MSI Radeon R9 280 GAMING OC Video Card Review

Priced at roughly $260 we have the MSI R9 280 GAMING OC video card, which features pre-overclocked performance, MSI's Twin Frozr IV cooling system, and highest end components. We'll focus on performance when gaming at 1080p between this boss and the GeForce GTX 760 video card!

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with Hyper-threading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We have recently upgraded our system to run the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.

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Driver Information :

For the MSI R9 280 GAMING OC video card we are using Catalyst 14.6 Beta V1.0.

For the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 we are using ForceWare 337.88 WHQL dated 5/26/2014. It was the latest driver available during time of testing.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the MSI R9 280 GAMING OC video card with the Catalyst 14.6 Beta V1.0.

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