It’s taken AMD some time to fully transition its original GCN GPUs from the HD 7000 series to the new family that also incorporates the Hawaii-based cards, but this review completes our look at the AMD Radeon R7 and R9 200-series from the R7 260X all the way through to the mighty R9 295X2. Despite being announced a while ago with little fanfare, the R9 280 (a rework of the HD 7950 Boost) is fairly new to the market, with stock only recently arriving at retailers (and our labs). The cheapest we’ve been able to find it for is £175, but with the R9 280X hovering around £200, even £190 in a few places, it’s fairly closely priced to existing SKUs. The GTX 760 is Nvidia’s closest card, and it can be found for around £165.
Specifically, we’ve been furnished with the XFX Double Dissipation Edition, which also happens to be the least expensive R9 280 on sale as far as we can see – always a good start. XFX also sells the DD Black Edition, which has the same design but ships with core and memory overclocks. In the box you’ll find a dual molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adaptor, and a dual 6-pin PCI-E power to single 8-pin PCI-E power adaptor, so you should be able to find a way to wire everything up even if your PSU is a little sparse when it comes to spare connectors.