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    r9 290x

    I've brought the msi r9 290x for £388.28, but was wonder do I now cancel and buy a 780 for about £400?... Less heat and noise (one bedroom flat) and free games.
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    Re: r9 290x

    Actual heat into bedroom is not much different (check power consumption). But sure, if you want to pay more for a slower card then go for it.

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    Re: r9 290x

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Actual heat into bedroom is not much different (check power consumption). But sure, if you want to pay more for a slower card then go for it.
    This.

    People seem to be getting very confused about the R290X GPU temp and actually heat output from the card.
    Any GTX780 HSF will be a much more efficient "room heater" than a stock R290X. GPU running temp and actual heat output are two barely related sets of numbers.

    The R290X looks to me to be setup to run as fast as possible upto 94c. The more you cool it the faster it should run (to a point) but it will always try to run 94c. So if your in the North Pole or in the Sahara desert the card will always be try to run as fast as possible up to 94c.

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    Re: r9 290x

    OK so R9 290x is still the better buy, even with the new price drop on the 780.

    Do you think aftermarket cooler will do a good enough job to warrant changing? (going on past coolers)

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    Re: r9 290x

    Quote Originally Posted by mrcyco View Post
    OK so R9 290x is still the better buy, even with the new price drop on the 780.

    Do you think aftermarket cooler will do a good enough job to warrant changing? (going on past coolers)
    The R9 290 is being released on Thursday. Non-reference models should be available for the R9 290X around early December AFAIK.


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    Re: r9 280x

    What about universal water cooler or water blocks?.

    Also is spend another £60ish on a aftermarket cooler better than picking up a card with a custom made caller say the Palit Super jetstream for £400.

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    Re: r9 280x

    Quote Originally Posted by mrcyco View Post
    What about universal water cooler or water blocks?.

    Also is spend another £60ish on a aftermarket cooler better than picking up a card with a custom made caller say the Palit Super jetstream for £400.
    Or you could wait until early December as both the R9 290 and GTX780TI will be released,together with custom cooled R9 290 and 290X cards. Tarinder(Hexus reviewer) said AIB cards will be shipping late November. There is still room for prices to go down.

    TBH,your R9 290X card is relatively cheap for one,and it is a good performing card. If you eventually plonk an aftermarket cooler onto it,its will probably increase performance above what you see in reviews. Remember,if the R9 290X is hitting Geforce Titan level performance,when not boosting highly in all games,then think what happens with a better cooler.
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    Re: r9 280x

    Plus drivers will only get better and we haven't seen what mantle is capable of yet. Your right, just a bit of buyer dissonance. Always been a laptop books, first time build... Just so many options

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    Re: r9 280x

    To be fair, anything you get in that general area will be pretty impressive performance wise. Yes it might trade off here and there depending which game you're playing but not a lot of difference. If you can cancel it and wait, then I'd do so, if only to see what the aftermarket cooled R9s do. but if you need something now, I don't think theres a lot to be gained.

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    Re: r9 290x

    Quote Originally Posted by mrcyco View Post
    OK so R9 290x is still the better buy, even with the new price drop on the 780.

    Do you think aftermarket cooler will do a good enough job to warrant changing? (going on past coolers)

    A water cooled R290X could be monstrously quick when overclocked. It makes perfect sense to water cool the R290X as you really could unleash a lot of extra performance.

    I have a Swiftech MCW82 and a box of assorted heatsinks waiting.

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    Re: r9 280x

    Quote Originally Posted by herulach View Post
    If you can cancel it and wait, then I'd do so, if only to see what the aftermarket cooled R9s do. but if you need something now, I don't think theres a lot to be gained.
    Agreed. The custom cooled/OC'd 290Xs should be something quite sweet.

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    Re: r9 290x

    Quote Originally Posted by mrcyco View Post
    I've brought the msi r9 290x for £388.28, but was wonder do I now cancel and buy a 780 for about £400?... Less heat and noise (one bedroom flat) and free games.
    Where did you buy the 290x for £388.28 from?

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    Re: r9 290x

    Dabs. Was 419 and then 30 voucher :-)

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    Re: r9 290x

    Someone at OCUK forum got a 290 instead of a 290X and he's been posting some benchmarks. He ordered the card from France apparently.

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    Re: r9 290x

    I wouldn't be buying the 290x with a stock blower cooler.

    The card will overclock itself until it reaches 95 degrees. Better cooler=lower temperatures at same clock level=high overclocking

    The 780 is still an awesome card, and if you want the features that NVIDIA have such as shadowplay etc then that's going to be your best option - no doubt about it.

    At the end of the day, if AMD say it'll run at 95 degrees - why do people worry? It's older gen cards you should worry about. If the chip and card can handle it, why would you underclock it? If it really bothers you that much, set the power target to what you want.

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    Re: r9 290x

    Quote Originally Posted by MrRockliffe View Post
    I wouldn't be buying the 290x with a stock blower cooler.

    The card will overclock itself until it reaches 95 degrees. Better cooler=lower temperatures at same clock level=high overclocking

    The 780 is still an awesome card, and if you want the features that NVIDIA have such as shadowplay etc then that's going to be your best option - no doubt about it.

    At the end of the day, if AMD say it'll run at 95 degrees - why do people worry? It's older gen cards you should worry about. If the chip and card can handle it, why would you underclock it? If it really bothers you that much, set the power target to what you want.
    I'm not sure that's 100% true, the chip will have some limits to clock regardless of how good the cooling is. Chips simply don't scale in speed like that.

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