XFX is Busy Building a Super Cool and Quiet Radeon R9 290X Graphics Card

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vrmlbasic

AMD kept saying that GPU compute was the "future tech" on which they were pinning their hopes. I guess they made a wise choice as these litecoiners have money to burn and they turn their noses up at Nvidia tech.

...though as a gamer that does pain me as I'd like to get to the latest gen from 68xx tech and I'd like to do that without having to go to the tech world's "gang green".

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brannank

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/ASUS-Radeon-R9-290X-DirectCU-II-Graphics-Card-Review

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kixofmyg0t

Very nice. I knew that a properly cooled 290X could at least match the GTX 780Ti in some games and beat it in others.

One thing most don't know about yet is the power consumption of these aftermarket cards. They won't believe it but the non reference 290X still uses less power than a Titan while being faster most of the time than a 780Ti.

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Ghost XFX

Saw pictures of the XFX 290's.....that's bonafide Pr0n. Can't wait to see the benchmarks.

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kixofmyg0t

I guess people don't remember when the 7970 launched. It was the same story, hot and loud reference design. Once the custom cards dropped everything changed.

Give it 3 months and everyone will forget about the Hawaii reference cards and their problems. Personally, the 290/290X aren't even on my radar yet until then.

EDIT*** Well well well it looks like reviews for Sapphires Tri-X 290 are popping up. Even the 290 is faster than the GTX 780 Lighting and is within spitting distance of the 780Ti. That should place the custom cooled 290X well above overclocked 780Ti's.

Here's the link http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-r9-290-tri-x-oc-review-1600p-ultra-hd-4k/

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Ghost XFX

They should come up with something for these miners, that won't take perfectly good GPUs out of gamers hands. This is freaking madness.

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Carlidan

Wasn't the r290 suppose to around 400 dollars because I just checked on Newegg, now it's hovering around 500 dollars. I thought it was suppose to be cheaper than than the 780 not more expensive. I seen prices cheaper than the r290 vs 780 counterparts.

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kixofmyg0t

Litecoin miners. Demand for everything above a 7870XT is through the roof.

Go look up used 7950's on ebay.

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Carlidan

But the price of the r290 doesn't give the edge against 780 anymore since both hoover around the same price. I know it isn't AMD fault for the price hike but gamers will see no more advantages AMD did have. :(

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kixofmyg0t

You mean reference 290's? I can agree with that. But aftermarket 290's are faster than not only the regular 780 but the 780 Lighting and is stepping on the heels of the 780Ti all while using less power. Aftermarket 290X's at least match the 780Ti but are usually faster in most games.

I can't wait to see the 290X Lighting. That thing is gonna be a beast!

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Carlidan

I was hoping to get the 290 below 450 dollars including taxes. I think that isn't possible since the price hikes. It'll be lucky if I could get it 550 plus. :( Freaking miners.

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The Mac

stuck a Gelid icy2 on my refrence pro....way better than stock.

at 1100 core, 80c core and 90c vrm1

there is a HUGE amount of OC headroom...

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The Mac

The gigabyte windforce just went live on the egg: $579 for the pro.

damn litecoin miners keeping the prices up.

I just sold my 7970 dual-x on ebay for $410.

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Carlidan

I'll wait for msi, asus or xfx. The others not too sure about since I haven't used them before.

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The Mac

290/290x Announcements already floating around for

Sapphire Tri-X
Asus DirectCU II
HIS IcyQ X2
Gigabyte Windforce