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Asus R9 290x ref with hynix, or Sapphire R9 290 Tri-x

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I've been looking for an R9 290/290x with Hynix ram to put an EK waterblock on, and found these two cards at a local shop for $CDN 659 and 599 plus tax respectively. Overpriced, I know, but not bad for a local shop in the boonies, and supply is still limited around here.

The Asus R9 290X was checked by the shop, and is equipped with hynix ram. AFAIK the sapphire 290 Tri-X has hynix as well. Both have reference pcb, so the block should fit.

Which has a better OC track record? Any other thoughts? For a difference of $60 I'm kinda leaning towards the Asus card, but the Sapphire is nice too. Down the road, if I revert the sapphire to stock for resale it'll have the better cooler, but on the other hand the Asus card is a 290X, not a 290. However the reference cooler is a handicap for resale.

Which would you choose?
post #2 of 6
For $60 more, 290x no doubt
    
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Any good OC results with the ref Asus 290x?

I'm actually starting to lean towards the tri-x. If I buy the reference Asus 290x and lose the silicon lottery, I won't want to watercool it and I'll be stuck with a card with a crappy cooler. Same for reverting it to stock later in it's life.

I haven't read a ton of great overclocking results from the reference Asus 290x, but I HAVE seen some great reports regarding the tri-x 290.

Can anyone confirm that the tri-x is reference pcb? EK cooling configurator says yes, visual confirmation that my EK R9 290X acetal nickel block will fit, but it would be nice to know that someone has actually tried it.
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The Tri-X do have the reference layout with non-ref components. As for ASUS R9 290X ref card, I also want to know it's OC capabilities in general, even I'm in the same state as you, stuck thinking whether to go for a Hynix running 290X or a Tri-X 290!!
    
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It'd be better if we could create a list of all makes of ref and non-ref 290 and 290X cards having hynix and elpida.
    
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The tri-x uses hynix. The Asus 290x reference card can be either. I have a powercolor pcs+ 290, they can be either.
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