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ASUS DirectCU II Radeon R9 280 DirectX 11.2 R9280-DC2T-3GD5 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 874MHz
  • Boost Clock 980MHz
  • 1 x DVI-I 1 x DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1792 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0

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The Asus DirectCU II R9280-DC2T-3GD5 is powered by a Radeon R9 280, the latest AMD GPU designed to take your gaming to the next level. Based on AMD 28nm GCN architecture and boasting support for DirectX 11.2, the Radeon R9 280 gives you the power to drive today’s hottest games — and tomorrow’s, keeping you in the fight whatever the circumstances. With Ultra Resolution Gaming you can leave HD in the dust by gaming on displays much, much larger. Whether using a 4k monitor or combining multiple HD monitors, you’ll get an expansive experience that’s truly out of sight. A rich set of AMD innovative technologies is included, such as App Acceleration, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, and AMD HD3D technology. With these technology advancements, you'll get more than one way to elevate your gaming experience.

This model comes equipped with exclusive DirectCU II and CoolTech fan technologies for cooler, quieter, and faster performance, as well as an exclusive voltage-regulation module (VRM) and super alloy power that ensures less power noise and unmatched durability.

  • newegg TOP-selected edition TOP-selected 980MHz core – 50MHz higher than the reference for smoother gameplay.
  • newegg DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy Power The acclaimed DIGI+ VRM has been applied via a 12-phase power design that uses digital voltage regulators to minimize power noise by 30%, enhance power efficiency by 15%, widen voltage modulation tolerance, and improve overall stability and longevity by two and a half times over the reference.
  • newegg DirectCU II The exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 20% cooler and three times quieter than the reference. (Equivalent to 14dB and performance varies depending on system configuration)
  • newegg CoolTech Fan The exclusive CoolTech fan consists of a hybrid blade and bearing design, with an inner radial blower and outer flower-type blades. These provide multi-directional airflow to accelerate heat removal and enable highly stable graphics performance.
  • newegg GPU Tweak Streaming GPU Tweak helps you modify clock speeds, voltages, fan performance, and more, all via an intuitive interface. What’s more, a simple online-streaming option function lets you share gameplay live – so people can watch as you play!
  • newegg Mantle There’s optimization, and then there’s Mantle. Games enabled with Mantle speak the language of GCN architecture to unlock revolutionary performance and image quality. (Application support is required.)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Flawless

Pros: Great instructions, though not my first vid card install. Easy to use and good software bundle. Nice free games to choose from. Price to performance ratio. Great step up from my 5870.

Cons: Price. Should have bought 2.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Don't buy it

Pros: Look

Cons: It was a defect when arrived
After refurnished, stopped working after a year
If you ask for help, ASUS would do anything to stall, accuse you not having a warranty, make you feel stupid and you notice you have been wasting you time the whole time.

Other Thoughts: It is not the only ASUS product I have problem with. It's not a brand worth you spending money on.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
1 Year Later

Pros: - Runs everything (accept Total War:Attila which hovers around 30fps on normal settings, but I suspect it's bottlenecked because I'm still using an AMD Zambezi CPU) at high or ultra settings on 1080p monitor around 40-50 fps
- Easy install
- Overclocking was very easy
- Overall performance was surprisingly good

Cons: About a month or two ago was moving the computer around and for some reason the HDMI port stopped working. The VGA is fine and the card is still rockin and rollin

Other Thoughts: I've learned that reading these reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. I was looking at some of them saying the internet is filled with dead R9 280s, but that's just hardware snobs being hyperbolic. If your trying to save some money this card isn't bad, but take note that since the 970 came out I'm planning on updating. Not that there's anything left to be desired with this card, I'm giving my old build to a friend and it's just time to upgrade. Would definitely recommend this card.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Card!

Pros: The speed, resolution and features and pricing was not too bad either. Handles games and computer graphic programs with no sweat. Images and movies are flawless. No driver issues whatsoever.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The card is wide and long so you definitely need a bigger case, because it will stretch maybe an inch or so past your mobo. I have the Storm Trooper case so space was no problem. I would not mind buying two of these LOL.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
ATI/AMD fails again

Pros: The hardware seems nice? Runs well when it doesn't crash.

Cons: As i had experience once in the past AMD/ATI have had absolutely awful drivers. i figured i would give it another shot has it had been a few years and toms hardware had a favorable review. This was a huge mistake, i am finally tired of constantly crashing drivers. The new ones won't even run, every time i tried to update i was FORCED to end up in fail safe mode and remove any updated drivers.

Other Thoughts: i really really really wanted this card to work but the drivers are completely useless i could never recommended AMD to any one and i will never be purchasing any thing from them again after the constant failures over the years.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Well the Internet is littered with dead R9 280 cards...

Pros: Hey when it works - it's awesome. I've been an AMD/ATI Radeon fan for years, remember when they were the underdog but hard better gear that Intel? But this card... wow it totally sucks and I'm only one of thousands stuck with one.

Only had a 30day replacement warranty, the artifacts were there from day one but were intermittent, not I can't get rid of them.

Cons: Artifacts. Blue pixeleated streaks on the desktop and on all applications including games. That is, WHEN it's not blinking to a black screen or has totally gone black on me.

Windows 7 64-bit, ASUS Crosshair I mobo (thought it was my old 590 chipset but it ain't), 850w PSU.

Other Thoughts: Partial DxDiag:
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Display Devices
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Card name: ASUS R9 280 Series
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x679A)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_679A&SUBSYS_047E1043&REV_00
Display Memory: 4095 MB
Dedicated Memory: 3051 MB
Shared Memory: 1044 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1200 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: SyncMaster 245B/245BW/245BPlus(Digital)
Monitor Model: SyncMaster
Monitor Id: SAM02B6
Native Mode: 1920 x 1200(p) (59.950Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32, aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva, atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1333 (English)
Driver Version: 14.501.1003.0
DDI Version: 11
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 11/20/2014 19:44:20, 1348928 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-24DA-11CF-C676-7424BEC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x679A
SubSys ID: 0x047E1043
Revision ID: 0x0000
Driver Strong Name: oem30.inf:ATI.Mfg.NTamd64.6.1:ati2mtag_R575:14.501.1003.0:pci\ven_1002&dev_679a&subsys_047e1043
Rank Of Driver: 00E60001
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C
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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Chuck,

I want to thank you for posting this review and I understand that you have an issue with the graphics card. On behalf of ASUS we apologize for any inconvenience this issue has caused you but let me go ahead and further assist you.

Please try the troubleshooting steps below to try to fix the issue.

* Please try to use ifferent cable or use other PCIe slot for the GPU

* Uninstall the GPU driver and install the latest ones. Be sure to select the "Clean Install" option. Get the latest driver version, or even latest Beta version available from Asus site or from the chipset site

* Test the card to other computer for comparison

For further technical assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case #N150766302 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Bad Quality

Pros: come with AMD game bundle

Cons: Artifacts after 5 months of very light use. Didn't happen when I first got it maybe because it was a cold winter. Have to pay shipping out of own pocket to get it sent back

Other Thoughts: Been building and upgrading computers for 15 years. Went through at least 20 Video cards from various manufactures. First dead video card I experience is the first card I got from Asus. Great job....

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome

Pros: Freakin' awesome. This card is cheap and powerful. AMD's cards are dirt cheap right now and their R9 series graphics are impossible to beat at this price. Mine has had zero issues. I changed one setting to make my graphics full screen, but otherwise only installed the drivers easily off of AMD's website. Buy this card for gaming or anything you might desire!

Cons: none.

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