Originally Posted by azanimefan
i agree... but i think what most people are looking at is the stock r9-290x comes in $100 less then a 780, i can get a top end water block for $100, apparently the artic 7970 coolers might actually work with this monster too, so i could always get an artic accelero xtreme when they come out for $80 and have a card both cooler and quieter then any 780 on the market.
the thing is you already have to overclock a 780 pretty solidly just to match a titan. We're talking about a card at STOCK which matches a titan in 1080p and beats it by something like 15%-25% at 4k. this is a monsterous gpu at a very low price. a price low enough i think pretty much everyone is willing to overlook the noising crappy stock heatsink. I mean the noisy, crappy stock heatsink has been an AMD/ATI fixture for a long time now. people just expect it. So people will buy this monster, put on a custom cooling solution and call it a day. or they'll wait a week for the factory redesigned cooling solutions to come out. either way this is a winner even with the hairdryer attached.
the problem with the titan and 780 in high resolutions is the memory bus size. Nvidia has had issues with this for a long long time. The reason the r9-290x kills the titan at higher resolutions is the massive size (512bit) of it's memory bus. Until nvidia figures this out we won't see any new card from nvidia challanging the r9-290x at those resolutions. As it stands the larger the resolutions get the more the r9-290x leads over the titan and 780... at 1080p they're basically identical, by the time you get to 4k the difference is almost 25%
Agreed, powerful, faster than 780 @ stock for stock, and supposedly also faster clock for clock, terrible cooler, runs hot as hell. When the fermi die was pushing 94F people literally screamed fire. Yes you can get a custom waterblock for ~120$... Most of these people would also need to sink another 300-400$ in the rest of the loop. Power bills are pretty heafty for those of us who actually pay them.(not saying you don't, guaranteed some here don't) We run ~10-15$ a day down here, & that's less than the old house with dual-AC. 5,000$ a year on power is no fun. These cost more to run than titans, they better be faster.