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@ the people wondering why Gibbo probably got a samsung one, these companies usually make cards with different memory chips for overclockers to test out, hell Vince has some super secret kingpin cards with hynix on them, but no customer actually saw any with hynix tongue.gif

No, he confirmed it was a retail card. There are some 290x Lightnings with Samsung out there apparently.

BTW, what are the odds on a MSI 750 Hawk release on Mar 10 instead? tongue.gif
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What's the current VRAM analysis? Hynix and Samsung are good to go? Elpida not so great? Just curious. Personally I had elpida VRAM cards that did okay, but I understand that's the exception and not the rule. I guess Samsung would be the best or is that still the rule of thumb?
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ya and technically out of the box the kingpin was green light approved. Without changing the bios and only using precision x it's a locked down card. But it's so easy to flash the bios and use the classy controller or evbot. kingpin even released the bios before the card even released to the public. I hope msi has the same community support for this card.

Yeah, I hope that it does. It will be good to have some non ref Nvidia/AMD friendly benchmark competition going. May be Alexey or his proxy would release a volt hack on guru3d. Someone then just have to come up with custom vbios. My guess is AMD stock bios/volts would have similar restrictions for its high end cards as Nvidia.
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I'd like to get one of these for my folding rig and for having a little fun with the benches. Anybody know how well this baby would fold? I know the 7970's used to be pretty terrible but apparently they are pretty good these days. I imagine the 290X gets pretty decent PPD...
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I'd like to get one of these for my folding rig and for having a little fun with the benches. Anybody know how well this baby would fold? I know the 7970's used to be pretty terrible but apparently they are pretty good these days. I imagine the 290X gets pretty decent PPD...

Any idea about the price point at release?
Or does anyone have a guess?
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I'd assume $649 MSRP. Newegg *might* not get the memo though. tongue.gif
    
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I'd assume $649 MSRP. Newegg *might* not get the memo though. tongue.gif

May be Amazon then...lol
$649 is not too bad if this card can deliver the goods, i.e. un-lockable voltage and good aftermarket custom bios. Of course, the standard checklist of driver support, temps , etc still applies. It would be good to have our cake and eat it too, for a change. biggrin.gif
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I'd prefer to see $599 but that's highly unlikely. Prices these days sure do suck! Can we go back to 2010/2011 pricing (GTX 580 and 6970)?!?! tongue.gif
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For sale on newegg!

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