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MSI Radeon R9 280 OC Review

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  • Pre-Overclocked Performance – Most MSI Gaming graphics cards come pre-overclocked out of 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!
  • Advanced Twin Frozr IV –  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.
  • 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 to be able to withstand the torturous circumstances of extreme gaming and overclocking.


Graphics Engine AMD Radeon R9 280
Interface 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
Outputs  1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 2 x Mini DisplayPort
Max Resolution 2560×1600
DirectX Version 11.2
OpenGL Version 4.3
Dimensions 269 x 128 x 37 mm
Weight 849


Packaging and Accessories

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The MSI R9 280 came in pretty standard packaging, giving you a quick run-down of the key features and specs on the back. Aside from the card itself, MSI includes a driver CD, user guide, Mini DP to DisplayPort, DVI to HDMI, PCI-E 8 pin to 6 pin, and double molex to 6 pin adapters.

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