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post #271 of 795
So now I'm a little upset I just bought the 290X.
post #272 of 795
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The review focuses on stock cards. In their opinion the card being twice as loud as a 780 at stock is almost a dealbreaker for a gamer who is looking to buy it for 24/7 use. I would not disagree. There are also no non ref cards available at the moment and 95% of people buying this are not going to change the cooler.

If you want them to start adjusting sliders then why not make the GK110 cards draw a bit more power, make them as loud and as hot as the Hawaii cards etc. for a "fair" comparison? Because that wouldn't be stock anymore.

CPU reviews use aftermarket coolers. Even Anandtech is using one on the i7-4960X they have running at 4.2 Ghz on the test system. Why don't they buy the stock air cooler Intel sells for these ? I'd like a review of the overclocking headroom and temperatures and noise for that.

This is a generational transistion. Ten years ago people also expected CPUs to run with the stock cooler, now they don't. Tom's Hardware slapped an Arctic Cooling cooler on the 290 and solved the problem, still cheaper than a GTX 780.

The thing with the review here is that the reviewer is basically recommending against this card because of the default fan profile when the user can adjust it to match exactly what he said. Come on, are you going to tell me that people who read Anandtech are not tech savvy enough to adjust a slider in the driver control panel ? Yes, the card will be slower, but it's also $ 100 cheaper, and acoustically reasonable, exactly what the reviewer is saying. I actually don't believe he re-read what he wrote, as it just makes him look biased. It's the overtly negative tone of the conclusion I'm against.
Edited by tpi2007 - 11/5/13 at 5:00am
 
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I checked noise recordings in toms review and both cards in "non throttling mode" sound pretty much the same. Wondering why stocks 780s werent considered LOUD and UNACCEPTABLE in reviews when it came out. lachen.gif

Powerful card for reasonable price, gj amd.
post #274 of 795
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Interesting...

I want a 290 more and more with each passing day. Come on $399 price tag. biggrin.gif


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Good job AMD. Amazing value. Now, how do I sneak one past the wife... tongue.gif
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Did any site made clock for clock 290 vs 290X (uber mode) and beta 8 drivers?
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This is getting ridiculous, Anandtech has the most biased conclusion I've read in a while:
People who read Anandtech are usually tech savvy enough to know that a blower type cooler on an enthusiast system is almost always a bad solution. Even the Titan's cooler lets the card go all the way to 80º. It's just a placeholder for a better dual or triple slot air cooler in the case of a single card configuration or for watercooling in case of multi-GPU configs, I thought that had been the case for a while now. The Titan cooler doesn't really change that at all, it will still be noisy when overclocking, so for most people the blower type cooler performs the same task the stock cooler does on CPUs. For that reason the 2011 socket CPUs don't even come with one.

In any case, that paragraph above borders on ridiculous. He's saying that the card, that can actually be configured by just adjusting a slider to work at 40% fan speed, would actually be a good proposition at that performance level, acoustic level and price.

So... adjust the slider! You will have a card that is $100 cheaper than a GTX 780 while also performing slower, a good proposition, like the reviewer says.

You are clueless if you think the Hawaii reference cooler is in the same category as the Titan cooler.

The Titan cooler is damn near silent at stock settings and still allows a ton of overclocking without ever getting to the level of the uber mode 290X or the plain stock 290. Those two coolers are so far apart that it's not even a competition. IMO, the Titan cooler is the second best blower cooler of all times (HIS' IceQ models have the best) whereas Hawaii has one of the worst and shares the top place for most misplaced cooler of all times with the 480.
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post #277 of 795
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k5_f_gsxJw
mister linus overclocker :DDD
post #278 of 795
It's exactly as I predicted, the R9 290 performs nearly the same as the 290X (could even do better depending on the test) because it maintains higher clock speeds. For $399 it's a slam dunk. Custom cooled versions can't come fast enough.
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post #279 of 795
Very impressive, AMD. Non reference 290's seem to be the best price to performance when it is available.
Now, Nvidia: How are YOU going to respond? thinking.gif
    
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post #280 of 795
I still can't believe that people are still reading Anand's review. They're so dang biased since their review with 290X and now with 290.
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