( 4.9 Average / 24 Ratings )
Best bang for the buck, love it
One of the Best Budget cards ever made. It's tricky to give game FPS because i have a low end CPU which impacts the performance but with my setup it can run AAA games Medium-High settings 40-60FPS depending if the game is well optimized. I would like it to have a bit more power considering its price point however sacrifices need to be made to get that sweet sweet 3GB DDR5. It runs extremely quiet at lowest fan speeds (25%) and can also be turned completely off when idle with MSI Afterburner. The only complaint i have is the AMD Raptr software not recognizing that this card is a 280 and cant run all games Max settings, and it also recommends, no matter what setting you choose, it still recommends you play at 720p? WTF AMD i thought this was 2015 not 2007. Anyway you can still choose to completely ignore the optimizer and play most games realty well.
I wish I could add more stars to this review. This is the most bang-for-your-buck card you can get. Paired with the FX 6300 it is able to get a stable 60fps at 1440x900 in most games.
Definitely worth the price.
Could not ask for a better performance/dollar ratio
In a GPU market that marches relentlessly onward to newer and faster cards it's pretty impressive that I would strongly consider purchasing this card again even a year and a half later. The R9 280 is a real sweetheart of a card and is standing the test of time very well despite having been outmoded by two successive models since. Sapphire's cooler is quiet and effective - I almost never notice the fan noise.