HIS Radeon R9 280, 285, 280X, 290X IceQ X2

Published: 18th Oct 2014, 09:57 GMT

Conclusion

Time to wrap things up.

As for the review itself: Originally I was planning to make this review on one page. However once I added more content it became obvious that there were far too many charts and pictures to to keep things tidy. With multi-page review you are able to skip the boring parts and jump right into the topics that are important to you.

Performance rating
GAMESSYNTHETIC BENCHMARKSOVERALL
1080p1440p1080p + 1440p
AVG FPS(%)AVG FPS(%)(%)(%)(%)
EVGA GTX 760 SuperClocked ACX65.293.7%42.192.5%93.1%92.2%92.7%
HIS R9 280 IceQ X² OC65.994.6%45.199.3%97.0%101.8%99.4%
HIS R9 285 IceQ X² OC69.6100.0%45.5100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
HIS R9 280X iPower IceQ X² Turbo75.3108.2%52.5115.3%111.8%117.3%114.%
Palit GTX 770 JetStream82.5118.5%54.4119.6%119.1%114.6%116.8%
HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X² Turbo94.5137.7%69.8153.6%144.6%155.7%150.2%
Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC110.1158.1%79.5175.9%166.5%177.7%172.1%

 



HIS Radeon R9 280, 285, 280X, 290X IceQ X2 WhyCry

HIS Radeon R9 285 IceQ X2 OC (H285QMB2GD)

Performance - 85%
Cooling & Design - 85%
OverClocking - 80%
Price & Bundles - 100%

1080p performance
Quiet and efficient cooling solution
Never Settle Gold Reward (3 Games)
Power consumption higher than expected

88%



Radeon R9 285 turned out to be good Tahiti replacement. Shorter bus does have an impact in 1080p+ gaming performance, but due to more efficient color compression algorithms, it did better than other 256-bit cards in this test.
HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 is available for a little over 260 USD. It may not be as power efficient as the new Maxwell architecture, but it's definitely cheaper. The difference between R9 285 and R9 280 is minimal.


HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X² OC (H280QMC3G2M)

Performance - 85%
Cooling & Design - 85%
OverClocking - 100%
Price & Bundles - 100%

Great overclocking potential
Good 1440p gaming experience
Custom PCB
Never Settle Gold Reward (3 Games)
Color scheme

93%

Masterpiece



HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQX2 was my favorite card in this review. We are looking at 2011 technology here, 2011 technology that is offering the same performance level as Tonga launched in September 2014. Yes, it is slower in some games and less energy efficient than R9 280, but the difference is so small that no one should be concerned about it. Most importantly, Radeon R9 280 is faster than GeForce GTX 760. This card was designed for overclocking, we easily gained 12% higher performance with no hassle.


HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X² Turbo (H280XQMT3G2M)

Performance - 90%
Cooling & Design - 85%
OverClocking - 100%
Price & Bundles - 100%

Efficient cooling solution
Good overclocking
Custom PCB
Never Settle Gold Reward (3 Games)
Color scheme

94%

Masterpiece



Radeon R9 280X is a GeForce GTX 770 counterpart. Both cards compete against each other in our various scenarios. Synthetic benchmarks seem to favor Radeon solution, while GTX 770 performs better in games. In the end, both cards offer similar experience, however Radeon R9 280X surely has more overclocking potential.


HIS Radeon R9 290X iPower IceQ X² Turbo (H290XQMT4GD)

Performance - 100%
Cooling & Design - 85%
OverClocking - 60%
Price & Bundles - 100%

Backplate
Good performance with Mantle
Factory-overclocked memory
Custom PCB
Never Settle Gold Reward (3 Games)
Poor overclocking
Color scheme

86%

Awesome



Without a doubt, R9 290X is the fastest Radeon card in this review. HIS R9 290X does really well in 1440p resolution, where bandwidth is the second most important consideration to make (the number of unified cores always has a bigger impact on performance). I was quite disappointed with overclocking on this sample, but we still managed to squeeze some performance from this card. This is the only card that was able to utilize full potential Mantle.


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti OC (GV-N78TOC-3GD)

Performance - 100%
Cooling & Design - 95%
OverClocking - 100%
Price & Bundles - 75%

Efficient cooling solution
Lots of overclocking headroom
Custom PCB
Expensive (at launch)

93%

Masterpiece



Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti was the fastest card in this review. Thanks to efficient cooling solution, GPU Boost has a wide field of adjustment. Out-of-the-box we were getting 10% better performance, yet we had no trouble overclocking it to even higher levels. WindForce 3X 450W is very quiet solution, although I found it nosier than my previous (platsic) WindForce model from 600 series.


Palit GeForce GTX 770 JetStream (NE5X770S1042-1045J)

Performance - 90%
Cooling & Design - 80%
OverClocking - 90%
Price & Bundles - 70%

Efficient cooling solution
Good overclocking potential
Above-average performance
Custom PCB
Cooler design

83%

Awesome



Palit GTX 770 did exceptionally well in this review. While I cannot say I'm a fan of the design, this cooling solution did a great job, even during aggressive overclocking. Like I said earlier, GTX 770 does better in games than R9 280X, but it lacks potential in synthetic benchmarks.


EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Superclocked ACX (02G-P4-2765-KR)

Performance - 80%
Cooling & Design - 85%
OverClocking - 90%
Price & Bundles - 90%

Good overclocking
Quality bundle
Noisy fan

86%

Awesome



EVGA GTX 760 SuperClocked makes the most out of Kepler GK104-225. Not only does it come with high factory clocks, but also a great bundle. The cooler looks aesthetically pleasing, however it wasn't the quietest solution.



by WhyCry