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XFX R9 280 Black OC Edition Review

Rating: 9.0.

For many enthusiast gamers, the ‘sweet spot' price point for a graphics card is around the £200 mark. For this kind of cash you can get a solution capable of powering the latest Direct X 11 games at 1080p, and some even at 1600p. We recently had a look at the excellent MSI R9 280 Gaming Edition and the PNY GTX760 XLR8 cards, both priced around £185 inc vat. We had a lot of readers ask about the XFX R9 280 Black Edition, clocked at 1GHZ and available at a very attractive £179.99 from Scan. Is this a good card to shortlist?

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There is no doubt, the XFX R9 280 Black OC Edition is a ‘looker'. We will take a closer look at the hardware on the next page, but we certainly find the appearance of the latest XFX cards to be genuinely appealing.
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The XFX R9 280 Black OC Edition is overclocked to 1000mhz and the 3GB of GDDR5 memory is overclocked to 1,300mhz (5.2GBps effective).

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3 comments

  1. What kind of VRM temps did you get with this card? I’m a little worried as after just 5 mins of Furmark with stock settings my card has VRM temps of 99 degrees.

  2. Hi dav, I meant to add that in. have done now on the temperature page.