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Reference 290x can have either Hynix or Elpida. Hynix seems rarer. DC II comes with Elpida exclusively and the new 290X Lightning has Samsung. Samsung seem to clock the highest, but have a bit looser timings, so it's a trade off.


Hu. That is unfortunate then, I'd love to get a reference board with the higher quality stuff but now it looks like luck of the draw isn't only the silicon quality but what kind of memory you get. XD
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Alright, I need an urgent opinion because I cannot find much info on this. Is $470 for a DirectCuII 290 worth it? I see mixed reviews on that specific model, but I'm about to buy and build a new rig and I want to pull the trigger on this, just find conflicting information on how noisy it is or how hot the VRMs get and stuff. Is the Tri-X version worth $30 more?

Also, is there any way to manually set voltage and clock speeds under certain loads for a 290 as I noticed it takes up a bit too much power while just watching movies? Thanks.
Edited by Serandur - 3/25/14 at 8:08pm
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Alright, I need an urgent opinion because I cannot find much info on this. Is $470 for a DirectCuII 290 worth it? I see mixed reviews on that specific model, but I'm about to buy and build a new rig and I want to pull the trigger on this, just find conflicting information on how noisy it is or how hot the VRMs get and stuff. Is the Tri-X version worth $30 more?

Also, is there any way to manually set voltage and clock speeds under certain loads for a 290 as I noticed it takes up a bit too much power while just watching movies? Thanks.
If you are anal about temps then the Tri-X is worth the extra.
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If you are anal about temps then the Tri-X is worth the extra.

What are the differences in temps between the two?
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What are the differences in temps between the two?
The Asus cooler doesn't sit well on the hawaii core because it was designed for the 780, in other words, 60% of the heatpipes don't touch the hawaii core. You'll get temps in the 80s to possibly 90s unless you ramp the fan up by a bit. The Tri-X on the other hand will be mid 70s to low 80s on a decent fan curve.
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The Asus cooler doesn't sit well on the hawaii core because it was designed for the 780, in other words, 60% of the heatpipes don't touch the hawaii core. You'll get temps in the 80s to possibly 90s unless you ramp the fan up by a bit. The Tri-X on the other hand will be mid 70s to low 80s on a decent fan curve.
I heard that somewhere before, it just sounded so incompetent to be true. They sure took their time getting them to the market. Why is there so little/conflicting info on the differences between the 290s floating around the internet? People review the DCUII 290X pretty well as far as I can see, but the 290 is getting a very different reception. What's going on there? And in the $500 price range, the 780 is a more feasible contender again. >3 months and the prices on the R9 cards are still too high.

The few reviews I've seen on the DCUII 290 claim it runs in the mid 70s range a lot, could I see some sources for the cooler not fitting properly? Or, are you referring strictly to the VRMs and not the core?
Edited by Serandur - 3/25/14 at 8:57pm
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I own both cards and I can tell you the DCU2 runs hotter than the Tri-X at the same fan curve. I never ran the DCU2 as a single card, but in crossfire with the Tri-X it runs about 3-5 degrees hotter in the same placement.
 
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Alright, I need an urgent opinion because I cannot find much info on this. Is $470 for a DirectCuII 290 worth it? I see mixed reviews on that specific model, but I'm about to buy and build a new rig and I want to pull the trigger on this, just find conflicting information on how noisy it is or how hot the VRMs get and stuff. Is the Tri-X version worth $30 more?

I didn't think I would ever do this, but the Powercolor PCS+ is my recommendation. The one in my computer is in there with a terrible fan/airflow configuration, and it hits 69-70c after 2 hours of whatever I throw at it (BF4, BF3, FarCry 3). It's stable, not overly loud like the ASUS, and cool like a Tri-X.
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If you can swing it, that specific model of 290x is likely the best deal on the graphics card market at the moment.
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