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

  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous
  • 10/7/2014 7:42:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Great Card, easy to overclock, Can handle Battlefield 4 on ultra without a problem. Easy to install, and the drives update regularly,

Cons: Has a very noticeable coil whine when it is under heavy load, especially when playing games. The drivers might crash, but it is very sporadic.

Other Thoughts: Overall it is a great card! I recommend it to anyone who wants a great high performance graphics card.

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  • Scott C.
  • 9/22/2014 8:40:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPowerful, decently designed.

Pros: This is a great card (bought two of them) they are attractive and the construction doesn't seem flimsy.

Cons: The problem I have with it is the decision to put the power connectors on the top of the card instead of the end. I understand in smaller cases it can be difficult to get the clearance you need to plug them in. but as is putting them on the top made unplugging them a problem because once plugged in the 8pin connector touches the heatpipe. so you have to pry the card apart slightly to get it unplugged. a minor redesign could fix this problem.

Other Thoughts: It's a great set of cards I just hesitate to put any force on my brand new graphics cards just to get the power unplugged.

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  • Joe C.
  • 9/16/2014 10:13:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsTerrible Customer Service

Pros: Good Product

Cons: The customer service from PowerColor is absolutely atrocious. I've had to attempt to use there RMA service twice, and both times its been more of a hassle than trying to hog tie an 8 legged bull.

First issue ended up resolving itself, after trying to contact their customer support for 2 weeks with no response. Eventually after the problem was resolved I get a response email, thanks for the help when I needed it buddy.

Second issue, i sent an e-mail in about a week and a half ago and still have yet to receive any sort of response, even automated. I've called their RMA number and the phone just rings.

It seems to me that they may only have a handful of support staff in the US and its absolutely ridiculous. The product itself is pretty good, but I'd rather pay 10-20$ more and get another brand. Very unsatisfied with PowerColor and will NEVER buy again.

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. Can you please send me an email and a copy of the previous email that you have sent? We will investigate the issue.

Best Regards,

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  • Denis H.
  • 9/11/2014 2:00:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: WoW!!!!!!!!! toute une carte.....60 FPS solide avec Crysis 3 (qualite des textures Extreme et Systeme a elevé)Ne depâsse pas 55 degres en jeu....tres la recommande pour pas trop cher

Cons: rien a redire

Other Thoughts: j'avais un peu peur qu'elle n'entre pas dans mon boitier mais finalement ca passe

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/7/2014 11:38:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsupdate on review good performence, loud hissing sound, poor customer service

Pros: - Runs cool with the new catalyst low clocks on dual monitor ! Finally (14.3 see below)
-overclocks stable at 1155/1555 @ 1.141 V (normal is 1.137)
-does not like voltage boost
-acceptable performance but GPU usage most of the time low despite CPU usage low too while gaming and decent FPS
- A BEAST: the only card that could equal the performance of AMD 6970 (his blower model) handling dual monitor , gaming and game capture_broadcast without major lag. (7870 and 7950 = poor performance)
- idels at 35 degress to 40 even in dual monitor mode ( with proper catalyst version 14.3), extremely quiet = most quiet card I ever had ! unbelievable +++

Cons: -Strong coil whine when gaming or even when browsing with firefox (scrolling down web page!)
- Poor playful customer service: invited to get in touch with them only to get my private info, they did not take care of a single issue that I already reported in my review: so don't waste your time guys.
- price
- crossfire still not very efficient (tried with 7950)
-for some reason GPU usage never exceeds 60% while gaming ( dirt3) with low CPU usage ? unknown bottleneck (phenomenon known to gamers and seems to be game dependent...)

Other Thoughts: - latest catalyst drivers 14.4 give lower clocks on dual monitors but washed out colors: make sure you download catalyst version posted on power color website whcih is 14.3 which is the latest one that supports low clocks for dual monitors and preserves the color scheme.

- Paid $140 on aybay (used in coin farm): best bang for the buck: this card is a real beast

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. As stated before, coil whine on high end cards are normal. We recommend a motherboard or psu with better power regulators for the coil whine.

Best Regards,

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