Used R9 280X 3GB £70 at CEX
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Used R9 280X 3GB £70 at CEX

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Found 2nd Apr 2017
Still a potent 1080p card, especially with the latest drivers. I got one at £85 a few months back which I thought was a bargain, at £70 it's a steal. It's worth noting that although the CEX image shows a reference design, I think only versions with aftermarket coolers were sold.
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Seems to be the going rate they sell on eBay for
bbfb123

Seems to be the going rate they sell on eBay for



​Cex gives you a 2 year warranty
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bbfb123

Seems to be the going rate they sell on eBay for



True, but from CEX you get a guarantee and easy refunds if you don't like what you get.
Hell no, it's coming up to summer and this beast will be screaming like a banshee.
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kester76

Hell no, it's coming up to summer and this beast will be screaming like a … Hell no, it's coming up to summer and this beast will be screaming like a banshee.


A reference edition would, but these were all sold with aftermarket coolers. Mine is a Sapphire Dual-X, a fairly low end version but it runs at decent temps even with an overclock, and it's pretty quiet.
kester76

Hell no, it's coming up to summer and this beast will be screaming like a … Hell no, it's coming up to summer and this beast will be screaming like a banshee.


That depends on the cooler surely?
Most of these can take quite a large undervolt, or you can underclock and undervolt them get a huge reduction in energy-usage (and fan noise). Just have a look at what the miners did: bringing the mining-stable power consumption down from ~180W or more down to about 120W.
However, two major caveats:
- 'mining-stable' is not the same as gaming stable so don't expect as big a power/heat saving
- a lot of these cards have been mining 24/7 for months/years at a time.
Still far safer to buy from CEX than some ebay'er because of the warranty.
Putterill

A reference edition would, but these were all sold with aftermarket … A reference edition would, but these were all sold with aftermarket coolers. Mine is a Sapphire Dual-X, a fairly low end version but it runs at decent temps even with an overclock, and it's pretty quiet.



​I stand corrected, didn't know the r9 280x range was bundled with 3rd party cooling Wonder why CEX used a ref picture, possibly to bundle all r9 290 brands together ?
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Knowing CEX probably just plain lack of knowledge ;-)

I had a reference 7970 once, under load that was like turning a vacuum cleaner on.
Banned
Will run anything maxed out.Great card.
seems like a good card for mining
I dont know what power supply i have but its currently running an old HD 6870, could it run this card?
This card (HD 7970/R9 280X) should pull around 100W+ more at max load compared to the HD 6870.
kester76

​I stand corrected, didn't know the r9 280x range was bundled with 3rd p … ​I stand corrected, didn't know the r9 280x range was bundled with 3rd party cooling Wonder why CEX used a ref picture, possibly to bundle all r9 290 brands together ?




CEX post the most basic picture on any product...i once oredered 2 ddr4 8gb memory sticks as price was 30 quid each showing a basic hynix picture for it but got sent a couple of corsair vengeance lpx's...happy days
Will thus beat a Voodoo graphics card though?
Nice - just ordered the last one. Was looking to upgrade card and didnt want to spend too much. 2 year warranty is better than you get from manufacturers generally !
FYI 280's don't support freesync.
gr8h8me

Will thus beat a Voodoo graphics card though?



Depends on the game? X)

Can't remember what happened to my 12MB Voodoo 2 which I ran with some card by Matrox for 2D.
Amazing card, on par with a r9 380 and gtx 970. Will beat anything at that price point, even going onto the low 100s
Better than rx460 2gb?
coventgamer

Better than rx460 2gb?


280x gets a better synthetic test result
videocardbenchmark.net/com…557
likely will get better fps in most games

had 280x was decent even @ 2k
@ this price you will struggle to find anything better
Edited by: "anza" 2nd Apr 2017
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No. Voodoo was a brake though of its own time, R9 280 is not. Just rebrand.
Decent card but if you get a stock cooler version you'll regret it as they are obnoxiously loud, even more so on the 290, just pray you don't get stock.
Lol @ some of the comments in this thread

"on par with a 970" "will run anything maxed out" "amazing card"

What nonsense

Was a great card a few years ago but it's getting on a bit now. Still decent though
Wold it work on a HP SFF 8200?

Thanks
daniq

Wold it work on a HP SFF 8200?Thanks



Sadly no, these are large cards, that case is way too small, also the power supply wouldn't be able to cope even if you tried to run it without the case.

Edited by: "Steelman111" 2nd Apr 2017
daniq

Wold it work on a HP SFF 8200?Thanks



No. You will need to get a low profile card, and the power demands of this would be too high even if it did fit.
Ironically just got a gigabyte version to tide me over until the GTX 1080ti customs hit. Really surprised at how well it copes, I can run R6 Siege 1440p on high and generally get 70fps +, CS Go 150fps Maxed out no problem but it's not a particularly taxing game. Decent budget card for 1080p.
Would not shop at the joke shop CEX if u payed me ...

But will it run Dinocraft?
Steelman111

Decent card but if you get a stock cooler version you'll regret it as … Decent card but if you get a stock cooler version you'll regret it as they are obnoxiously loud, even more so on the 290, just pray you don't get stock.


Actually, I don't think there were any 280X with the stock reference cooler.
As while yes it was re-brand which people like to moan about, the plus point is that for re-brands there was no reason for AMD to sell any reference cooler models although apparently a few were seeded to reviewers

Perhaps fortunately, AMD's reference Radeon R9 280X is a bit of a phantom … Perhaps fortunately, AMD's reference Radeon R9 280X is a bit of a phantom outside our own labs. If you're shopping for one of these Tahiti-based boards, you're looking at third-party solutions.


tomshardware.co.uk/rad…tml
gr8h8me

Will thus beat a Voodoo graphics card though?


No, not if you're playing a 16 bit game designed for Windows 95.
The Voodoo will easily manage that. This card will struggle like hell because there are no Drivers for windows 9x.

Voodoo wins.
hamzahuk

Amazing card, on par with a r9 380 and gtx 970. Will beat anything at … Amazing card, on par with a r9 380 and gtx 970. Will beat anything at that price point, even going onto the low 100s



It's not on par with a 970, it's a re-branded 7970 which makes it 2 generations older than the 970.
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Joshimitsu91

It's not on par with a 970, it's a re-branded 7970 which makes it 2 … It's not on par with a 970, it's a re-branded 7970 which makes it 2 generations older than the 970.



Two generations? 7970 and Kepler GK104 (GTX680/670/770 etc.) were the same generation. GTX 700 series were mostly re-brand aside from GTX780 and GTX780Ti. Then GTX970 is Maxwell.
I make that one generation, not two. The 750Ti is the only real outliner as it was the Maxwell pipe-cleaner and confuses things somewhat.
But, yes performance wise this does not compete with the 970 except maybe in very compute-heavy games, however it does outperform its actual competitor GTX770 by about 15% and has 3GB not 2GB which probably makes an even bigger difference in current games.
oos
How ever you look at it, It's still a fast card, Especially if you run it with the vulkan API, At 1080p I get 100 fps with Doom maxed out with a 7970 and 4.7ghz i5, Even now there arn't many games it can't play maxed or close too at 1080p.
Just went in to my local CEX and picked up a boxed Sapphire Dual X OC version for 70 quid. Only one they had but with 2 year warranty it was a nice deal.

Now to buy a PC to put it in...

What PSU will I need for this? Something beefy I assume
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darynquinn

Just went in to my local CEX and picked up a boxed Sapphire Dual X OC … Just went in to my local CEX and picked up a boxed Sapphire Dual X OC version for 70 quid. Only one they had but with 2 year warranty it was a nice deal.Now to buy a PC to put it in...What PSU will I need for this? Something beefy I assume



Exactly the same model I have, I'm using a 500w EVGA psu which handles it fine.
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