Asus Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II Top Unboxing & Review (3GB) | Unboxholics
Hello there unboxers! This is Sakis Karpas, your usual host of Unboxholic’s video reviews. Today we’ll take a look at Asus Radeon R9 280X Direct CU II Top, which is praised by Asus for being the coolest and the most quiet R9 280X. A few weeks ago, we uploaded our review for the Sapphire 280X Toxic Edition. Check it out if you haven’t already! It’s time to start the unboxing process. We removed the cover of the box and inside it we found a quick start up guide, a manual, a CD with special software from Asus, a 6+6 pin to 8 pin molex and a Crossfire connection bridge. The graphics card is protected with foam and a plastic cover right below the peripherals we found earlier on top of it. One thing that stood out is the fact that the card is heavy and big. These are the dimensions of the card: Length: 28.4cm Width: 14.4cm Thickness: 3.8cm Asus has done an incredible job with the design of the card while the red and black combination offers a very aggressive look. We really like seeing a protective cover for the PCB in a graphics card but this card doesn’t have one. The uniqueness of this card steams from the Direct CU II Top which promises low noise levels and effective cooling with the help of the dual fan design. The heat dissipation is accomplished with 600% more airflow due to the dual fan design, the huge heatsink and the copper heatpipes. On the top of the card we find a 6pin and an 8pin power port along with a DirectCU II logo. On the left side of the card we find the Crossfire connection and the PCI Express 3.0 connector at the bottom. The available ports on the back are a DVI-D port, a DVI-I port, an HDMI port and a Display port. Let’s take a look at some technical specs! VRAM: 3GB GDDR5 (384bit) clocked at 6.4GHz Core Clock: 1070Hz with 2048 stream processors 307GB/s Memory Bandwidth with a 28nm GCN Architecture Features like DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, Mantle, TrueHD & DTSHD Audio are fully featured in this card. The biggest disadvantage of this card is the fact that it needs 300W from your PSU, so we totally recommend having a 600W PSU in your PC. Before showing you the performance stats of our tests for this card, I would like to say that this card delivers exactly what it promises. The Asus Radeon R9 280X Direct CU II never reached beyond the 70°C temperature mark even at the heaviest tasks, which is way lower than most high-end cards of the market. The noise levels were also excellent even at full load, without ever going over 35 decibels. The Asus Radeon R8 280X Direct CU II Top is now available with a starting price of €297. It may not be among the best R9 280X cards when it comes to frames per second but it definitely is the leader when it comes to low noise and temperature levels. Anyhow, this is a top notch card for those who take the AMD/Sapphire side. What is the video card that you currently have in your system? Tell us in the comments section. Last but not least, like this episode if you enjoyed it and subscribe for more gaming and tech unboxings/presentations. If you’re interested in the tech industry, check out Unboxholics.com for the latest news and don’t forget to follow us on GameOver.gr, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. Until the next episode, take care!