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

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DX11: Battlefield 3

In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the Elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York. As a U.S. Marine in the field, periods of tension and anticipation are punctuated by moments of complete chaos. As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions force players to the grounds, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before.

The graphics engine behind Battlefield 3 is called Frostbite 2, which delivers realistic global illumination lighting along with dynamic destructible environments. The game uses a hardware terrain tessellation method that allows a high number of detailed triangles to be rendered entirely on the GPU when near the terrain. This allows for a very low memory footprint and relies on the GPU alone to expand the low res data to highly realistic detail.

Using Fraps to record frame rates, our Battlefield 3 benchmark test uses a two-minute capture on the Intro stage (after interogation cut-scene) of Operation Swordbreaker. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings.

  • BattleField 3
    • Settings: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, AA Post High, 16x AF 120s Fraps scene (Operation Swordbreaker)

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Battlefield 3 Benchmark Results

Graphics Card GeForce GTX560Ti HIS R9 270X HIS R9 280 GeForce GTX770 HIS R9 280X
GPU Cores 384 1280 1792 1536 2048
Core Clock (MHz) 950 1050 953 1046 1000
Shader Clock (MHz) 1900 1140 Boost N/A 1085 Boost 1050 Boost
Memory Clock (MHz) 1050 1400 1250 1752 1500
Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit


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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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