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We review the Gigabyte Radeon R9-290X WindForce 3X OC edition. A lot of you guys have been waiting on a custom cooled version of this product. Armed with the latest revision of the WindForce 3X cooler and will get that 2816 Stream processor based Hawaii chip with and 4 GB GDDR5 memory running along a 512-bit memory interface. The WindForce 3X card will be equipped with a fully custom PCB design. The card is powered through 8-Pin + 6-Pin power configuration and obviously runs at factory overclocked specifications. The card can Boost towards 1040 MHz and is clocked at reference clocks on the GDDR5 memory.

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FUD keeping people from buying a competitive AMD product!? no way!
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So increasing the fan speed further from 45 % - 54 % decreased temps by 10c?
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Curious to see where the price actually sits when it hits retail. I'm thinking $640-650.

Still, great card!
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Price in the Netherlands:

Gigabyte R9 290X non reference = € 506
Gigabyte R9 290X non reference BF4 = € 528
Gigabyte R9 290X Windforce OC = € 549
Gigabyte R9 290X Windforce OC BF4 = € 622 (wich seems to be wrong pricing)

But interesting price difference between US and EU.
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Performance-wise, this is truly a competitive product to the GTX 780 Ti. The price gouging on the AMD cards these days with all the crypto-currency mining really is a buzzkill for those who are in the market for gaming. All the 290X really needed was better cooling. It's painful to see the performance (and overclocking potential) of the reference version being sealed away by a jet engine.
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yes it was and is explained here - from guru3d -

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Originally Posted by mboner1 View Post

Man, i'm shocked the 290x is 15 fps better than a 780ti in bf4!! I mean i knew the 290x was better, but not by that much! It's not even a fair competition anymore lol, faster, cheaper, cooler, it's a domination!!!
Tom's hardware anti AMD.. NEVER. I'm shocked biggrin.gif

Well...not sure anybody else would come to the conclusion that one card is better than the other when you compare one with an aftermarket cooler vs one with stock, then only use a single game to base this conclusion on; one that AMD spent roughly 8 million dollars on its partnership and optimizations

If you wanted a level playing ground, here's the Gigabyte 780 Ti OC

At 4k....
BF4 - tie
Hitman - tie
Bioshock - 780 Ti 19% faster
MOH WF - 780 Ti 9% faster
Tomb R - 780 Ti 7% faster
Metro LL - 780 Ti 11% faster
Crysis 3 - 780 Ti 4% faster

Temps?
~Same 290X 84C vs 780 Ti 83C (completely based on what the target is)

Noise?
290X - 42dBA (as noisy as SLI 570's)
780 Ti - 37dBA (as silent as a AMD 7770)

Power?
290X - 287 watts
780 Ti - 264 watts (8.7% less)

Overclocking?
R290X: "Overall we have been able to get another 5% maybe 10% performance out of this graphics card."

780 Ti: "Overall we have been able to get another 10% performance out of this graphics card."

Gigabyte 290X OC = $700
Gigabyte 780 Ti OC =$730 (4% more for better performance in nearly every category)

Note: This is all based on the current pricing of the Gigabyte 290X OC. Had it been at it's normal price of ~550-570, THEN this comparison would fall in favor of its perf/value (not sheer performance)
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Well...not sure anybody else would come to the conclusion that one card is better than the other when you compare one with an aftermarket cooler vs one with stock, then only use a single game to base this conclusion on; one that AMD spent roughly 8 million dollars on its partnership and optimizations

If you wanted a level playing ground, here's the Gigabyte 780 Ti OC

At 4k....
BF4 - tie
Hitman - tie
Bioshock - 780 Ti 19% faster
MOH WF - 780 Ti 9% faster
Tomb R - 780 Ti 7% faster
Metro LL - 780 Ti 11% faster
Crysis 3 - 780 Ti 4% faster

Temps?
~Same 290X 84C vs 780 Ti 83C (completely based on what the target is)

Noise?
290X - 42dBA (as noisy as SLI 570's)
780 Ti - 37dBA (as silent as a AMD 7770)

Power?
290X - 287 watts
780 Ti - 264 watts (8.7% less)

Overclocking?
R290X: "Overall we have been able to get another 5% maybe 10% performance out of this graphics card."

780 Ti: "Overall we have been able to get another 10% performance out of this graphics card."

Gigabyte 290X OC = $700
Gigabyte 780 Ti OC =$730 (4% more for better performance in nearly every category)

Note: This is all based on the current pricing of the Gigabyte 290X OC. Had it been at it's normal price of ~550-570, THEN this comparison would fall in favor of its perf/value (not sheer performance)

you are compareing a card that can go up to 1150mhz ( that is 200Mhz ) to a card that only overclocked to 40mhz ?
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