Originally Posted by mboner1
You must have a quiet vacuum cleaner. Where did you hear the 290x?
I think 55% being a vacuum cleaner is an exaggeration, but 55% is loud. Keep in mind that the electronics under the hood of the R290 cooler is the same as was the 6970 and 7970 - and those were definitely loud to me at 55%. I use a EATX Cosmos II case which is 3-4 feet away from me, and the 7970 was definitely uncomfortable in terms of acoustics past 50%. 55% was bad. 100% is terrible, although I can't see anyone using 100%.
Either way, the Titan shroud is roughly 48dB at load while the 290X at 55% is nearly 60dB (per anandtech). That is worse than the GTX 480, which I also criticized for being a hot and loud card. NOT ONLY THAT, but 60dB is also louder than GTX 780 SLI reference cards which are roughly 53dB at load. Understand that the 290X could be such a great card with a better cooler, you guys should really demand higher quality from AMD. Just think - none of this variability and noise nonsense would be discussed had AMD spent 20-30$ more on a proper shroud for the 290X. That's what it all boils down to - AMD cheaped out on the cooler which has caused this circus situation with the performance variance and noise. Instead of getting angry at the users here and the websites for pointing this out, get angry at AMD for failing to deliver on their product. Like I said. It could have been a great product. But right now, too many compromises - the GTX 780 IMO is more desirable because you don't have to deal with these AMD noise/throttling issues at all, and the 780 overclocks better as well.'
Had AMD put a cooler on the 290X which didn't cause throttling for quiet operation, and the cooler were on par with the Titan/780 shroud - I would have bought two of those cards. My opinion would be far different than it is now. Again.........you guys should demand a better product from AMD because it's so close to being really good but it missed the mark pretty badly.Edited by xoleras - 11/29/13 at 11:47am