PowerColor Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo OC Review

Published by Christian Ney on 09.01.14
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With the new Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo OC, PowerColor introduce its first graphics card equiped with their new TurboDuo cooling system. An efficient and silent solution on the paper according to the manufacturer. Other than that the card features a reference Radeon HD 7970 PCB and a slight factory overclocking. Let's see what it can do.

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The new Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo OC graphics card from PowerColor features a reference design PCB, TurboDuo cooler and a tiny factory overclocking. Overall it is PowerColors interpretation of a non-reference Radeon R9 280X graphics card.

Since it is the TurboDuo OC version of the PowerColor Radeon R9 280X series, the card features a slight factory overclock of 30 MHz on the core. While the standard reference Radeon R9 280X GPU is set to work at 850 MHz for the base clock and 1'000 MHz for the Boost clock, the PowerColor TurboDuo OC works at 880 MHz for the base clock and 1'030 MHz for the Boost clock.

Unfortunately, no factory overclocking was done on the 3GB of GDDR5 memory that remains at the recommended 1'500 MHz (6'000 MHz effective).

During our testing the PowerColor Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo OC held 1'030 MHz most of the load time. We have only experienced downclocking under FurMark where the GPU clock was going up and down from 1'030 MHz (1.150v) to 880 MHz (1.050v) past 70°C. We didn't notice any throttling while gaming.


R9 280X TurboDuo OC R9 280X DC II Top Radeon R9 280X
Chip Tahiti XT2/L Tahiti XT2/L Tahiti XT2/L
Process 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4.31 billion 4.31 billion 4.31 billion
GPU clock 880 MHz 1'070 MHz 850 MHz
GPU Boost clock 1'030 MHz N/A 1'000 MHz
Memory GDDR5 3'072 MB 3'072 MB 3'072 MB
Memory clock 1'500 (6'000) MHz 1'600 (6'400) MHz 1'500 (6'000) MHz
Memory interface 384 Bit 384 Bit 384 Bit
Memory bandwidth 288.0 GB/s 307.2 GB/s 288 GB/s
Shader Cores 2'048 2'048 2'048
TMUs 128 128 128
ROPs 32 32 32
TDP xxx Watt xxx Watt 250 Watt
PCB Type Reference Design Custom Design Reference Design
Lenght (PCB - Total) 26.8 - 26.8 cm 26.8 - 28.7 cm xx.x - xx.x cm
Height (PCB - Total) 11.0 - 13.0 cm 12.2 - 14.8 cm xx.x - xx.x cm
Slots 2 2 2
Cooler TurboDuo DirectCU II AMD Reference
Launch Price $XXX $XXX $299

Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications
Page 2 - The card
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery
Page 4 - In-Game Performance
Page 5 - Temperatures / Noise levels
Page 6 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 7 - Conclusion

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