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I am buying graphics card and I am thinking about getting 2x R9 290X and but I am somewhat confused on crossfire (I read it laggs), I wonder if thats true...

So my question is should I get 2x R9 290X or 2x some other graphics card for triplemonitor setup!

Thank You!
post #2 of 14
Multi-GPU configurations have been known to have stuttering, where frames are not delivered to the screen at a constant refresh rate. Most of this latency has been fixed however, and a 2x290X setup will be very beastly. One thing to note though, is that the stock coolers are terrible, so if you're running in a full ATX system, put the cards in with space between and use aftermarket aircoolers smile.gif

2x290 could also be an option as they are quite close in performance for much cheaper smile.gif
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Originally Posted by KrazyKap View Post

Multi-GPU configurations have been known to have stuttering, where frames are not delivered to the screen at a constant refresh rate. Most of this latency has been fixed however, and a 2x290X setup will be very beastly. One thing to note though, is that the stock coolers are terrible, so if you're running in a full ATX system, put the cards in with space between and use aftermarket aircoolers smile.gif

2x290 could also be an option as they are quite close in performance for much cheaper smile.gif

Thank you for your response, I noted it! I will see what others have to say also biggrin.gif
post #4 of 14
There have been alot of 290's that will unlock to 290x just a thought.
post #5 of 14
If you're really only running Intel HD graphics I would start with one card. I would also wait a bit more for the aftermarket coolers to be released.

Unless you've had a serious rig before and you're confident that you'll need that much horsepower. At 1080p 1 R9-290x should be sufficient.
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Originally Posted by DaFirnz View Post

If you're really only running Intel HD graphics I would start with one card. I would also wait a bit more for the aftermarket coolers to be released.

Unless you've had a serious rig before and you're confident that you'll need that much horsepower. At 1080p 1 R9-290x should be sufficient.

Yes I am on Intel HD graphics because I built this rig few days ago and I didnt ordered any graphics.. Time has come to buy it!
post #7 of 14
Crossfire should have been fixed (cant speak from experience just from reading articles). I know the fact that bridges went away helped a good bit with crossfire. Also, def. look into a 290 over 290x unless you've got money to burn and want the greatest. In my opinion the extra 150 isnt worth it, but that's because I dont have loads of cash to splurge.

Also, they do run hot, so if you arent water cooling you may want to either wait for after market coolers (or install one yourself) or make sure you have plenty of room in your case seperating the two so that there will be suffcient cool air for them.

And some 290 (nonx) have been able to unlock to 290x, but not many, everyone's still trying to figure it all out.

Check out some of these links:

290 reviews:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1439854/various-amd-r9-290-reviews

290x reviews:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1436561/various-amd-radeon-r9-290x-reviews-thread

290/290x owners club:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1436497/official-amd-r9-290x-290-owners-club

290-->290x unlock thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1443242/the-r9-290-290x-unlock-thread
 
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post #8 of 14
Look into a couple of PowerColor R9 290 cards in crossfire. They potentially have the best chance to unlock into 290x cards. If they don't, you still have a beastly setup as 290 crossfire isn't much slower than 290x crossfire.

Check these threads for more information:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1442692/vc-powercolor-radeon-r9-290-unlocked-into-r9-290x

http://www.overclock.net/t/1443242/the-r9-290-290x-unlock-thread
    
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post #9 of 14
Ive read on here someone who has 2x 290x or 290s and his crossfire results are worse than his single 290/x results. So clearly the technology is not ready yet, personally would I buy a single 290/x? Yes. Would I go crossfire? Not just yet.
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Wait for the non reference 290's to arrive before buying.
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