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So I recently sold my 2 6950s on ebay for $405 altogether, so I'm graphics card-less. I'm considering a few options: Spend the whole $405 and get a 290, spend a bit less and get a 280x in order to have some cash leftover, or some crossfire solution such as 270s or 7870s. In my heart I want the 290, but I don't want a reference cooler so that's more waiting. I'm not gonna settle for anything less than what I had, performance-wise. Any input? Any amazing deals from the green team I should look at?

Edit: Also, hot cards don't bother me one bit, I sometimes use furmark to make my PC a space heater. Noise, on the other hand, is a problem. The card(s) need(s) to be quiet, I hate hearing fans.
Edited by Lanlan - 12/7/13 at 4:07am
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So I recently sold my 2 6950s on ebay for $405 altogether, so I'm graphics card-less. I'm considering a few options: Spend the whole $405 and get a 290, spend a bit less and get a 280x in order to have some cash leftover, or some crossfire solution such as 270s or 7870s. In my heart I want the 290, but I don't want a reference cooler so that's more waiting. I'm not gonna settle for anything less than what I had, performance-wise. Any input? Any amazing deals from the green team I should look at?

Edit: Also, hot cards don't bother me one bit, I sometimes use furmark to make my PC a space heater. Noise, on the other hand, is a problem. The card(s) need(s) to be quiet, I hate hearing fans.

coming from 2 6950s, the 280 will be a sidegrade. go 290.
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Yeah, but a sidegrade with about $100 in profit, which is why I'm considering the 280x
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OP go with R9 290. wait for custom designs like asus dc2 or his iceq x2. should launch in the next few weeks. well worth the wait.

http://rog.asus.com/287822013/graphics-cards-2/preview-gallery-asus-r9-290x-directcu-ii/

http://www.techspot.com/review/736-amd-radeon-r9-290/page8.html

"Update: Based on your feedback, I took the IceQ X2 cooler off the HIS Radeon R9 280X and stuck it on our R9 290 sample. Cooling was dramatically improved. The FurMark stress test maxed out at 76 degrees while the card never exceeded 63 degrees in Crysis 3 and Battlefield 4. So it seems as expected the board partners will be able to solve the heat issues of the reference card."

R9 290 is 25% faster than R9 280X. R9 280X is faster than HD 6950 CF. look at comparison in modern DX11 games like BF4, Metro Last Light where the HD 6950's outdated architecture shows its weakness and where the GCN architecture shines . R9 290 will destroy HD 6950 CF. CF scaling in best cases is 1.7x - 1.8x. on avg across many games its 1.5x - 1.6x. some games like Company of Heroes 2 do not support multi GPU at all. the frametimes and smoothness of HD 6950 CF will be no match for even a single R9 280X.

BF4
http://www.sweclockers.com/artikel/17810-prestandaanalys-battlefield-4/3#pagehead
http://gamegpu.ru/action-/-fps-/-tps/battlefield-4-test-gpu.html

Metro Last Light
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_r9_290_review_benchmarks,24.html
http://www.techspot.com/review/736-amd-radeon-r9-290/page7.html
Edited by raghu78 - 12/7/13 at 4:52am
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