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Found a post about the 290X Toxic. Wasn't on the front page for long, so it's likely most interested people missed it.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1472967/kitguru-sapphire-r9-290x-toxic-edition-8gb-cebit
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My only question is does this really need 8 gb of ram? I mean, would any single card need that much - is there any game that would make use of all of that? Obviously in the future games will exist that use that much, but that might be far enough out that the processing power of the card in weak in comparison to cards of that generation (the generation in which that much ram would be practical).

So, I'm not necessarily saying it is a silly amount of ram, but is 8 gb practical* right now? Legitimate question.

*Practical in terms of actual being able to be fully utilized.
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Originally Posted by Blast View Post

My only question is does this really need 8 gb of ram? I mean, would any single card need that much - is there any game that would make use of all of that? Obviously in the future games will exist that use that much, but that might be far enough out that the processing power of the card in weak in comparison to cards of that generation (the generation in which that much ram would be practical).

So, I'm not necessarily saying it is a silly amount of ram, but is 8 gb practical* right now? Legitimate question.

*Practical in terms of actual being able to be fully utilized.
For gaming, I don't think it is practical for this card. For OpenCL on the other hand, something requiring a lot of RAM for calculations such as Rosetta @ Home will likely benefit.
 
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Just a quote from a guy with some Titan Blacks (6GB VRAM) and 3 x 4k monitors.
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Yea, I was quite surprised too. I installed the 4th card now so the FPS is even better. With V-Sync forced through NVCP and Triple Buffering "ON", I am pegged at 60FPS with the settings in the screenshot above! biggrin.gif

VRAM usage is ridiculous - if I turn on even 2x MSAA, game crashes since it uses > 6GB. tongue.gif

It seems that there are some setups that could use the massive amounts of VRAM, but I am not sure this card has to ports to support that. If I am correct you could connect a 4k @ 60hz display to the display port and to the HDMI port. After that you would be limited by what you could do with the remaining DVI connectors.
So probably not a great card for gaming, might better for budget workstations that don't want to go with fire pro cards.

From this thread
http://www.overclock.net/t/1472145/got-4k/30
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They did the same thing on the 6gb 7970 Vapor-X on the 384bit memory bus. Were there issues with that card? I wasn't looking much into desktop parts at that time.

The only issue was that they didnt produce enough thumb.gif

The Toxic variant was king of HD7970s
 
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the powercolor is king among 290s and 290x, best temperature, the heatsink is bigger than sapphire tri-x though thumb.gif
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the lightning is king sorry tongue.gif
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So to summarise everything I've read through this 13 page thread, the extra 4Gb VRAM won't really help me for gaming when running 3x 2560x1440 monitors & 3x R9 290X's?
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That's one situation where I would argue they would be useful actually.
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For gaming, I don't think it is practical for this card. For OpenCL on the other hand, something requiring a lot of RAM for calculations such as Rosetta @ Home will likely benefit.

lol Rosetta@Home doesn't have GPU applications (see http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/apps.php)

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