Originally Posted by CCast88
I wonder why Tom Logan didn't post a review on OC3D youtube
I don't really care to hear his thoughts on the 290 after the abomination that was his 290X review. I mean, I agree with the negatives he has against the card but the overall slant of the review was just completely biased and really a hit piece to be honest.
I think my record for being fair to both sides speaks for itself and I can honestly say that the 290X is a super powerful card at a great price point that is near enough to the 780/Titan's performance to be considered a "win" for AMD. Is it actually as fast or faster than Titan? No, I don't believe it is but for the price it is a far more appealing card unless you need 6GB of VRAM or a cheap Quadro card. All is not roses and fairy dust for AMD though guys as the reference cooler is an absolute joke and claiming that 95C is a "normal" operating temp for a GPU is simply asinine. There are also concerns about the actual performance you get with your shiny new 290/290X considering the massive delta between the performances of a properly cooled card and one that has been running for a while. To my mind these cards are simply built for water cooling and a good set of blocks will alleviate almost all of the negatives of the R9 cards. If you want to run on the stock cooler I personally would make a beeline straight for the $579 GTX 780 Classy. I know, I know, AMD will have non-reference R9's out at some point and then we can discuss those cards as well but as of right now, on air, the 780 Classy is my current suggestion. As for water, I don't see how you can really beat a 290X other than with a water cooled Titan which is ridiculously expensive or with the upcoming 780Ti, which is ridiculously expensive. If I was in the market for dual, water cooled flagship GPU's right now and I didn't have my Titans, I would go for two Asus 290X's (for voltage control) with EK blocks and enjoy the performance....