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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

680 GTX sli is as good as stock R9 280X but OCed R9 290X are a bit better

Hahahaha i am sure you mean 680 sli is better than 290x, and 290x crossfire is better.
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post #12 of 16
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Hahahaha i am sure you mean 680 sli is better than 290x, and 290x crossfire is better.
I mean oced 280 cfx,sorry
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post #13 of 16
Like someone else has mentioned, wait for non reference r290x. Reference blower style coolers are generally better for dual card setups, but it seems the reference cooler on the 290x is terrible. Depending on where your computer is and your ability to deal with noise, going from 680SLI to CF290x will improve performance by a pretty big margin, however it would also be much much hotter and much much louder. Hotter as in it will be at 90-95c at most times with a fan that sounds like a jet engine.

These chips run hot it seems so non reference 3-fan custom coolers will end up heating your entire case if you put two of those together. I guess it depends on how much you can tolerate noise and heat. If your computer is in another room, and you don't mind spending money, go for it! If your case is next to you and you don't wear headphones then wait to see how non reference performs and or wait for the 780Ti.
post #14 of 16
I actually just purchased 2 XFX Radeon R9 290X's on Thursday, unfortunately UPS came a little too early on Friday and I missed the delivery. Anyway, I will be upgrading from GTX 680's in SLi so I will post results ASAP. I also play at 1080P on a Asus 24" 144Hz. Is it necessary? Not at all, but those who can, do.
post #15 of 16
OP for R9 290X CF you should wait for custom cooler designs like asus dcii top, sapphire toxic, msi lightning which can cool effectively because on stock cooler the heat / temps will throttle these cards and even running at constant 1 Ghz might be difficult. the fans will have to run most probably at 75% and they will be too loud.
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Man call me old fashioned, but alot of people seem to be so spoiled and so easy to forget... not 10 or so years ago we needed 92mm vantec tornados on our heatsinks to keep cpu's cool, anyone who was clockin back then will never forget the kinda noise output they were capable of!.. This new 290x reminds me of the old hey days of overclocking, when things were hot.. loud.. and on the edge.. but you were rewarded for it...To the origional question.. yeah man.. if you have the money to drop on a 290x crossfire setup.. do it.. the benchmarks we are seeing are pure hw porn at the moment... what do you really have to lose? price wise it's cheaper than anything in nvidia's camp.. and if someone wants to talk about power useage and the like.. hey.. if the guy has money to drop on a dual 290x setup.. im sure the least of his worries are on a capable psu, and the 300 extra per year it might cost to run this setup.
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