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Would it be foolish to get rid of my VisionTek R9 290 for a Sapphire Vapor X R9 290? I really have to finagle alot to get it stable at 1200/1550, without finagling its more comfortable at 1150/1400
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Would it be foolish to get rid of my VisionTek R9 290 for a Sapphire Vapor X R9 290? I really have to finagle alot to get it stable at 1200/1550, without finagling its more comfortable at 1150/1400

You won't see much of an increase at all. It's a massive waste of time and money.
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I have the opportunity in purchasing a Sapphire R9 290x model 21226-00-40g. Its a reference model and I do plan on putting a waterblock. Any OCN users out there that can chime in with their experience with this model 290x. Good, Bad, Decent, OC potential, Memory, STAY AWAY, etc...

I will be playing on a 1440p monitor. Currently have dual 7970. Just trying to justify if I should pull the trigger or not. Thanks.
 
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post #31074 of 43993
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You won't see much of an increase at all. It's a massive waste of time and money.

Kinda thought so, might wait to upgrade the GPU when the 3XX series comes out.
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VaporX cars are arguably the best cards you can get (design wise) however they are indeed non-reference. With that said EK now has a full cover block which looks sick.

As for the memory, Hynix is hands down better for overclocking. Elipda us fine, it will OC some but Hynix has been shown to do much better.
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Just wanted to pipe up to say after mucking about with my card for the past couple weeks, this 290X is great...was kind of on the fence about the switch to AMD, but have been getting back into gaming lately and pretty much all of my games hold 60 fps constant. Nice and smooth compared to the GTX 570 SLI setup I came from. Was unable to get it to work correctly with my one HDTV, but other than that, nice cool and quiet card. Way more quiet than I expected, that's for sure. Thought it would be a hair drier to be honest lol Haven't bothered benching yet, as I am in the midst of moving, but I'll get around to it. The temps I get at stock give me hope for good clocks though.
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Kinda thinking if those who are looking to upgrade a 290, either should look at a 290x or wait for the 3XX series to launch. thinking.gif So hard....really want to do a chipset and gpu upgrade this time!
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Hynix ? different revisions of Tri-X ? is there somthing I should not be buying for my Hawaii waterblock and Hynix bad ?
There's two different types of memory the 290 comes with (3 if you count the MSI lightning), hynix and elpida. Neither will affect what kind of waterblock you can put on them assuming they're both reference PCBs, hynix overclocks better which is why I'm concerned about it.
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There's two different types of memory the 290 comes with (3 if you count the MSI lightning), hynix and elpida. Neither will affect what kind of waterblock you can put on them assuming they're both reference PCBs, hynix overclocks better which is why I'm concerned about it.
Right thanks,I remember now reading about elpida having some issues,thanks for info
I will be buying a Tr-X either the 290x or standard 290 version,as they are the cheapest anyway and reference.
R9 290X Tri-X OC $ 633 , R9 290 Tri-X OC $ 519 NZD
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There's two different types of memory the 290 comes with (3 if you count the MSI lightning), hynix and elpida. Neither will affect what kind of waterblock you can put on them assuming they're both reference PCBs, hynix overclocks better which is why I'm concerned about it.

Hynix doesn't necessarily OC better but their RAM timings are better or faster for some reason... My Elpida RAM 290 overclocks much higher than my Hynix RAM 290. The Elpida will hit 1550mhz, but the Hynix only about 1350mhz. However, even at 1350mhz The card with Hynix beats the scores on my Elpida card at 1550mhz on 3dMark11 at the same core of 1150mhz... Easily.

So the issue is more of a RAM and latency timings issue than the speed of the RAM itself. That's why the Hynix are typically better regardless of how high they OC. And why lots of people want the Tri-X as its guaranteed Hynix. The MSI gaming is Hynix also. Can't believe the prices on these on the bay. Dang.

I am getting a new monitor and soon.
     
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