AMD Explains Performance Variance Among Retail and Press Sample Radeon R9 290X Cards

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Jeffredo

Its a not-so-well-kept secret that tech companies generally send the best samples they have of products for review. This has been going for years. Review websites and publications aren't like Consumer Reports - they aren't going to just buy something at retail and test it. They depend on the companies to send them review samples as basically a form of advertising. Just the way it is.

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Ghost XFX

But that can also backfire in two ways.

1) Reviewers can test those samples and say..." Since we're not sure if these are cherry picked or not, we're going to have to reduce our findings by 15-20% until we have evidence of this' products true performance". That would be a shot in the foot for AMD and Nvidia to continue this practice, which would also mean the reviewers would have an unbias look at the product.

We obviously don't want that to happen.

Problem is, the reviewers have a reputation to uphold as well. If they don't do their part, they lose out on customers for shilling for the companies sending those cherry picked samples. If MPC didn't do it's part in reviewing this stuff, nobody would give them a 2nd thought, and competition is pretty damn fierce.

2) They risk losing customers that no longer trust them to put out a trustworthy product. This will more than likely hurt more than sending those cherry picked samples.

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kiaghi7

Isn't this the same boiler-plate legalese excuse used by every infomercial gimmick do-dad that doesn't perform as well in "the wild" as it does in the advertisement?

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Ghost XFX

Conveniently fishy, no?

Well, It's been discovered that you can replace the thermal paste and change the cooler too and the card stays cooler and performs a lot better. So give it a try when you do.

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Innomasta

Sounds fishy to me

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Number Six

Somebody call in the class action lawyer!

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carage

I would assume there is a little clause in the EULA for the Catalyst driver that says otherwise.

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dgrmouse

Yeah, so? You can put lots of stuff into a shrinkwrap license, but that doesn't make it binding.

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Axel011

Nothing new from this garbage brand. Nvidia all the way.

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The Mac

nothing new here, everyone already knew this.

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Paul_Lilly

AMD's three-paragraph statement is new, the full text of which is available in the source link.

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The Mac

again, nothing that we owners of the r9 didnt already know..

i get they are confirming the issue, but its pretty much a shoulder shrug.....

custom fan profiles pretty much makes this a non-issue...

my R9-290 pro never throttles from heat...

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Carlidan

surprised you got the reference card. I'm still waiting for the AIB ones, and it seems they won't come out until next year. Which is kinda of pissing me off, just got a new monitor and was hoping to have an new gfx with it. :(

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The Mac

the stock cooker is fine, all the talk about heat and noise is blown way out of proportion.

I bought stock because i knew the noise/heat issues wouldnt be a problem for me.

I have a well ventilated case, and its not 2 inches from my ear.

That having been said, i also bought a Gelid Icy2 before they jacked all the prices up ($30) but its still sitting on my coffee table, as i havent had any issues with the stock cooler.

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AFDozerman

I'm seriously about to just buy a reference card and third party add-on cooler. Warranties be damned!

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maleficarus™

LOL!