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Price and Availability

addtocartOriginally, the Asus R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 has a suggested retail price of $309.99. That’s only $10 above the AMD Radeon R9 280X’s price. But unfortunately, this card has become very attractive to crypto-currency miners, or BitCoin miners. It can produce 700KHash/sec, performance was great at a great price. When many people started to join the crypto mining bandwagon, demand for Radeon cards, specially the R9 series became very high, but supplies became were very low.  Now, retailers have taken advantage of this craze and increased the price of the Radeon cards significantly, sometimes more than double.

UPDATE: The price of the Asus R9 280X DirectCU II TOP on has gone down. Currently it sells for only $379.99 $269.999 here. Now that’s better compared to the insanely huge price hike before.  This is basically due to the demand of mining has gone down, and NVIDIA’s recent release of the more attractive GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards.

Asus R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 Review: Conclusion

Leaving the price hike behind, the Asus Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP, overall, is a fantastic card. It’s goes on par with the GeForce GTX 770, and it is obviously faster than the GTX 760. Honestly, if not for the insane price increase of the R9 280X graphics card, not to mentions it’s always out of stock, it will have the GTX 770 a run for it. And although it is just a rebrand of the old HD 7970, many gamers (specially AMD fan boys) will find this card to be very attractive.

Asus’ Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP is even better compared to the reference R9 280X, in the sense that it features DirectCU II cooler which is very effective when cooling the card even in overclock settings. It also features Super Alloy Power and DiGi+ VRM, that not only will help you overclock the card easily, but it will also help maintain the overall stability and life of the graphics card.

Overall, I like the Asus Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP, if not only for the insanely high price today, this would be a steal. I’m not sure if in other regions prices are abnormally high as well. But for now, this card deserves the  PC Enthusiast’s Highly Recommended award based on the original $309.99 price tag.

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Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

4 COMMENTS

    • No, it won’t support DX12. Only r9 290, r9 285 and r7 260 plus X versions will only support DX12, but not fully. Low level code (the most interessant thing of DX2) will not be supported on these.
      First GPU that will fully support DX12 will be r9 3xx.

      • That’s what actually bothers me Andreu. Some sources are claiming that it can, BUT partially and not all features. And like you say it won’t support. Either way, if the user wishes to take advantage of the DX12 fully, it’s still best to get the latest graphics card, rather than buying something that is an old generation, not to mention a rebranded one as well.

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