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It's not here yet, but it should be either this Friday or Saturday! I'm so pumped that I can't stand it. lol

Anyway, I wanted the Tri-X FAR more than any other card, but it's too big for my case by a few millimeters and I don't have any tools for modding my case (nor do I want to do it). So, I did extensive research and found that the DirectCU II R9 290 seems to be the best 2-fan R9 290 on the market. All of the 3-fan 290s seem to be too long for my case. frown.gif The MSI Gaming R9 290 was recommended to me quite a bit, but I found in reviews that the DirectCU II seems to be superior in every way by just a little bit!

I hope to remember to update this thread after I am done playing around with my new card for a while. Oh, and I'll be using my MSI GTX 465 Golden Edition for PhysX. lol I have a GTX 260, but I don't know where it is. I could also use my GTX 580, but the thought of using that beautiful bling bling Golden Edition card just kinda makes me feel really good. smile.gif I'm looking forward to taking it out of its box and looking at it again. I could probably look at that card for hours. lol

Yeah I was going to say about the MSI card, as quite a lot of people recommended that to me before the Tri-X

I'm considering buying a H100i now and hot-gluing it somehow to the top of my case, as my CPU cooler is the noisiest component in my pc by far biggrin.gif
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Go Twocabs! Nice upgrade from your gtx 580 wink.gif
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Yeah I was going to say about the MSI card, as quite a lot of people recommended that to me before the Tri-X

I'm considering buying a H100i now and hot-gluing it somehow to the top of my case, as my CPU cooler is the noisiest component in my pc by far biggrin.gif

 

Yeah, I almost went with the MSI Gaming, but then I compared review after review and found the DirectCU II to be better. Like, for example:

 

MSI Gaming R9 290: http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/msi-r9-290-oc-gaming-edition-review-1600p-ultra-hd-4k/28/

 

DirectCU II R9 290: http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/asus-r9-290-direct-cu-ii-oc-review-1600p-ultra-hd-4k/28/

 

Both got about the same temps while idling and while under full load in Furmark, but the MSI Gaming needed its fan speed to be at 64% vs. the DirectCU II which only needed its fan speed to be at 50%. To  me, that's more cooling headroom. Yeah, I will give the MSI Gaming card credit for the lower fan noise (like at 50%, it's noticeably quieter than the DirectCU II at 50%), but cooling headroom is more important to me. Besides, I am going to set up a fan profile in MSI Afterburner, and so it won't matter.

 

Another thing I liked is that the GPU itself isn't exposed on the back like it is with the MSI Gaming, and I have an X-Fi Titanium HD that I don't want melting. lol

 

Guru3D Thermal Imaging of the MSI Gaming R9 290X (I'm assuming that the 290 is similar): http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_radeon_r9_290x_gaming_oc_review,11.html

 

Guru3D Thermal Imaging of the DirectCU II R9 290: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_r9_290_directcuii_oc_review,11.html

 

They sound more impressed by the DirectCU II than the MSI Gaming Twin Frozr to me, and that's no surprise considering the results from the thermal imaging!

 

So yeah, getting the DirectCU II R9 290 instead seemed like a no-brainer to me. I hope that I was right! lol I'll be finding out in about 3-5 days (5 days if I don't get around to it until Sunday for some reason).

 

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Go Twocabs! Nice upgrade from your gtx 580 wink.gif

 

Thank you, $ilent!!

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #34 of 35
I initially went with the MSI Gaming. Had to change it to an ASUS Dircet CU II because of an incompatibility with EK WB.

So I can not comment much about the stock air cooling of the cards, but I can comment on the overall build quality.

And I have to say, the Asus is BY FAR superior build than the MSI Gaming.

First of all, the MSI had quite the coil whine - not under normal operation (no worries), but in high FPS scenarios none the less. So called "ship spinning" in EVE ran with about 200 or 300 FPS and it exhibited coil whine.
The overall quality of the card does not look that great.

The ASUS on the other hand is build excellently. I do not notice coil whine nearly as much. In fact, the only instance of CW I noticed was the exit screen of heaven, and only slightly so.

EVE was no issue anymore - no CW at all.

The card looks much more solid and reassuring.

I am quite happy I (had to) made the change.
post #35 of 35
fellow Asus R9 290 here!

I picked up a open box from newegg fof $400. Overall, it is actually pretty impressive.
Build quality is top notch. All metal including the backplate (i think its metal). The card itself doesnt hang in my R4 so it looks nice inside the case.
Performance wise, it is what you would expect from a R9 290. I use it to play BF4 as well as folding@home. Noise is OK. It doesnt get somewhat loud when folding, but nowhere near the original R9 290.

I previously had a GTX 770 so there was about a 15-20% increase in performance.
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