So today my Asus 280X DC2T arrived to take the place of the Gigabyte rev. 2.0 that I send back a few days ago.
First of all I have to say that it was well worth the extra money. The Build quality is just phenomenal. It feels like a tank compared to the wobbly plastic that is attached to the Gigabyte card.
The Gigabyte card bent down by a lot after a few days sitting in the case, Asus is much more stable and the overall stiffness is higher.
After installing the card, I checked the ASIC, which is 60%. Not very good, but those numbers don't matter that much on AMD cards anyway. Next was GPU Tweak. It allows me to ramp up the voltage to 1,3v from 1,2v stock. Great!
On to the first run of valley benchmarking! First thing I noticed was the silence! The cooler is very capable. It was running @20-25% for quite a while and the GPU still was 50-60° C after a minute.
I managed to do a full run @1220/1850 with 1.3v, result below.
That of course is a bunch away from game stable, I still have to run those tests
The bottom line is I would highly recommend this card, although it is not cheap. But you definitely get a much better build quality, easy voltage control, VRM monitoring (they never got hotter than 75-80° C), a much quieter cooler, and absolutely NO coilwhine. All of those points were the opposite with the Gigabyte card.
Took some pics, check em out!Edited by Jaffi - 12/20/13 at 8:03am