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?