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R9-290x CF worth it?

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i currently have 2 sapphire radeon 7970's in cross fire from the benchmarks i have been looking at im on the fence about upgrading to the newest r9-290x. I t looks to be about a total of 20 fps better in CF than what i currently have setup... just wanted opinions on what u guys think if it worth the money for the upgrade or not?
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guru3d just popped a review... http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_r9_290x_crossfire_vs_sli_review_benchmarks.html

Although i'm taking the chance to say how I hate the way they copy and paste paragraph's throughout their reviews, you read the same crap 2 or 3 times throughout the review!
Edited by medseven - 10/26/13 at 1:51pm
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OP two R9 -290X cards in CF are throttling quite bad because of the heat/temps. wait for custom cooler cards like asus dcii top, sapphire toxic to be able to run two R9 290X cards at 1+ ghz clocks.
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post #4 of 9
2 reference 290x's will for sure run at 100 degrees or higher
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Checking is sig rig, I bet they would be watercool. I don't know much about them but keep in mind he could put them underwater (no more, or less heat issue)
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What res will you be playing games at?
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I wouldn't upgrade unless your current setup is not adequate or if you're going the watercooling route because the cards throttle really bad with the stock cooler. If you're not going to watercool then I would say it is not worth it and to wait until non reference cards/coolers pop up
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Originally Posted by Lee17 View Post

Checking is sig rig, I bet they would be watercool. I don't know much about them but keep in mind he could put them underwater (no more, or less heat issue)

if the OP is watercooling then its a definite yes. the R9 290X's implementation of CF is superior to the older HD 7970 cards. the new XDMA engine and CF implementation provides good CF performance with consistent frametimes.

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Rating-AMD-Radeon-R9-290X-CrossFire-and-4K-Preview-Testing/Battlefield-
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_r9_290x_crossfire_vs_sli_review_benchmarks,8.html

but if the the OP is at 1080p two R9 290X cards are overkill smile.gif two R9 290X cards are perfect for running triple 1080p monitor or single 4K monitor
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Quote:
Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

if the OP is watercooling then its a definite yes. the R9 290X's implementation of CF is superior to the older HD 7970 cards. the new XDMA engine and CF implementation provides good CF performance with consistent frametimes.

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Rating-AMD-Radeon-R9-290X-CrossFire-and-4K-Preview-Testing/Battlefield-
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_r9_290x_crossfire_vs_sli_review_benchmarks,8.html

but if the the OP is at 1080p two R9 290X cards are overkill smile.gif two R9 290X cards are perfect for running triple 1080p monitor or single 4K monitor

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