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ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB GDDR5 (R9280X-DC2T-3GD5) review

ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB GDDR5 - Overclocking Required

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Overall rating 8/10
Quiet and good cooling capacity
ASUS GPU Tweak utility
Reasonable price point
Conservative factory overclock
Power consumption level on high side

Unigine 4.0 "Heaven" & Unigine "Valley" 1.0

Unigine 4.0 "Heaven" Results

The latest version of Unigine’s longstanding "Heaven" benchmark tests GPUs with extreme tessellation, dynamic sky with volumetric clouds, real-time global illumination, and screen-space ambient occlusion among others.


Unigine 1.0 "Valley" Results

Unigine's Valley benchmark renders a highly detailed seamless landscape, which covers a total land area of 64,000 square kilometers. It also utilizes dynamic sky effects, volumetric clouds, sun shafts, DOF, and ambient occlusion.


The ASUS card showed its strength at the resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, with anti-aliasing enabled, and even managed to beat the GTX 770 for the Unigine Heaven benchmark by a margin of 6.2%. It narrlowly lost to the NVIDIA card for the Valley benchmark. As strong showing here can be attributed to its large number of ROPs, as well as its large 384-bit memory interface and its video buffer memory that is rated at 6000MHz. However, FPS still dips below 30 when considering AA performance at the highest resolution.