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So fellers... thinking about jumping to the red team and grabbing a 290 instead of a 780, pricing is outrages on Nvidia the last couple of series and I'm fed up lol

Couple of questions tho, hows the drivers, I know AMD havent always had the greatest most stable drivers, are they still that way or have they been tamed?

How does a 290 go underwater? does it keep temps in check or is it still hard to keep them cool?

Thanks wheee.gif
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Originally Posted by Aussiejuggalo View Post

So fellers... thinking about jumping to the red team and grabbing a 290 instead of a 780, pricing is outrages on Nvidia the last couple of series and I'm fed up lol

Couple of questions tho, hows the drivers, I know AMD havent always had the greatest most stable drivers, are they still that way or have they been tamed?

How does a 290 go underwater? does it keep temps in check or is it still hard to keep them cool?

Thanks wheee.gif

Under water temps are fine. My 290X hits 43C in BF4.
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So fellers... thinking about jumping to the red team and grabbing a 290 instead of a 780, pricing is outrages on Nvidia the last couple of series and I'm fed up lol

Couple of questions tho, hows the drivers, I know AMD havent always had the greatest most stable drivers, are they still that way or have they been tamed?

How does a 290 go underwater? does it keep temps in check or is it still hard to keep them cool?

Thanks wheee.gif

i could only comment on drivers. its way better now that before. with the new xdma engine on 290/x's, and bridgeless crossfire, crossfire scaling is better now and microstutter is reduce significantly. almost none. although, dont expect too much on new games. amd still slow in updating drivers for new games. especially the nvdia optimized game. although its faster now than before.
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So fellers... thinking about jumping to the red team and grabbing a 290 instead of a 780, pricing is outrages on Nvidia the last couple of series and I'm fed up lol

Couple of questions tho, hows the drivers, I know AMD havent always had the greatest most stable drivers, are they still that way or have they been tamed?

How does a 290 go underwater? does it keep temps in check or is it still hard to keep them cool?

Thanks wheee.gif

The drivers are fine if you use one of the "good ones."

Under water a 290X is like any other card- low ambient and load temperatures, but of course the heat output is still high. Unfortunately a good 290X can only do about 1200-1250MHz core 24/7.
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Got a return extension on my MSI GAMING 290X from Amazon since they're out of stock for a while. They will be replacing my card due to the cooling issue. But now I don't have to send it back 'till the new ones come back into stock! thumb.gif
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Under water temps are fine. My 290X hits 43C in BF4.

Well thats a hell of a lot better then the 90 with the stock cooler biggrin.gif
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i could only comment on drivers. its way better now that before. with the new xdma engine on 290/x's, and bridgeless crossfire, crossfire scaling is better now and microstutter is reduce significantly. almost none. although, dont expect too much on new games. amd still slow in updating drivers for new games. especially the nvdia optimized game. although its faster now than before.

I was actually wondering how that bridgeless crossfire would go, seemed like a big risk if it didnt work. Nvidia are kinda useless for new game drivers to, still waiting on Thief ones... probably will end up being another month or so
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The drivers are fine if you use one of the "good ones."

Under water a 290X is like any other card- low ambient and load temperatures, but of course the heat output is still high. Unfortunately a good 290X can only do about 1200-1250MHz core 24/7.

Cool, well I have got around 600mm of rad with maybe soon to be 10 AP-15s so I should be good on keeping it cool... I hope eek.gif. I dont normally overclock my graphic cards so thats not really a problem for me

Another driver related question, I remember back in the days of old they use to crash, freeze and even sometimes BSOD... do they still do that?
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So fellers... thinking about jumping to the red team and grabbing a 290 instead of a 780

How does a 290 go underwater? does it keep temps in check or is it still hard to keep them cool?

Don't have to go underwater, the better coolers do just fine on air. Ambient ~25



Powercolor PCS+ and Sapphire Tri-X are the two best 290 coolers imho.
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Don't have to go underwater, the better coolers do just fine on air. Ambient ~25
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Powercolor PCS+ and Sapphire Tri-X are the two best 290 coolers imho.

Ah ok, well I already have watercooling setup, would just need a block but good to know I dont need to do water straight away
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So fellers... thinking about jumping to the red team and grabbing a 290 instead of a 780, pricing is outrages on Nvidia the last couple of series and I'm fed up lol

Couple of questions tho, hows the drivers, I know AMD havent always had the greatest most stable drivers, are they still that way or have they been tamed?

How does a 290 go underwater? does it keep temps in check or is it still hard to keep them cool?

Thanks wheee.gif
The latest WHQL (13.12) & latest beta driver (14.2) works well for me. No BSOD or crash so far. I'm playing BF4 using Mantle with 14.2 beta driver. Running card at 1000/1300 at stock voltage using 290 Tri-X BIOS. Can't say whether it's better than Nvidia because I only have AMD cards.

Mine on the core can go up to 60 - 61C underwater but this is because I'm playing in 32C ambient (indoor). I have 360 + 240mm radiators for cooling CPU & two 290's. Delta temp is 11C when playing BF4. All water blocks works well in cooling these cards with only a couple of degrees between them. The best block would be Aquacomputer Kryographics water block with backplate because it cooling the VRM1 better than the other blocks. VRM1 temp with other blocks tend to run a little bit higher but I'm obligated to add that even though VRM1 running at high temp, they're within safe operating temperature.

I have EK blocks. I already have Fujipoly Extreme thermal pad for VRM1 but didn't apply it yet. I'm waiting thermal paste & SR-1 120 radiator before I can apply them.
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@aussie,

my trifire 290's doesnt go above 85C. although noise fan is irritating. lol

I have same dilemna about the bridgeless crossfire not working. But it works. AMD card has less requirements for PCI lane. unlike NVIDIA. Nvidia cards require atleast PCIE2 x 16? or PCIE3 x 8 to enable SLI. am I correct? AMD cards requires less. Or they dont require at all.
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