Originally Posted by jojoenglish85
It runs hot for sure, the performance is there for sure...Have you heard of these cards in person? Im reserving judgement until i hear it with my own two ears or when custom coolers come out. Listening to something from youtube is not a correct way to measure sound. Reviewers are also bias in some form or fashion. I bet its loud but i don't think its sounds like a handheld DirtDevil either. My bet is that your fans in your case sound louder than the video card. By the time the 780Ti comes out so will the custom 290X's.
I will agree and say that i will not be buying a reference video card ever
Them ****s are loud to me hehehe!
Custom cards are at least a few months out, because AMD is dumb
and likes to gimp their own sales by releasing a card with inadequate cooling so that it can get a bad reputation from reviewers and consumers alike AND THEN
AMD is going to allow manufacturers loose with their own cooling designs. No thanks AMD, you've told me all I needed to hear. And no, I'm not a fanboy, I've owned cards from both companies over the past 14 years of PC gaming - this bashing is AMD's own doing.
I doubt the aftermarket coolers are going to bring temps down to a point where overclocking to any decent margin is even going to be possible on air - which is probably why AMD is making such a seemingly dumb move by preventing manufacturers from releasing their own cooler designs until a few months out - they know damn well that their cards are still going to get bashed my reviewers for high temps and little overclocking headroom.
And to your fans/noise comment about my PC - my GPU is louder than the rest of my system, noticeably. It's overvolted and runs a reference-style blower cooler from a GTX 680 on it. My fans hover around 72% to keep the GPU at 70C during gaming. I'm sure I could make it silent like the rest of my system though, if I pulled an AMD and lowered my fan speed to allow for quiet operation with unacceptable temps
The fan on the 290x runs balls-out while gaming, well above the RPM my GPU runs at while gaming. I don't need YouTube videos to tell me that an extra 1000 RPM makes an extra "WHOOSH" sound over my current sound levels