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Which brand R9 290 to get?

post #1 of 17
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Considering all the R9-290's are reference cards, would there be any reason to take 1 brand over another?

1. If they reference wouldn't they all perform the same?
2. Besides warranty is there anything else that separates a Sapphire / Gigabyte / MSI / PowerColor / XFX / Club 3D?

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
nothing separates all these cards except warranty term and quality of support . go for the vendor who you are confident with. thumb.gif
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post #3 of 17
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With regards to voltage locks from Vendors (Gigabyte in particular as they locked their R9-280X) , because these are reference cards their is no voltage locks or any modifications done to the cards?

What can vendors do to reference cards? Nothing besides branding and the packaging?
post #4 of 17
reference cards are all the same. they come with unlocked voltage but an upper limit (mostly 1.3v) which can only be changed with BIOS mod. on a stock cooler aim for 1100 - 1150 mhz with slight voltage tweaks. you might have to increase fan speed to 75% to avoid throttling.

ask in the R9 290 / R9 290X users thread about the max voltage on stock BIOS and what fan speed are users running on stock coolers
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post #5 of 17
I would wait card with aftermarket coolers and more OC room biggrin.gif
post #6 of 17
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I can't wait, sitting without a card atm. It's either CF R9-280X or a single R9-290.
post #7 of 17
Go with the Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 290. I've owned 3 Sapphire AMD cards and they have all been great. They overclock well, have great cooling (though this won't matter with the stock cooler), and Sapphire has great support.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sk1llS View Post

I can't wait, sitting without a card atm. It's either CF R9-280X or a single R9-290.

R9 280X cfx...
post #9 of 17
If you plan to watercool it in the future, iv'e heard great things from XFX being very lenient on their warranty even if there's a block on it.
post #10 of 17
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Unless they come out with AIO coolers for the GPU ala H100i, I doubt I would ever do water cooling, May try after market air coolers though.
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