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I'm in need of a huge upgrade in the GPU area. I'm eyeing the 280x but I wanted to get a feel for what the best brand is for it. I'm welcome to other options as well. Thanks
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I'm in need of a huge upgrade in the GPU area. I'm eyeing the 280x but I wanted to get a feel for what the best brand is for it. I'm welcome to other options as well. Thanks
Most of the brands are decent, with two of them (in my opinion) coming off as the best:

Asus Matrix PLATINUM and Sapphire Toxic - top two, build quality and frequency (1100 MHz out of box).

Then comes other cards which are good as well but not as good as the two i mentioned:
Sapphire Vapor X, Gigabyte Windforce, HIS, Asus , etc

So if you want the best R9 280X, it's either Matrix Platinum or Toxic.
The Matrix comes with a mousepad as well.



Then again these two cards aren't cheap, and you should only get one if it's appropriate for you.
Edited by Rar4f - 11/24/13 at 3:27pm
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Go Toxic. I had real problems with the ASUS 7970 Matrix Plat and I will never go back to them!
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Go Toxic. I had real problems with the ASUS 7970 Matrix Plat and I will never go back to them!
What was the problems?
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What was the problems?

I bought two for crossfire and both developed problems even at stock settings of 1100 GPU clocks. Artifacting and temps of 90+. I RMA'd them and bought two 280Xs
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I bought two for crossfire and both developed problems even at stock settings of 1100 GPU clocks. Artifacting and temps of 90+. I RMA'd them and bought two 280Xs
and you had sufficient cooling?
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and you had sufficient cooling?

Well I had two MSI 280Xs in the same case and they never went above 60. So yes, I would say so. I won't go near ASUS again. There are loads of forum posts about problems with the MP 7970
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Well I had two MSI 280Xs in the same case and they never went above 60. So yes, I would say so. I won't go near ASUS again. There are loads of forum posts about problems with the MP 7970
According to this forum post by a user in late october there was no reference to the new Tahiti XTL chip in Matrix card. The transition from XT2 chip to XTL was said to happen in november.
But the MSI r9 280X (along with HIS) had signs of having the XTL chip already late october.
And what did XTL chip promise? Better cooling and power efficiency.

Plus the fact that Matrix Platinum runs 100 MHz (core) and 400 MHz (memory)more than MSI R9 280X.
So perhaps reason why you had issues with your card is because you did not have sufficient cooling? On basis that Matrix has higher frequencies, and that MSI R9 280X may had the XTL chip already.

How many intake and exhaust fans did you have, and how big were they all?
Edited by Rar4f - 11/24/13 at 4:05pm
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Well I had two MSI 280Xs in the same case and they never went above 60.

Seriously?! That seems absurdly low. I too wonder what you system cooling setup is. I've read pretty much every 280x review out there and not a single one reports a game load temp that low, and that's at single card. Did you tweak card fan speeds to a constant 100%?
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Crucial m500 SSD LG GGC H20L Bluray/HDDVD combo drive Watercool Heatkiller IV Pro all copper Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 420 radiator 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 280 radiator Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X3 290X Windows 8.1 Qnix QX2710LED 27" 2560x1440 monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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So is getting a 290 over a 280x worthwhile for the price difference? I want to get a card that will do me great for quite some time
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