The simple fact right up front here is that the AMD R9 280 is an evolution of what saw with AMD’s previous Tahiti products. Mind-blowing performance isn’t what AMD is about these days, and this card is proof of that. It’s got strong performance, but not the unequivocal king of the hill in its price range. Rather, AMD is looking to extend the shelf life and relevance of its current lineup, in a newly refreshed package that offers strong gaming value for consumers.
You still get all of AMD’s new features here, including support for OpenGL, DirectX11.2 and the Mantle API. You also get 1080p gaming at high settings and of course the 4K UltraHD gaming and movie capabilities. For true 4K gaming, you’ll want to pair at least a couple of these in CrossFire to really make a dent in performance.
This card runs wonderfully cool and quiet, and for $260, you really can’t go wrong. In terms of raw performance, the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 isn’t terribly far off the pace of a GTX 770, and if you’re inclined to overclock this card then the gap narrows even closer.
It should come as no surprise that the R9 280 sits directly between the GTX 760 and 770 models, offering consumers a compelling choice for the mid-$200 price range. HIS has certainly done a fantastic job with this card, sporting low temperatures and noise. It is a rather big and heavy card though, so don’t expect to fit it into a smallform HTPC or gaming build. That said, it is sleekly designed, and the gold-and-silver colour scheme is unique and eye catching.
If you’re looking for a capable mid-range graphics card that offers unique styling, and impressively low temperatures and noise, the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 is a great choice.
HIS R9 280 IceQ X2