Every once in a while, I find myself watching “American Pickers”, and its actually got nothing to do with waiting for appearances by Dani. OK, that might have something to do with it, but that isn’t pertinent for this particular writing. There are just certain “picks” they go on that produce items that leave me amazed. Whether it is staged or not is inconsequential, it is the fact that the items exist at all. It seems that no matter what you may be into, or into collecting, they turn something up that will pique your interest (pun intended), and that you never knew existed.



One of my particular favorites involved the home of a factory sponsored rider of Indian motorcycles. While Harley Davidson has been the big name for as long as anyone can remember, it has always been Indian that has held my interest. Maybe it was the world speed records, maybe the fact that Indians were so open to modification, I really don’t know for sure. Indian disbanded and was out of the public eye for many years, though, making a comeback as a purely boutique piece in 1999. While AMD didn’t disband, they did fall behind nVidia in the performance race in recent years. However, the new R9 series is changing that and AMD is making a comeback in a big way.



The Gigabyte R9 280X Windforce OC (GV-R928XOC-3GD) takes an already stellar AMD entry and raises it to the next level. Gigabyte has set the R9 280X with 3GB GDDR5 memory on their Ultra Durable VGA technology, upped the clock speeds to an 1100 MHz Boost Clock and incorporated their Windforce 3X cooling for upgrades in every aspect. While we have seen cooling issues with the R9 series in the past, the Windforce Design uses Triangle Cool Technology, three 8mm direct contact heat pipes and three slims fans to keep the heat in check while maintaining low noise levels. This allows for greater clock speeds without downclocking and better OC headroom. The Ultra Durable VGA provides twice the copper of traditional boards, resulting in lower temperatures, better power delivery and higher overclocks. In addition to DVI-I and HDMI connections, the Gigabyte R9 280X features two mini-DisplayPort outputs with one mini to standard DisplayPort Adapter. OC Guru II software is included for OC and fan tweaking, and Gigabyte backs the card with a 3-year warranty.