Originally Posted by mboner1
I was all set to pick up the 290x but i gotta say the results i have seen are a little underwhelming. Sure their have been a few that have done alright, but the average user on air (which i will be) is getting around the 72fps on average in valley. The gigabyte 780 is in stock and $10 cheaper than the 290x at the store around the corner from me. Does the 780 require a massive overclock to get up to stock titan level performance and achieve 80+ fps in valley or is that result pretty much a given with most 780's on air???
the 290x is fairing badly most due to that horrendous stock cooler on it, if you want to air cool it, either grab an aftermarket cooler, or wait for the custom cooler ones from companies such as HIS or ASUS.
the gigabyte windforce3 780 is a great card and an overclocking beast, the cooler on it is insane, i got to try a gigabyte 780 for a day, was definitely a fun ride.
780s do need a decent overclock to catch titans in valley, but 80+ fps is no sweat for a gigabyte 780. Put on skyn3t bios, and youre ready to go. if you want to push it even more, the afterburner voltage hack is here and ready to go, we have yet to see any reference cards die with volt hacks and custom bios, the only cards ive seen blow are the galaxy HOF 780s, and titans under LN2 with no vrm cooling.