

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  • Herbert R.
  • 2/3/2014 12:01:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGet a Sapphire Vapor Instead

Pros: ummm, one ran for almost two months before dying :P

Cons: I bought Two at the same time Dec 10, 2013. They both run hot and loud with one running hotter then the other by a substantial amount such that the performance difference between the two was noticeable.

So, one of the two cards died completely last night, Feb 3rd, 2014 prompting me to right my first review. My other PC with two Sapphire 280X Vapor edition runs much cooler and less noise and no issues so far. They were purchased a few weeks before the Powercolor enough said I would not recommend this card

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  • Kyle M.
  • 1/15/2014 12:22:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsThis card is so hot... Way too hot

Pros: Knocks the daylights out of my 6970
Performance is phenomenal.

Cons: This card will hit 85 to 90 Celsius at stock speeds and this is in the winter. I had crank up the fan speeds, open up the windows a bit and the card is still hitting around 80c under load

Other Thoughts: The heating issue is not a isolated incident. Maybe it's just this gen of cards or it could be the cooling but this is a major disappointment for me. I expected good performance but not if that meant running my computer like a BBQ.

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  • Ronald O.
  • 1/1/2014 11:08:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Card

Pros: Great card! Went in very easy. I played Battlefield 3 on ultra for the first time and went 31 and 1 in the round. I struggled a little bit in BF4 but I just had to tweak some settings and everything popped from there.

Cons: It's a very large card. I was wanting to get three of them and put them in triple cross fire. Because of the thickness of the card I may have to settle for just 2 in dual cross fire. Lucky for me I have a full size case.

Other Thoughts: I told my girl that I was going to be picking up BF4 on release day. Her question was "Don't you have to get a new video card to play that?" and you wonder why I am going to marry her? LOL

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  • Cody H.
  • 12/29/2013 9:07:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUpdate (price?)

Pros: Works the kinks out slowly, but they are working out

Cons: Still the same old GPU problems

Other Thoughts: After owning this for a longer time now, I can say that the cards performance has increased a small amount. occasionally the screen will flash out and in for a brief second for no reason whatsoever, which didn't happen on the the integrated graphics, so I think it's safe to assume that the card is the problem. Perhaps some newer drivers will come out to fix it.

Price? I got this from NewEgg at 299.99 and it is now 419? The MSI is a much better card, I have used this after the Power Color, and I have stuck with the MSI in my main rig; and it it's the same price-plus you get BF4. It would be silly to buy this specific card at that $420 mark.

The bracket on the PowerColor is very very weak. The weight is distributed so that most of the mass of the card is toward the back (near the drive bays), not at the bracket, where it would be sufficiently supported by the screws. Because of this, there is huge sag in the card, and it is starting to make me worry. There is not way that this card will be OK in that configuration for very long.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 12/22/2013 9:26:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent product

Pros: Zero issues out of box, worked perfectly with beta drivers. temps per card under full load was in high 70s low 80s. make sure to have good air flow if you wish to crossfire these.

Cons: none

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  • Cody H.
  • 12/22/2013 6:46:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsToo many problems

Pros: N/A (Sadly)

Cons: Everything so far

Other Thoughts: I purchased this product literally a month ago. After getting the run around from Newegg and FedEx, I was told pretty much that they don't care that it took a month to ship, even though I paid for rush shipping and processing. This was made worse when the product arrived.

Finding the appropriate driver for this was a nightmare. I downloaded the one from the AMD website and when that didn't work I tried the other solution they provided...Again, nothing. I searched online for the proper driver and finally found it, installed it, and then when the card was up and running, it wouldn't allow me to set the resolution properly. After finding out that a monitor over 19 inches is considered a TV(?) I researched how to fix that.

Overall the card has been a nightmare to this point.

Then I decided to test it using Far Cry 3. Terrible whine from the card, and loud fans. Furthermore, when I would put the game into full screen mode, it would shut down and say that there was not enough memory to support it. That is a 24" monitor...on 3GB. When I managed to play in windowed mode, this card gave me ~60fps. Not exceptional for a rebrand of the 7970. I can only imagine how terrible it will preform in Crysis or BF4. I don't even think it will be worth my time.

This product has been a terrible experience for me, and Newegg added to it. ultimately I believe that this will be my last purchase from Newegg, and from Power Color.

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  • Edgar D.
  • 12/19/2013 10:50:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsup in price?

Pros: Great card for 299 when i purchased
* PowerColor AXR9 280X 3GBD5-DHE Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814131512
Iron Egg Guarantee Return Policy

Cons: Now selling for 419.99? not worth the money, buy the 290x instead...299 yes, 419.99<<<NOOOOO

Other Thoughts: whats up with the price rase newegg? really?

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  • Paul G.
  • 12/13/2013 10:43:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs2nd Review, Eggs are for the Gaming side

Pros: Games like a monster but not much better than my HD7970's do. This is basically a 7970 with some improvements. MWO had a slight FPS increase in 1920x1080 resolution over a 7970 without changing any settings or drivers. Drivers will likely add a few more FPS and who doesn't like more FPS

Cons: Its simply too hot for BTC/LTC mining without added cooling. The heatsink and fan setup is pretty bad and cant keep these things as cool as the other brand 280x's in the same room under a real "full load". Some silly gamers idea of what full load is not advice to be followed. Hottest card in the bunch 12/13 at 1:30PM EST and temps are 97c powercolor and 79c saph in the same room with added fans blowing on the powercolor gpu's. An X eff X HD7950 in the same PC is 72c so it is absolutely not the room or airflow. It is 100% the weak cooling setup on the powercolor cards.

Other Thoughts: I am the "hot, way too hot "reviewer below.
Silly backing plate blocks airflow to rear of card and is likely source of added heat buildup but "warranty void if removed".
Games do not put a GPU at full load for extended periods of time. Mining can and will keep a gpu at 99% load 24/7 365. DON'T listen to gamers about full load and temps unless you game and do not mine.
Pay more than $299-329 for a 280x and your getting robbed.
Prices are high because the demand by miners. You gamers cant move this kind of inventory and our mining demand have created a serious out of stock condition with the 280x and 290x lines across the web. Buy now (12/2013) and get ripped off. $400 for a 280x is highway robbery

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