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PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 280X AXR9 280X 3GBD5-T2DHE/OC 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 880MHz
  • Boost Clock 1030MHz
  • 1 x DVI-I 1 x HDMI 2 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0

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Cold Power Kit: OC Ability & Stability UP!

  • Multi-Phase Design: 6+1+1 phases board power design
  • DirectFET: Minimizing Conduction losses
  • Digital PWM: Decrease the ripple and enhance power efficiency

TurboDuo Cooling Technology

  • 90mm Ultra Huge Dual Fan Design
  • Enormous Surface of Aluminum Cooling Fin
  • Patent GSG-shape Heat Pipes Design
  • Pure Copper Base


AXR9 280X

AMD Eyefinty Technology
Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.

AXR9 280X

GCN Architecture
A new design for AMD's unified graphics processing and compute cores that allows them to achieve higher utilization for improved performance and efficiency.

AXR9 280X

AMD App Acceleration
AMD App Accelerator creates a "co-processing" environment in which the compute processing potential in your AMD Radeon™ Graphics processor works together with the system central processor, to accelerate enabled applications.

AXR9 280X

AMD HD3D Technology
Supports the latest stereoscopic 3D content and display technologies
Play 3D games, watch Blu-ray 3D videos, and edit 3D photos on your 3D Monitors, TV, or projector.

AXR9 280X

AMD CrossFire™ Technology
Multi-GPU support offers superior scalability
Increase our gaming performance up to 2 times with AMD CrossFire™ technology, 2.75 times for TriFire configurations, or 3.75 times with QuadFire configs.

AXR9 280X

AMD HD Media Accelerator
Assumes rendering responsibility for HD encode (VCE)/decode (MPEG-4 ASP, H.264. MVC, MPEG2, etc.) and conclusively enable superior video playback quality with advanced hardware post-processing algorithms.

AXR9 280X

AMD PowerPlay™ Technology
AMD PowerPlay™ Technology dynamically adjusts clockspeeds in response to GPU load, saving power for just when you need it.

AXR9 280X

PCI Express 3.0
Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for faster GPU.

AXR9 280X

Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
GDDR5 memory provides the highest available memory bandwidth of any memory technology today, enabling higher GPU performance.

AXR9 280X

Integrated high speed HDMI output with 1080p 120Hz 3D Stereoscopic support, and 4K resolution display support.

AXR9 280X

Enhanced Internet Applications
Accelerate rendering performance with the latest web browsers and programming interfaces.

AXR9 280X

TurboDuo Professional Cooling System
The dual-fan cooling design can rapidly take the heat away, and decrease the operating temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

AXR9 280X

Microsoft DirextX® 11.2
Get intense gaming performance and unrivaled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery.

AXR9 280X

Boost State Smart Over-Clocking Control
AMD latest Boost State technology automatically allows Radeon Graphic to run higher than the base core speed if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits.


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AXR9 280X

Learn more about the PowerColor AXR9 280X 3GBD5-T2DHE/OC

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Customer Reviews of the PowerColor AXR9 280X 3GBD5-T2DHE/OC

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  • Antonio I.
  • 9/1/2015 1:08:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsCustomer Service is a JOKE

Pros: Decent powered for price

Cons: When your powercolor GPU dies, and it will I assure you, be prepared for the absolute worst customer service you've ever experienced. I was laughably sent ANOTHER broken GPU, made to pay for shipping both times, and have been waiting 3 months for this entire process.

The process they use to test GPU's before sending them to you is inadequate. They simply use a rendering program to "benchmark" the gpu, which is how they sent me another broken GPU...

Other Thoughts: Do not purchase this card period.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/25/2015 9:18:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest value out there and great for mining.

Pros: These cards perform -- period.

PowerColor has managed to deliver a solid card that will fulfill any end user's needs.

I bought 4 of these for cryptocurrency mining and they all arrived with unlocked voltages and undervolt easily, allowing them to consume much less power and to stay cooler.

When appropriately undervolted, these cards consume between 150-170 watts at full load. Those numbers were measured with a Kill-A-Watt by taking a baseline reading with CPU and GPU at idle and then adding a 2nd card and re-measuring with GPU0 at idle and GPU1 and 100%.

I am comfortably running 2 of these PowerColor R9 280X's along with a R9 270 and an AMD Athlon X2 340 Trinity Dual-Core 3.2GHz Socket FM2 65W on a 850W PSU with room to spare.

When inspecting the bioses, the 4 cards that I received are identical in terms of the actual bios as well as installed VRAM. This was not the case for a competitor who is shipping "identical" cards with different brands and versions of VRAM installed, thus affecting their cards' (in)ability to be undervolted (depending on which VRAM you receive), which is useless for the purposes of cryptocurrency mining.

The physical build quality on these PowerColor cards is solid. They come with a thermal dissipation plate on the backside and two fans on the front that adequately move air out and away from the card. The competitor that I spoke of above, is also shipping cards with no thermal dissipation plate on the backside of their cards.

Like many other vendors, PowerColor also provides the 1-2 switch for the bios. This is a nice insurance feature to have if you need to flash your bios. Again, the previously mentioned competitor has omitted this feature.

Ultimately, I am 100% confident that these cards will perform well for any desktop and gaming applications, as I have been running them 24/7 at 100% with general purpose GPU computing (which is generally more computationally intense) since I received them.

My advice to PowerColor -- keep doing what you've been doing and thank you for delivering a solid and trouble-free product.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Michael B.
  • 7/24/2015 12:07:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggswow

Pros: Does every thing I need.

Cons: it went up $50

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  • Dan S.
  • 7/15/2015 5:40:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK Card

Pros: Runs my games well world of tanks @ 54FPS full mods and max settings. World of warships full mods, Max settings @65 Fps.

Cons: I bought two cards, They run insanely HOT! single card runs around 80c with fans at 100%, put it into cross fire and my computer case ambient temp is 80F as soon as i start putting a load on it,it jumps to 100F and cards run an insane 92c. also changed thermal paste to arctic silver and it dropped it 2 degrees.So if you plan on running two of these cards in a small case make sure you have a ton of air flow.

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  • Colin D.
  • 5/11/2015 8:38:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Solidly built, is not too loud, looks awesome


Other Thoughts: I bought mine on an auction site...(can't say the name), new but for less $$$. This card is huge compared to my last card, a Sapphire 7850. I would not recommend this card is a mid tower, I just barely managed to squeeze mine in. The card is sitting inside of my CD bay in my mid-tower, and my tower is large for a mid-tower. I have not seen any artifacts like a lot of reviews are saying...remember a lot of reviews come from the people who are dissatisfied and the happy people don't usually bother. I did have some trouble at first, but this was because of my monitor, had nothing to do with the card.

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  • McKinzie .
  • 3/18/2015 10:38:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful! but starting to age

Pros: This guy will take on any challenge I throw at it. It handles new games on high graphics with 30+ fps (60 if the game supports it)

very cooperative with crossfire (except diamond cards, but thats the diamonds fault)

quiet and the price has dropped fairly well.

Cons: not too much to say here. However as games become more power hungry the card is starting to get into its higher range. I feel by the end of this generation of games It may be under powered for ultra/high graphics.

Other Thoughts: love this card. worth it overall

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  • 1/1/2015 9:44:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat "budget" videocard

Pros: This card is considerably cheaper in price than many of the other cards of this level (Low price, but extremely high value). The design is pretty heavy duty, everything is made out of pretty hard materials and will not crack or bend unless you really try.

Cons: There is minor coil whine which I have gotten used to. Some people report the electronic "buzz" but I head more "clicks". I know these aren't the fans or anything like that, it's just the voice of this specific card and its electronics.

Other Thoughts: My original CPU+GPU combo was an FX-4100 (4.4GHz) and a 1GB nVidia GTX 650 Ti GC Boost. After the upgrade my gaming capacity has gone through the roof regardless of my "bottleneck" CPU.

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  • 12/23/2014 4:46:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsModerately good card and brand

Pros: -Works per specs
-good build, not fragile
-good value
-working well since purchase

Cons: -Fair amount of heat, while the large cooper coil pipes surround the card help a lot, poor twin fans with no front ventilation intake (for aesthetic reasons I guess) allow the card to run hot under low. NOT real hot but temps 70-80c which is still fine under almost any usage.
-Minor coil whine under load, that is not related to Mobo/PSU
-Poor documentation related to translation, but also just a simple spec sheet would be nice, do not need a lot of paper, just the important things.

Other Thoughts: There really is very little to criticize GPUs - at this point most all cards are designed under strict specs and the information published (new-egg) will be spot on. Most OC is already known, including ranges or have been pre-OC.
Reliability is the most important part of buying a GPU- after 6+ months of heavy use the card is doing fine.
Mantle support is very nice for gaming.
Good case ventilation is imperative, I have a 120mm pushing fresh intake air toward front and fan side. Water cool, upto to you but I would spend it on a better video card.
You will not get any more performance then what would normally come with a r9 280x, and the r9 200 series drivers are universal. Little room for OC since this is a pre OC card.

It does its job well, a better brand will use a better ventilation, but really not give any better performance. I am running it OC 1120-1150 and 1545ram stable, it can OC more but with little problems and heat. Least that is how much this particular gpu card will OC.

Games- works very well with everything I have thrown at it, but that is AMD side.

DO NOT underfeed this card power wise, 650-750 with single independent rail is mandatory, follow specs.
Any changes I will update.

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  • Ovidiu G.
  • 12/4/2014 1:11:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMultiple faults

Pros: It was cheaper that the rest of 280x

Cons: It has no temperature sensor. At least not a working one.
The fans are ridiculously noisy and yes the run in full speed all the time.
I got it for a three monitor setup but while monitor on display port is mandatory not display port cable.
It says that the frequency should reach 1030. It does for 3-4 seconds then falls into thermal throtling.
After driver update it burnt my PCI-expres slot on the motherboard. So listen carefully : at driver update after reboot my computer was not POST-ing anymore. I had to move the card into another PCI-e slot.
I do not now if is AMD or the producer but it has too many electrical faults.

Other Thoughts: I do not trust this manufacturer and the reviews about it. When read "good quality cooler" is a lie. It has 3 heat pipes but the machining is horible.

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  • James H.
  • 10/16/2014 11:21:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNO warranty without invoice

Pros: No pros that I can think of

Cons: Powercolor 280x died 5 months after I got it. When I tried to file a warranty claim their website says I must submit a copy of the invoice. Since I do not have a copy of the invoice receipt they will not honor the 2 year warranty. These video cards did not even exist 2 years ago, they should honor the warranty.

Other Thoughts: I will not be buying another powercolor product and I will be checking warranty information on anything else I purchase before I buy it.

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. Please email me at and we can see what we can do for you.

Best Regards,

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