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Reviews are what was expected.
As there been any word of aftermarket coolers?
    
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Any idea on when non-reference cards will be out? More specifically the Asus Direct c u cooling?

This, please. Backplate and beastly cooler for only a little bit more money than reference? Do want. Still looking into buying a gfx card for my sig rig (well, I will as soon as I get the winnings for the contest) and it looks like this is it biggrin.gif
 
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This, please. Backplate and beastly cooler for only a little bit more money than reference? Do want. Still looking into buying a gfx card for my sig rig (well, I will as soon as I get the winnings for the contest) and it looks like this is it biggrin.gif

Probaly when 780 Ti launches, late November.
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The card is pre-overclocked. People try to overclock them and they get worse performance because the stock temps are already at the throttling limit.

Let's see who has the goggles.

So your complaining cos it's too well optimized? Or are you complaining because it's so much cheaper than a titan which it beats clock for clock?

But seriously people will find a way to overclock it properly. Was the titan bios overclock method available pre launch? please do answer.
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Actually, besides the cooler there is another thing that really bugs me about the Hawaii. If I loathe GPU Boost 2.0 then how could I not loathe this new Powertune? Seriously, it's even more smoke and mirrors than GPU Boost 2.0! At least Nvidia didn't sell the Titan as a "(up to) 1GHz" GPU, but as a 876+MHz GPU. In effect, both of these are throttling mechanisms that are designed to make the cards look good for benchmarking and leave the actual gaming performance veiled. Seriously, that's two things that I've always loved about ATI/AMD: them supporting open standards and their clear-cut overclocking. And what are the main points for this R9 series launch? TrueAudio, Mantle and this new Powertune! mad.gif

I give Hawaii one more chance and that is the 290 vanilla. If those disabled shaders are enough to keep it more balanced for OC/OV/temps/noise, then that thing I could take for a spin (at least if it's $449 or less).
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The card is pre-overclocked. People try to overclock them and they get worse performance because the stock temps are already at the throttling limit.

Let's see who has the goggles.

How do you reckon the 290X would do if it's cooler was on-par with GK110?
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Job extremely well done to AMD! Awesome performance at an even more awesome price! It's definitely a great performing card, because obviously all that complain, only do due to the heat and noise, which aren't really that big problems to me. rolleyes.gif A well ventilated case + an air conditioner in my room equals heat = problem solved. When I game I game with headphones so noise isn't a problem, either. And in the rest of the time leave the card in "Quiet" mode equals noise = problem solved. Who doesn't like the heat and noise should go and buy a $999 Titan, others like me would me plenty happy with a $549 R9 290X. wink.gif And I wouldn't judge just yet, wait for non reference cards to show up like Matrix Platinums, SuperOverclocks, Vapor-Xs, TOXICs, PCSs+, Double Dissipations, etc. and then judge it's overclocked and thermal performance. wink.gif Once again great job to AMD, I hope they finally gouge Nvidia's prices, because obviously their cards are so overpriced, especially in the high end class, that it's not even amusing... Well now, AMD, my wallet is ready! biggrin.gif
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Nvidia should just release the 2880-core part and price it at $600 and drop the price of the Ti 780 and stock 780.
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post #579 of 2610
Sweet baby jesus dat noize. And temps. It's a good thing I'm way too much of a cheap-ass to ever buy flagships or I'd have quite the decision ahead of me. Deal with the noise, which I hate, and get a cheaper card but lose that profit on my electricity bill, or get a cooler and quieter but overpriced card I'll eventually win back in electricity bills.

Now, I'm assuming electricity bills don't matter to OCNers, so let's bring on the water and non-ref coolers already! If Asus or someone can get those temps and noise levels down and it turns out it's a beast under water, then nVidia's going to have to come off its high horse and lower some prices pronto.
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What I find interesting is that 290X average clock rate is 850mhz while gaming. What if the average clock rate is at 1000mhz? Must be a beast.

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