Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X OC Review

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BlazePC

Radeon R9 280X with 3 GB on-board

Period

(otherwise you are covertly funding NRE for future designs with these 290x piggy bank busters)

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AFDozerman

It's beautiful, no doubt, and a great performer, but my experience with my own 290x has me questioning whether or not it's worth it. After months of crashes and questionable performance issues as well as driver issues such as OpenCL accelerated software crashing upon kernel compilation, I've decided that AMD has until my next upgrade to show me that they're still worth it, drivers being the determining factor.

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vrmlbasic

Ouch. Which 290x did you get?

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LatiosXT

If what ExtremeTech said about AMD is true, that they focus on optimizing other's software, then all hope is lost that they care about their drivers.

It's nice and all that they want to support others, but if your own stuff isn't working well, then why bother at all?

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AFDozerman

We'll see. My 7770 is still running great.

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Innomasta

I know it took a lot for you to say that. I'm proud of you!

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AFDozerman

I defend AMD because my experience so far has been better than the general anecdotal rhetoric. Like I said in my other post, we'll see, but it makes me sick to think that I spent so much of my hard earned money on something and an RMA later, I still can't get past five minutes in BF4 or less doing a LuxRender job.

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VoodooChicken

As of August 5, 2014, NewEgg has it for $480, with an additional $30 rebate card available. Updated Never Settle Forever bundle gives 3 games. Sapphire 290X is $550, but 290 is all the way down to $410 after rebate.

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nick779

So you can get a powerhouse card for cheap, but you cant use it because of badly written drivers. Makes sense...

When AMD starts putting reliable hardware and drivers, they'll have my attention, but until then, im staying green.

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Sliceroo

Well, it's established fact.

NVIDIA cards are heat bricks.
AMD cards have no drivers.

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nick779

A 780ti's heat target is 82C with GPU boost, the 290x's is 93-94c.... how is Nvidia still the heat brick champ?

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The Mac

He obviously means historically.

and only the stock 290s have a 94c target, all the AIBS are around 75c

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Innomasta

Back in fermi days, maybe. Now your "established fact" is complete bullshit regarding Nvidia.

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elven1assasin

I Totally agree. I felt like as more AMD drivers came out, my stability and performance went down with my card. I had an XFX 7970. I would get horrible screen tearing and random weird rainbow effects. Thought my card was about to die. So I bought a Saphire 7950 and it did the same thing straight out of the box. So then I got curious and put older AMD drivers back on, and issues went away. I have since then went to a Asus Posidon 780 and i've had solid performance. Really makes me sad becuase I love AMD but I dont feel like i get the same performance.