Originally Posted by Krusher33
That just tells me "we don't know for sure but it LOOKS like it could fit".
I'm sorry, I'm just frustrated because I know it'll be many months before I could consider getting another one and by that time, all the companies will do what they had done in the past, change the way they had things and so everything we know now is outdated. Buy a card and a block won't fit because so-so changed where a cap or something was. I just wish they would consider keeping watercoolers in mind when they do make changes like that.
Or is that WHY? Maybe too many RMA's and they suspect the card went faulty because of a watercooler goofed and so they decide to change something to make it not able to take a block anymore?
This is how it's always been done dude. The roll out of reference cards are subsidized by AMD in a way and its done to ensure that you receive consistency. It also allows time for AIB partners to gear up their production of their own designs. There is not as much profit for AIBs to sell reference cards. The profit is in producing the whole card.
On the flip side there were so many posts complaining that there were no custom cards, and now that the ref card has reached EOL, ppl are disappointed that there will only be customs.
Make up your minds hehe.
Originally Posted by SgtMunky
So I should wait before buying a 290 now then? Either pick up one of the new releases, or grab a Tri-X if it is the last bit of stock at a new lower price?
When ref cards go, they are gone. If you want a "new" reference, it's best to get it while they are available. That said the Tri X isn't going anywhere unless Sapphire do a revision on it and re-produce it on that crap blue pcbs... I'm just remembering the 7970 days lol.