( 4.7 Average / 19 Ratings )
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Huge card, just barely fits in a Core V1, but thats not a bad thing. Overclocks well. Manually turning the fan up keeps this thing more than cool, even while way overclocked. Noticed 2 single frame artifacts so far, about a week apart, while not overclocked. None this week (3rd week of ownership).
Easily plays minecraft with shaders and 32 bit texture pack + 9 blocks render distance, overclock to 16 blocks render distance smoothly.
I got it at a good price <$200 is very nice
Overclocks very well
Low temps under 40's idle and mids 50's under load (gaming)
Low noise (at least with fans under 60%, anything over you will hear)
All the standard inputs (just wishing for standard display port but it has mini so its fine)
Includes accessories in the box that's nice.
MSI gaming app allows you to oc 70mhz with 1 click which is nice but not really noticeable.
Furmark and Afterburner helped me get this card from 933Mhz to 1150Mhz on the core with mid to low 60's temps during stress testing.
I had no trouble with $20 rebate, just sent the required docs, but did took some time to get it around 2 months.
At over 60% the fans start to really make noise.
The "auto" fan control is a bit too conservative for my taste, but this can be fixed easily with afterburner custom fan curve, so no big deal.
Before buying it I check some reviews and its what I expected it, no more and no less.
I cannot play every game at max settings, but I do play most games somewhere between high and ultra depending on the game with some games getting around 50fps and others 100+fps.
Wonderful card for the price. Hard to beat MSI Twin Frozr 280 for $200. Only downside is the locked core voltage. Limits the overclocking potential. Still able to get excellent performance from it.
This MSI R9 280 may be sold out now, but trust me when I say it packs some serious power. I run most games at 60fps ultra with some shadows turned down (Thanks FX-6300 :( ) It has great overclocking capabilities and I pushed it with about a 15% overclock.