Originally Posted by arw1nat0r
Since the AMD R9 290 just came out, and Nvidia just lowered their price on the 780, I was wondering if anyone had input on which one to buy. I know the 780 is quieter, draws less power, and is cooler, but is it really worth the extra $100?
It's really up to you, honestly. The 290 is a beast of a card. It trades blows and even exceeds the performance of the GTX 780 at times. The main draw back of the 290 and 290x lineup is the flimsy, terribad reference fan. It is noisy and extremely ineffective. Now, this can be remedied with your custom fan curve or an aftermarket cooler. Your case also has to be well ventilated because the card was made to run HOT
The 780s at the moment are an incredible deal at the moment. Quite a good selection of cards, ranging from reference with an actually half-decent stock cooler, to a non-reference 780. But if we are talking reference to reference, the 780 offers less noise, less power draw as you mentioned. But the catch is the $100 premium. Though, you do receive 3 free games with a 780 purchase, so that could sway your choice.
It really comes down to the price. The 290 is hard to beat at the price and I would usually have a hard time justifying not to buy it. It just comes down if you can take the noise and heat if you went reference 290.