I think one of the most interesting things about video cards is that the performance you see from the cards is always changing. The cards are staying the same obviously, but after a launch we will see numerous driver updates, some of those include updates that improve and optimize in game performance both across the board and sometimes just with specific games. AMD recently introduced their Omega driver that included speed improvements and a LONG list of usability fixes. Well today I just happened to have an R9 280 from Gigabyte on hand. I’m going to see what sets their card apart from the competition and we will also have the chance to see how the new drivers perform as well. Along with that I am introducing a few new benchmarks into our 2015 benchmark suite, enjoy!

Product Name: Gigabyte R9 280

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes




Radeon R9 280

Memory Clock

5000 MHz

Process Technology

28 nm

Memory Size

3072 MB

Memory Bus

384 bit

Core Clock

Base / Boost clock950 / 1072 MHz

Card Bus

PCI-E 3.0

Memory Type






PCB Form


Digital max resolution

4096 X 2160(via a single HDMI connector or DisplayPort and not supported with two DVI connectors)

Analog max resolution

2048 x 1536


DVI-I / mini DisplayPort*2 / HDMI*1

Card size

L=296mm W=134mm H=43mm

Power requirement

600W(with one 6-pin and one 8-pin external power connectors)


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #36141 09 Jan 2015 16:17
Before we hit the weekend, I take a look at an R9 280 from Gigabyte.
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jj_Sky5000 replied the topic: #36143 09 Jan 2015 20:07
I thought this was a old review till I saw the date. I take it your testing the drivers?

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