Editors Liked

  • Good performance
  • Great over clockability
  • Cool running temps
  • New Hawaii features at slightly lower price point
  • Excellent stock performance
  • Phenomenal overclocking capabilities
  • Quiet fans up to 40% PWM, custom PCB
  • Lower power draw than predecessor

Editors Didn't Like

  • Large price increase over 280
  • Only 2GB of memory
  • Non reference board makes likelihood of fullcover water block small
  • Still requires two six pin cables instead of one eight pin
  • 2 GB VRAM compared to 3 GB on the R9 280
  • Quite slow as performance has not improved