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I'm currently looking at this MSI 290, but wondering why exactly it's so much cheaper than all the other 290s I can find on the market right now....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127774
    
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Also, I've been reading up a lot on these cards, and it seems this MSI model carries the "superior Hynix memory" on it as well. Just curious as to the price, as it's basically $40 cheaper than ANY other 290 and close to $100 cheaper than most of them
    
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Crap quality control lead to faulty fan bearings that leaked oil all over the cards and pretty much ruined many users cards (miners especially). There is still too many bad cards from the bad batch (which has since been fixed) out there to be worth the gamble and hassle.

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Crap quality control lead to faulty fan bearings that leaked oil all over the cards and pretty much ruined many users cards (miners especially). There is still too many bad cards from the bad batch (which has since been fixed) out there to be worth the gamble and hassle.
so, it should be absolutely fine if one to replace stock cooling with custom?
Asking because wondering if PowerColor R9 290X has the same issue (in UK it seems to be £30 to £50 cheaper than most other 290x cards)
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so, it should be absolutely fine if one to replace stock cooling with custom?
Asking because wondering if PowerColor R9 290X has the same issue (in UK it seems to be £30 to £50 cheaper than most other 290x cards)

You'd have to read up on that specific brand. I know some of them, MSI included, have a serial-sticker on the components. If this is removed/torn (which happens when you try to modify it) then the warranty is instantly voided.

Also...wish me luck. I'd already ordered the MSI 290.
    
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Get a Tri-X or Powercolor PCS+. The two best cards atm.
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post #7 of 11
I got the VisionTek Version of this card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131569

Pretty much the same card but no Red.

IMO I would get this over the MSI card.

Uses the same PCB as the Powercolor PCS+, Which is pretty much a Ref board. Also has high chance of having Hynix
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Which is your resolution?psu?cpu?

I have seen the r9 290 double D at 470usd and it comes with bf4 free
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-r9290aedfd

Here a review of the r9 290x double d
http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/33629-xfx-radeon-dd-r9-290x-1000m-reviewed/33629-xfx-radeon-dd-r9-290x-1000m-reviewed?start=6
post #9 of 11
The best would be the Tri-X or the PCS+, and I believe all the rest are decent except for the ASUS DCII and Matrix. Please avoid those.
post #10 of 11
Best would actually have to be Toxic and Lightning, of which lightning is out and toxic may take a while to show up. These are the best overclocking cards. But for the price vs overclocking best buy is Tri-X, even on air it can strike pretty high clock speeds if your case has good provisions for air-flow over GPU, like the HAF X which is supposed to be best case for GPU cooling.
    
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