Originally Posted by Tippy
You realize all 3 of those things are completely and utterly related to the cooler right? AMD's reference cooler is godawful, this is what happens when a 3rd party cooler was installed on the R9-290:
All we know so far is that AMD invested in a terrible cooler and nVidia spent extra on a very good cooler.
In the interest of fact:
The Artic Accelero Xtreme III costs on average, $74.99.
So, to actually get the best performance out of your R9-290:
With Tax: ~$514.17
Without Tax: $474.98
EVGA ACX (comparable cooler) GTX 780:
With Tax: $542.48
Without Tax: $499.99
With Tax: $28.31
Without Tax: $25.01
PNY also has a GTX 780 @ $469.99 at SuperBiz, although that does end 11/11/2013.
So, in the end, you are pretty much paying the exact same price for each card. At that point, its a pick your own poison, or pick the card that runs the games that you like playing the best. Each have their strong point, and each have their weak points.
However, the ACX provides, in general, a bit better value as you don't have to spend the time to install the aftermarket cooler on it, which mind you, not many people do. But I digress.
We can take a look at the GTX 780Ti too vs the R9-290X:
R9-290X (most cards are hovering the $549/559 mark):
With Tax: ~$678.10
Without Tax: $624.98
GTX 780Ti ACX (pricing taken straight from EVGA website):
With Tax: ~$759.49
Without Tax: $699.99
With Tax: $81.39
Without Tax: $75.01
Is that difference a lot to you? Some people may say yes, some people may say no. I'm in between. You are already spending a quite ridiculous amount of money on either card, that $75 isn't gigantic. Generally averages about a day or two of work, which I'm sure many people are capable of doing.
The difference in cost isn't like the Titan .
*tax based on 8.5% sales tax for states that require sales tax paid on online transactions with a distribution center/physical storefront in said state.
Edited by Kinaesthetic - 11/7/13 at 7:48pm