The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (DirectX 9)
The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered.
Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel.
The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons.
Our settings for Skyrim
Here is a video our testing run through, for your reference
The last of our DX9 benchmarks (clinging by its fingernails) again proves that the R9 280 from MSI is nearly on par with the performance of the R9 280X reference speeds and is faster than the R9 270X and GTX 760. However, all four cards are capable of pumping out more than 100 FPS on average on Skyrim at 1080p.
The story doesn't change much as we push the resolution up to 2560×1440 though average frame rates do drop a bit. The R9 280 is still slightly behind the R9 280X but maintains a stronger lead over the GTX 760 and R9 270X (13%).
No overvolting or memory
No overvolting or memory overclocking? The card looks promising with Hynix memory and a good cooler.
$230 is great compared to its current competition, but it isn’t too impressive considering that 7950s dropped to ~$200 quite a while ago, before the Bitcoin inflation.
In the video you say that the
In the video you say that the card has 2GB of VRAM when it actually has three.
Was a story AMD a new tonga
Was a story AMD a new tonga named gpu to replace the r9 280 later this year.
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I’m kind of disappointed.
I’m kind of disappointed.
I looked at the past five graphics card reviews and none of them had the memory overclocked. As much as I like you Ryan, I think that’s pretty ignorant of you to not even consider overclocking the memory.
I understand it doesn’t improve the performance as much as overclocking the core does, but it’s still free performance. You never know if a game has some sort of weird bottleneck that is alleviated after increasing memory frequency.
You should consider that in future reviews.
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Pretty sure I overclocked the
Pretty sure I overclocked the memory on my last review. I know on NV cards often overclocking the memory causes the core to not overclock as well. Some interesting push/pull situations with that…
Ah, you did the review, Josh?
Ah, you did the review, Josh? Said the author was Ryan.
At any rate, Overclocking the memory to it’s limit typically does reduce maximum core overclocking, but not by a significant margin. There’s always a balance to be had between the two. I guess you just didn’t have the time to find that balance. Kudos anyway.
To the last post, I would
To the last post, I would think that you would want to test the card as it was sold. It would be like ordering a card from a retailer and then being upset because it did not overclock well. It is either good for your needs as is or it is not as the manufacture sold it.
As an enthusiast, I’d like to
As an enthusiast, I’d like to overclock things to their limit. It wouldn’t have mattered if the memory didn’t overclock at all. What bothered me was that there was no attempt to find that limit.
I had a pair of 7950s (XFX DDs) which is the same as R9 280 with similar clocks. Memory was set to 5 GHz out of the box. I managed to push them to 6.8 GHz, resulting in significant performance gains. Would have been nice to know what this card would have reached given that different manufacturers use different DRAM.
Another oddball was a reference GTX 760 from EVGA. Core overclocking was abysmal as I managed only 1150 MHz with 1.21V, but the memory went all the way to 7800 MHz from a stock 6000 Mhz simply because they used Samsung memory (Same as the stock memory on GTX 770) as oppose to Hynix which pretty much all other vendors used on their 760s.
when i’m building my new pc i
when i’m building my new pc i wonder how am i going to start installing the OS ,when the motherboard doesn’t have integrated graphics ……..how should the display be able to show images if drivers of the gpu arent installed and there is not integrated graphics on motherboard and how i am going to install the drivers……??
And i have the same question for the other parts like the cpu,cd-room,,,,,,,in a new build pc do this parts start working automatically or what??
It’s a bit late to answer,
It’s a bit late to answer, but I’ll go ahead anyway. First almost all motherboards have integrated graphics now. But even if it doesn’t you would just plug the graphics card into it and it will work. The display might be stuck at 1074×765 or something like that, and look funky and run sluggish till the proper drivers are installed, but it will work. And everything else like the cd-rom will just work too, assuming there’s nothing physically/mechanically wrong and it’s plugged into the motherboard correctly.
I remember before my first build everything seemed a bit intimidating, but it’s really a simple endeavor. Just plug everything in and install the drivers, easy peasy.