Originally Posted by Alatar
Titan OC being 5-10% faster than the 290X OC means that when the 290 has been OC'd you'll see Titan OC around 14-19% faster than 290 OC...
This is 780 non ref. cooling reviews all over again. People actually thought ACX/windforce/jetstream 780 > Titan even once OC'd. Reality couldn't be further away from the truth. And lets forget NV cards for a while. Do you actually think that the 290 is really as fast as a 290X? Really? Surely you can't think that's true.
Obviously this is good if it drops prices across the board because the masses who don't understand boost functions will see the reviews. But we're on OCN, lets not actually prove that even after 2 years OCN still doesn't understand what boost features on GPUs do.
You're talking about on-air overclocks on a $1000 graphics card
... Oh dear.
Slap a water block on a 290X, and I can guarantee the 290X will outperform the Titan at just a little over half the price. The R9 290 w/ waterblock will probably overclock even further, and since the price is $399 at launch, you add a good waterblock on for $100 (or less) and you're looking at a card that will probably match an overclocked Titan at half the price!
No matter how you swing it, the R9 290 group of cards will probably end up as the performance champs once they have some good cooling on them. It's just icing on the cake that they cost less too.
This is OCN, and people here buy things for outright performance regardless of cost. I totally understand that. I just think it's a little ironic that you're defending the Titan and soon to be 780 Ti when the truth is than a 290X on water will probably beat both of them, stock and overclocked. Edited by Mad Pistol - 11/4/13 at 10:28pm