AMD Radeon R9 290X: Press Board vs. Retail Board

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The Mac

I really wish you people would indicate whats actually been updated

I cant for the life of me figure out what was updated.

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rsaotome

From what I've gathered, is that the reason you can't find any Radeon R9 280/x or 290/x @ any retailers, is the damn Bitcoin miners. When will that craze just freaking end.

I have a busted 3 year old Radeon that's needed replacing, but so far I've been SOL. Hopefully MSI will release their custom cooled ver. soon.

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vrmlbasic

I thought that the bitcoiners had moved on to dedicated bitcoin-mining hardware due to its price & power/efficiency superiority over GPUs?

If those grinders block me from getting one of the custom 290-series GPUs for my gaming then they'll get a thumbs-down from me.

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The Mac

the ASICS arent quite there yet, plus they are coin sepecific.

If you do ALT coins, wich are way more profitable right now, rather than straight bitcoins, they are hard to find.

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Ghost XFX

See!? See?! That damn Noodle Strainer fan! Get rid of that damn fan!

Tom's hardware did their own findings, said if you swap out the cooler, it performs very well. They even changed the thermal paste and found that it preformed just as one would think vs factory paste.

I'm waiting on the non-reference GPUs. I wouldn't dare buy a reference cooler fan card. But why does it feel like the only ones available have that damn fan? Where in the hell are the non-ref coolers?

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The Mac

early Janurary...

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Carlidan

That's what I've heard too. Grrrr........

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vrmlbasic

Why do they even make reference cards? Especially when it seems apparent that any card with a 3rd party cooler is going to annihilate these reference cards?

When a good 290 comes out I'll be set for a long while as 2560*1440 is effortless for that card.

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blackdog

The growing pains of marketing a gpu from the top down as I see it. A strange road to take but I'm never one to go by reference models as I believe they are all just first out the door parts. I'm waiting to see what vendors such as Asus or XFX do with the chip before making a decision. Right now I'm on the fence between a GTX 780 or R9 290. I agree that the performance difference between the 290 and 290X is too close so why pay the premium for a marginal increase. Once custom versions arise then I'll decide. I need something to push 2560x1440 with ease.

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John Pombrio

No complaints from me with a 27 inch Dell IPS 2560x1440 with my EVGA SC GTX780 card. Battlefield 4 and Far cry 3 run smoothly and I know those are tough games for cards these days. NVidia has also been very aggressively tweaking the drivers lately to make these games run even faster. So far, so good!

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vrmlbasic

Battlefield 4 is a tough game for GPUs? The screenshots I've seen must not have been doing it justice then. Though the consoles, with DICE throwing out the disclaimer that they haven't tapped all the potential of the consoles, can't run it at 1920*1080 so in that regard it is tough...but so was every other console game ever.

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The Mac

I bought the 290 pro reference from sapphire.

The thing is a beast, i have it at 1100 core with a +50mv offset, im sure i could push it to at least 1200 with the full +100mv. And thats on the reference cooler.

Mostly its a 30% increase over my 7970 dual-x

Honestly, value wise this thing beats the living hell out of both my 7970 dual-x, and my 6970....

i dont think ive seen this kind of $/performace since the x1900 series...

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vrmlbasic

Wow, and here I am, typing this post from a machine with a crossfire setup that is just about equal to a single 7970...

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John Pombrio

By the time the OEMs stop selling just a reference board, the differences will be washed away.

This is still no way to "surprise and delight" the customers to ship boards that will be guaranteed to run slower than all the published benchmarks. Did they really think no one would notice?

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TheMissingPiece

I'm not too concerned about stock boards either, since I imagine that most people will want an aftermarket cooler (From what I saw of the 7000 series, I found few, if any stock cards). I find it a little interesting that AMD decided to keep the stock cooler for so long.

By the way...since you guys bought that retail board that comes with BF4...I sure could use it if you guys won't... :P)

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beta212

Crappy OEM fans, I wonder which factory in china designed these fans this time. Time for non-ref boards!