ASUS Strix Radeon R9 280 3GB Review
Just last month ASUS announced their latest graphics card design- Strix – which uses a ROG visual design along with a new feature dubbed 0db fan technology. Essentially what this technology does is keep the fans of the graphics card idle until the core temperature reaches 65°C. This means when the GPU is not under load or being pushed in a 3D environment the fans will not be creating any noise.
In total ASUS is offering the Strix design on both AMD and Nvidia silicon and we got our hands on the ASUS Strix R9 280 3GB, which based on the Tahiti Pro graphics processor, the same core used on the last gen HD 7950. Despite it being a refresh from the Southern Islands lineup the R9 280 is still a powerhouse in the mid-range market and can easily run games at 1080p and even some up to 1440p. The Strix design also boasts a 20% improvement in thermal performance over standard designs and it comes with a robust Digi+ voltage regulator that increases the durability by 250%.
Since the AMD Radeon R9 280 is based on the same Tahiti Pro graphics processor the silicon features 28 Compute Units, 1792 Streaming Processors and all 32 ROPs are active. The Tahiti architecture also includes six 64-bit memory controllers, giving it a 384-bit bus. Like the 7950 before it, AMD has also outfitted the card with 3GB of 5.2GHz GDDR5 memory, which with the 384-bit bus equates to a peak memory bandwidth of 249.6GB/s.
|AMD Radeon 200 Series Specification Comparison|
|Model||AMD Radeon R9 280||AMD Radeon R9 280X||AMD Radeon R9 270X||AMD Radeon R7 260X|
|Memory Clock||5GHz GDDR5||6GHz GDDR5||5.6GHz GDDR5||6.5GHz GDDR5|
|Memory Bus Width||384-bit||384-bit||256-bit||128-bit|
|Typical Board Power||250W||250W||180W||115W|
|Manufacturing Process||TSMC 28nm||TSMC 28nm||TSMC 28nm||TSMC 28nm|
|Architecture||GCN 1.0||GCN 1.0||GCN 1.0||GCN 1.1*|