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post #51 of 83
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Originally Posted by Artikbot View Post

HELL YEAH OVER HALF A KILOWATT.

Man, that card is sucking more power than my entire computer XD

Nah, they measured power draw of the entire system, at the wall.
 
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post #52 of 83
Did you all not read where they justify their OC's? Even for the 780 Ti they just used a reference cooler.
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We have learned a lot with our time spent overclocking and gaming on the ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC and the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Our overclocks may seem lower than other sites, but that is because we will not accept any room for instability or artifacts after prolonged sessions of gaming. We want to achieve an overclock that a gamer would set, and forget. We don't just run benchmarks, or timedemos to stress test, we actually play the game, whole levels, whole chapters, even half the game itself at times, to find out what is stable. Multiple hour long sessions of Battlefield 4 Multiplayer are common practice for testing overclocking.

I for sure cannot run the same "suicide" OC's for gaming sessions as my bench marking sessions. Both OC's are respectable for the average.

Aside from that, the R290X is still temp limited (playing with your fan @ 100% is not reasonable)


With those performance results, I'd say the OC'd 780 Ti is looking might fine - especially when it's the same price.
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post #53 of 83
Ordered the DirectCU last night. Should recieve it tomorrow. Kitguru's review put the core at around 1200 and stable. Numbers looked very good. Hope I receive a good overclocker. smile.gif
post #54 of 83
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780 = $499

290x = $630+

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Exactly what coree said. U.S prices are very different probably because of the mining boom. Here in Finland they are priced very similarly.
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post #55 of 83
The biggest difference I see from [H] vs here is they went for a safe 24/7 clock on both chips vs benching for max potential for a suicide run. I've looked everywhere for max safe STABLE clocks for 24/7 gaming and this review is actually really good for that comparison. I'm getting that upgrade itch but was holding off for the 290x lightning to see how it fares against the 780 ti classy (again 24/7 max STABLE clocks).
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post #56 of 83
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The biggest difference I see from [H] vs here is they went for a safe 24/7 clock on both chips vs benching for max potential for a suicide run. I've looked everywhere for max safe STABLE clocks for 24/7 gaming and this review is actually really good for that comparison. I'm getting that upgrade itch but was holding off for the 290x lightning to see how it fares against the 780 ti classy (again 24/7 max STABLE clocks).

max stable game 24/7 clocks will vary depending on the chip itself, a reviewer might get a card that can do 1400 core stable 24/7 for a year straight, then you might get one that cant keep itself at 1050 core with any amount of voltage. Buy the card you want then tweak it yourself, dont base it off a reviewer.
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post #57 of 83
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Exactly what coree said. U.S prices are very different probably because of the mining boom. Here in Finland they are priced very similarly.

The relevant comparison would be cheapest custom 290X to cheapest custom 780. As it stands, that is 549€ for a Gigabyte Windforce R9 290X and 458€ for a Asus GTX 780 DCII. That is an easy win for the 780 in price/performance.

290X is not a value kind of card, period. It gets beaten every time by the vanilla 290 if not anything else. For value, the real comparison is custom 290 vs. any 780 (since even the reference card is a solid choice for 780).
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post #58 of 83
Obviously the 290 (which I just bought btw) is the price perf king by far. Nvidia high end equivalents are always way more expensive. I just said that the 290X is way better in price/perf than the 780Ti
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The relevant comparison would be cheapest custom 290X to cheapest custom 780. As it stands, that is 549€ for a Gigabyte Windforce R9 290X and 458€ for a Asus GTX 780 DCII. That is an easy win for the 780 in price/performance.

290X is not a value kind of card, period. It gets beaten every time by the vanilla 290 if not anything else. For value, the real comparison is custom 290 vs. any 780 (since even the reference card is a solid choice for 780).
Custom 290's (Sapphire Tri-X) go for 419€ here. Gigabyte WF3 780 goes for like 50€ more. But the Sapphire is out of stock still
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http://www.jimms.fi/tuote/GV-N780OC-3GD-REV2.0
post #60 of 83
Good article as usual. HardOCP focuses on everyday use, not strict benches which let's face it is a lot more relevant to the vast majority of users.

Now I am sure the benching guru's on our site will chime in on that but they represent such a small fraction of the owners of the cards (most of us are gamers right?) that it makes the majority opinion matter the most.

If pure performance is your thing, it looks like an overclocked GeForce GTX 780 Ti may be in your future, which is showing to sell for $719.99 with Free Prime Shipping. We have a retail card undergoing a full evaluation, and that should show us the potential of what a custom card can provide. If overclocking is not your thing, the ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC still competes quite well with the GTX 780 Ti, beating it most of the time. Just don't overclock the 780 Ti and embarrass the AMD R9 290X GPU, that way your R9 290X GPU will stay all warm and fuzzy inside.
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