System Overview & Testing Procedures
When you get the card installed and turn your system on you will notice the Sapphire logo on the card lights up a bright yellow. If you have a case window this will give a nice effect.
This is the system we will be using to test the Sapphire Radeon R9 280X Toxic.
Processor: Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X Toxic
Memory: 16GB Kingston 10th Anniversary
Power: Cooler Master V850
Storage: 750GB SATA Drive
Cooling: be quiet! Shadow Rock 2
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II with 5 fans
As always we’re first going to verify our numbers and make sure we’re accurately reporting the performance specification of the card. Here’s a GPU-Z screenshot, listing all the information. The card is running with an overclock of of 1100 MHz core and 1150 MHz boost. The memory is also overclocked up to 6.4 GHz (effective).
For our tests we will be comparing the Sapphire Radeon R9 280X to a few other graphics cards we have on hand. They are listed below along with their core, boost and memory speeds
EVGA GTX 680: 1006 MHz / 1058 MHz / 6000 MHz
MSI GTX 770 Gaming: 1059 MHz / 1111 MHz / 7010 MHz
Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X: 850 MHz / 950 MHz / 5000 MHz
Sapphire R9 280X Toxic: 1100 MHz / 1150 MHz / 6400 MHz
When we cover graphics cards, we always run the same benchmarking suites and then a selection of the most popular and hardware intensive games available. I have separated our tests into 2 different sections (Benchmarks & Games) and you can see them listed below.
3DMark – Fire Strike
Alien vs Predator
Max Payne 3