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HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X² OC 3GB Video Card Review

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HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X² OC 3GB Video Card Review

By Steven Iglesias-Hearst

Manufacturer: Hightech Information System Ltd.
Product Name: R9 280 IceQ X² OC 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E DLDVI-I/HDMI/2xMini DP
Model Number: H280QMC3G2M
UPC: 4895139009644
Price As Tested: $279.99 (NewEgg | Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by HIS.

In this next installment of AMD’s GPU 14 R9 line-up, Benchmark Reviews will be testing the HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X² OC 3GB Video Card (Model# H280QMC3G2M). As the name suggests, this particular model features the high end IceQ X2 cooler from the HIS labs and faster Core and Memory speeds. I have seen the evolution of this cooler first hand and I know it to be fully capable. Two 89mm dual axial fans and five heatpipes ensure that your temperatures will stay well within safe limits.

Many say that these R9 and R7 GPU’s are simply re-brands of the 7000 series of AMD video cards but I think there is slightly more to it than that. Yes they are re-branded GPU’s, but they feature faster core speeds and faster memory that the previous generation of 7000 series video cards. Also, AMD have had more time to fine tune their drivers to get the best possible performance out of these new SKU’s.

What’s new in Radeon R9 280: revamped AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture supports upcoming DirectX 11.2 API, UltraHD 4K resolution-ready via DisplayPort MST streams, and a new AMD CrossFire technology via hardware DMA engine.

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HIS Radeon R9 280 OC 3GB Video Card Specifications

  • Total Stream Processors: 1792
  • Engine Clock: 900 MHz base speed, 953 MHz Boost
  • Memory Configuration: 3GB GDDR5 / 384-bit
  • Memory Speed: 5 Gbps
  • Power Connectors: 1x 6-pin + 1×8-pin
  • PCI-E Standard: PCI-E 3.0
  • API Support: DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, Mantle
  • Card Dimension: 29.7 x 14.3 x 4.4 cm

UltraHD 4K Resolution is:

  • 3840 x 2160 30 Hz TV
  • 4096 x 2160 24 Hz TV
  • Half frame 1920 x 2160 60 Hz IT
  • Half frame 2048 x 2160 60 Hz IT


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  1. bnjohanson

    If you can put 6 of them in SLI in an attached tower, …it could be pretty good.

    1. RealNeil

      I have two of them in crossfire and they ~are~ pretty good.

    2. Steven Iglesias-Hearst

      You will do very well to SLI 6 of these video cards since SLI is an NVIDIA technology, and the upper limit for multiple GPU configurations is 4.

      I expect you mean CrossFireX? And even still, going above 3x CrossFireX is utterly overkill.

  2. Hassan Mujtaba

    The PCB shot is the Radeon R9 270X, not the 280 IceQ X2 OC.

    1. Steven Iglesias-Hearst

      Thanks for pointing that out for me Hassan. The review has been updated with the correct image.

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