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is a 22,200 graphics score in 3d mark firestrike with 290x CF normal? not overlcocked. thats what i got (not he overall firestrike just the graphics score)
    
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Yes it about 22k
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Right now I can get a stock cooler r9 290 for 200$ shipping included, should I just goforit ? biggrin.gif

then I might stuck a liquid cooler, depending how noisy the thing is during gaming, i don't really mind spending 100$ into a kraken g10, corsair h55 and probably a gelid VRM cooling kit, since at least the h55 can be reused, and the kraken probably easily sold when not needed again, right ? tongue.gif

Of course if the 970's were the same prices as the ones in the USA here I would go, but most of em are 400$ currently ..

What ya'll think ?

Well, I certainly think that's a good idea. I personally have h80's on my 290's. And the Gelid VRM coolers on the VRM's. I don't use the Kraken g10 at all and what I have works great. Temps are much lower than stock and well within safe ranges. Additional cost this way is about $50-60 more per card if you get the water coolers on sale like I did. I am really happy with this setup. I also have Nvidia, so I'm no fan-boy. I have GTX670's in SLI and the R9 290's in crossfire on another machine. I like both platforms and have no allegiance to either. I like what works. The 290's are beast cards to be sure and at $200.00 I don't see anything that could beat them. Not even at $300.00 in my mind.
     
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I'm kind of wanting to take advantage of the 290 sale for the MSI gaming right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127774&cm_re=r9_290-_-14-127-774-_-Product

Not sure how much of a pain it would be to crossfire it with my existing Tri-X though, obviously the same memory amount, and MSI still has hynix (right?). I'm getting conflicting reports about the MSI's board though, some are saying it's not the reference PCB, others are just saying custom components (obviously), so if I were to put both under water, more specifically the HG10 bracket, I still shouldn't have any issues right?

I have a feeling we're not going to be getting much as far as black Friday sales go as AMD said something about them expecting a lower sales despite the upcoming holiday season, so I'm not sure it's going to get much better than this.

Has anyone who has RMA'ed a MSI gaming and has taken off the stickers gotten it back with no problems? From what I heard over on the MSI forums you can take them off to watercool/change thermal past etc. and it's only there to tell them whether or not to inspect for user damage and doesn't effect the RMA outcome assuming it isn't damaged.

Back when I used to stalk R9 290 reviews for different manufacturers MSI was definitely the #2 choice (before the PCS+ Vapor X came out), and most if not all the advantages the Tri-X has over the MSI looks like they'll disappear when I watercool, and do a bios flash, has anyone had experience xfiring them together to confirm?
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I'm kind of wanting to take advantage of the 290 sale for the MSI gaming right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127774&cm_re=r9_290-_-14-127-774-_-Product

Not sure how much of a pain it would be to crossfire it with my existing Tri-X though, obviously the same memory amount, and MSI still has hynix (right?). I'm getting conflicting reports about the MSI's board though, some are saying it's not the reference PCB, others are just saying custom components (obviously), so if I were to put both under water, more specifically the HG10 bracket, I still shouldn't have any issues right?

I have a feeling we're not going to be getting much as far as black Friday sales go as AMD said something about them expecting a lower sales despite the upcoming holiday season, so I'm not sure it's going to get much better than this.

Has anyone who has RMA'ed a MSI gaming and has taken off the stickers gotten it back with no problems? From what I heard over on the MSI forums you can take them off to watercool/change thermal past etc. and it's only there to tell them whether or not to inspect for user damage and doesn't effect the RMA outcome assuming it isn't damaged.

Back when I used to stalk R9 290 reviews for different manufacturers MSI was definitely the #2 choice (before the PCS+ Vapor X came out), and most if not all the advantages the Tri-X has over the MSI looks like they'll disappear when I watercool, and do a bios flash, has anyone had experience xfiring them together to confirm?

The gaming does have Hynix RAM. I can't comment on whether it would have a problem xfiring with a Tri-X though. It shouldn't be an issue though. I have no idea on the block configs, someone else will have to help there. If it were me I'd just poney up the last $30.00 and get another Tri-X personally. Its not that much more.
     
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Well, I certainly think that's a good idea. I personally have h80's on my 290's. And the Gelid VRM coolers on the VRM's. I don't use the Kraken g10 at all and what I have works great. Temps are much lower than stock and well within safe ranges. Additional cost this way is about $50-60 more per card if you get the water coolers on sale like I did. I am really happy with this setup. I also have Nvidia, so I'm no fan-boy. I have GTX670's in SLI and the R9 290's in crossfire on another machine. I like both platforms and have no allegiance to either. I like what works. The 290's are beast cards to be sure and at $200.00 I don't see anything that could beat them. Not even at $300.00 in my mind.

Yea .. getting more and more tempted as time goes smile.gif, if I was in USA for these prices I would definately go for a 330$ or so 970 smile.gif altought, I heard about the coil whine problems.. and overclocking locked voltage or something, let's hope they patch that !

But here the cheapeast is like 400$ (for some odd reason, obviously, in USA like newegg is constantly out of stock apparently and prices haven't moved..here we have stock).
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Yea .. getting more and more tempted as time goes smile.gif, if I was in USA for these prices I would definately go for a 330$ or so 970 smile.gif altought, I heard about the coil whine problems.. and overclocking locked voltage or something, let's hope they patch that !

But here the cheapeast is like 400$ (for some odd reason, obviously, in USA like newegg is constantly out of stock apparently and prices haven't moved..here we have stock).

If it were me getting one now, this is what I would pull the trigger on. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202103
     
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The gaming does have Hynix RAM. I can't comment on whether it would have a problem xfiring with a Tri-X though. It shouldn't be an issue though. I have no idea on the block configs, someone else will have to help there. If it were me I'd just poney up the last $30.00 and get another Tri-X personally. Its not that much more.
It comes down to a 50$ different with the 5% plus a pretty decent headset. If it was just a 30$ difference I'd just get another tri-x for the simplicity.
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It comes down to a 50$ different with the 5% plus a pretty decent headset. If it was just a 30$ difference I'd just get another tri-x for the simplicity.

Or this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202103

Jeez... just posting that makes me want to buy another one.... I have a problem.
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Or this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202103

Jeez... just posting that makes me want to buy another one.... I have a problem.
Custome PCB :\. Still incredibly tempting. Me hunting for the lowest deal is also me trying to justify not selling my 290 and getting 2 970s, it'd be a more costly path, especially since at some point I'd want to water cool those for the heck of it. I guess if you think about it it's only a 150$ difference assuming you were going to water cool either the 290 or 970 and needed a PSU upgrade whereas with the 970 you wouldn't be upgrading a PSU (like myself). I'd definitely be making use of the game bundle though.... Grrr so hard to decide.
Edited by ArchieGriffs - 10/19/14 at 7:14pm
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