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Howdy.

I have (almost) enough money to get a R9 280x. Now, looking at reviews, benchmarks, etc I've noticed that it performs the same, if not better than nVidia's GTX 770, and AMD's card is (in my case) $100 cheaper exactly.

My question to you folks is, what would be the best card to buy out of the 280x line. Im kinda picky, and i want the card to look good, and perform well. And, if im lucky, be able to have a backplate bought separately from the manufacturer.

Quick summary, looking at getting a 280x, not sure which one. Going for looks and performance, (i know i know) and my PC is themed black/blue.



Thanks all.

Btw, this is the website i will be purchasing the card from, take a look.

http://www.pccasegear.com

EDIT: Forgot to mention, my budget is give or take $400 AUD.

Most of the R9 280x's are going for $20-$30 cheaper. It's not really a big deal to be honest haha.

I'd go with the Gigabyte one as it has a blue PCB and dark grey/blackish cooler and cools well too. Performance right now is unknown (between different brands) as they aren't going to be massively purchased as everyone is waiting on the 290x.
 
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well he did say blue was in his build scheme rofl lachen.gif

if that blue pcb doesnt bother him, out of all cards i have benched on air(which isnt many anymore, i only do water now lol) the gigabyte windforce cards have had the coolest temps and lowest noise.

I have been looking at this, now it does have red on it, but i think some fine fine grit sandpaper and some paint would fix that, plus it has two DVI ports, plus, good cooling, with that little fan and stuff, plus black PCB, plus ASUS is a highly recommended and truly trusted company, much like Corsair.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1559&products_id=25324

Im kind of leaning over here on this one, explain to me why this is a bad plan.
    
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Just for the sake of all things Aesthetic, OP pls don't buy powercolor's card; Blue+Black cooler w/ a Red pcb RUSRS?!?
post #14 of 38
if you can get past the blue pcb, gigabyte's windforce cooler was the best air cooler i have ever tested.

If HIS make a 280x IceQ X² card though, grab that sucker so fast, i absolutely love my HIS 7970s, by far the best overclocking cards i had, even though the windforce kept them cooler(and quieter)
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I have been looking at this, now it does have red on it, but i think some fine fine grit sandpaper and some paint would fix that, plus it has two DVI ports, plus, good cooling, with that little fan and stuff, plus black PCB, plus ASUS is a highly recommended and truly trusted company, much like Corsair.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1559&products_id=25324

Im kind of leaning over here on this one, explain to me why this is a bad plan.

ive only used one asus card air cooled, it wasnt mine personally, but my friend let me borrow it to test it, it was a asus directCUII 7970, compared it to my HIS and gigabyte 7970s, the directCUII performed pretty well, i dont remember much about it other than it kept the card cool, and i didnt notice the fan if left on auto when i was testing it in a corsair 800D case with the side on.
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MSI HD 7970 Lightning boost edition . AUD 429. 1150 mhz clocks out of the box. the fastest factory clocked HD 7970 aka R9 280X. thumb.gif

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=21977
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Pros of gigabyte card:

- Good cooler
- No tiering of cards like other vendors (I have explained this with sources previously in another thread... hopefully no one replies with OMG VEND0RZ DON'T TiER GPUS ANYMOAR MAN!!1!)
- The 280x now has metal supports to stop flexing (linus has done an unboxing)

Cons of gigabyte card:
- Dat blue PCB tho...

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post #18 of 38
it appears HIS will be making a 280x card, found the link from newegg,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161440

if you can wait for it to release, i would highly recommend HIS

i have 4x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431 from them, best 7970s ive had.
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Pros of ASUS cards in general:

- Fairly good cooling (heatpipez)
- Usually have waterblocks for them
- Usually some sort of custom PCB
- Voltage mods if you own a ASUS mobo
- JJ is the only marketing dude who doesn't talk the typical marketing-looping-talk

Cons:

- Mixed response for RMA process
- Red and Black better be your style
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Pros of ASUS cards in general:

- Fairly good cooling (heatpipez)
- Usually have waterblocks for them
- Usually some sort of custom PCB
- Voltage mods if you own a ASUS mobo
- JJ is the only marketing dude who doesn't talk the typical marketing-looping-talk

Cons:

- Mixed response for RMA process
- Red and Black better be your style

dem heatpipes on asus cards are a thing of beauty, thats for sure.
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