Powercolor Introduces Passively Cooled R9 270 Graphics Card with Nary a Peep

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AFDozerman

How does crossfire work with the lower R9 series? A trio or even four of these would make a great replacement for the noisy 290x.

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vrmlbasic

Even with the cryptocurrency guys jacking up the price, 4 of these are still pricier than a single R9 290. I realize that price isn't the hypothetical goal but I was stunned by the "cost of silence" lol.

I wonder how close to 290 performance this would offer as it has both less RAM and lower bandwidth than does the 290.

I've gotten so used to the older AMD cards that can only do 2 card crossfire that I had forgotten that the newer "midrange" cards can do 4.

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kixofmyg0t

Or you could just buy a quiet aftermarket 290x. Sapphire Tri-X 290 and 290X are the best so far.

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AFDozerman

I'm really just speculating. I have an MSI Twin Frozr 290x and love the thing. I really should have phrased the question "could you get 290x-like performance from four silent, passively cooled cards?"

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gregkolodny

By the lower R9 series, I will have to assume you mean the 270, 270x, and 280. They work like most other Radeon cards that can xfire: they need a bridge. The 270 and 270x only do it 2 @ a time, whilst the 280x can do it 4 @ a time.

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AFDozerman

Thanks.