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post #31 of 795
Remains to be seen how they will compare under water. I saw a review somewhere that compared a 290 and 290X at 100% fan on each, and the difference was <10%, but I can't remember what review it was.
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Thanks guys! I will be doing that! biggrin.gif

It can be tough to refuse delivery if the package doesn't require a signature, so watch out for that. One thing I've done in the past is request that UPS hold the package, and then go to the pickup place and refuse in person.
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I just bought two R9 290x's that should be arriving Wed from Newegg. (non-xfire)

 

 

But, I'm glad AMD hit it out of the park @ $399 for the 290.

My criteria isn't price/performance anymore..  but this 290 is an absolute bargain.  BF4 system builders are going to go mad with this.

 

 

 

 

(+ Mantle...    :bruce:  )

post #34 of 795
Great performance at 2k and 4k, plus 4gb of ram and 512 bus, makes the upcoming 780ti 3gb 384 bus looks pretty bad ( which to me was poor before the 290). more so if its around $700 but who knows, nvidia might lower it a bit.

Well done AMD, lets get back to around $500 offering something decent
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Um...is Toms benching a retail 290x saying that it is not the same card as the one they were given to bench??
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And to think, this time last year, the GTX 680 was $450ish... That makes the R9 290 look like the performance deal of the century!!!

Hats off to AMD on this one. Yet another extremely pleasant surprise. thumb.gif
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$400? Nvidia is in trouble.

Also, apparently there weren't any new drivers with the 290? Just a change in fan profile?

I think the 290 is an awesome card for the price. That fan noise just makes me cringe, though. Man. AMD could have made both the 290 and 290X so much better and without the noise complaints. I have to wonder WTH they were thinking by throwing that 27 cent plastic cooler on there.....

But, the 290 is priced right. Awesome performance for the 400$ price, but man oh man. This card needs aftermarket designs post haste. I just can't get over how AMD could have made both of these 10 out of 10 score GPUs but they will get alot of justified complaints about the noise. I know some people don't care about that, but some do - myself being one that has gotten used to the utter quietness of OC 780 cards. Oh well. I'm so torn on these cards. Love the performance and price. Everything else...eh....
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post #38 of 795
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To anyone regretting their 290X (or any other GPU for that matter) purchase, don't.

The only reason this thing is looking so good in stock benches is because it's the only card in the list that's running at its max speeds.



That's what it would have looked like if it ran the sort of profiles the 290X does. The new config is ~14% faster on average according to anand.

It's a good way to make benches look really nice but the truth of the matter is that you're getting a part with 10% less shaders than the 290X which will translate roughly to 10% less performance (at the same clock) due to Hawaii definitely not being ROP or bandwidth limited at all.
.... Isn't that what the benches show? 10% slower for $400?
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Amazing just amazing now i want to sell my 7970 .... 

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Those who bought 290x shouldn't be disappointed. You guys got BF4 and you have the top tier card.

I'm REALLY impressed with AMD this round. I know they were late, but they knocked it out of the park.
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