Our Final Thoughts
Overall the AMD launch was a bit of a let down to some as they basically just renamed several models but to me I see it as a great move since they are not ready with a full line of new GPUs yet they took one massive GPU and announced it along with renaming many existing models to fill in the new offering until they can come around for a new launch once all of the GPUs are ready to roll.
The lower price on the 280X or 7970GHz edition to 299 price point is awesome and makes it a viable option at a great price point.
The 280X pulls right behind the 770 which is quite a surprise since the 770 comes to market at a MSRP of $399 which makes for a 100 dollar delta with a minimal performance gain. This makes the 280X that much more of an incredible deal for gamers looking for great performance at a reasonable price.
Add to this the fact that the Never Settle bundle has many top end games available and you can get yet another 120 dollars in value pending the games offered are of interest to you and well honestly most of them are actually pretty awesome titles.
Performance - 8.5
Value - 9.5
Quality - 9.5
Features - 9
Innovation - 9
The new MSI Radeon R9-280X is a powerful, capable and affordable card ready to take gamers to the next level and beyond.