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post #11 of 33
keep that 2500K. I've got mine OC'd to 4.5 and matched to a 780 and it's still working quite nicely.
     
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post #12 of 33
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Thats it then, I'll wait for the new cpus and motherboards

Now do I grab the 290 Tri-X at £300 though biggrin.gif I only ever play at 1920x1080, and can confidently say I won't be going multi-monitor (for gaming use) in the near future, so even if they do release fully custom cards in a month, maybe I should save money when this card will walk all over my games for years to come anyway?

Opinions?

I've kinda derailed my own thread, but only because my question is already answered tongue.gif
post #13 of 33
You're in the 2 generation update gap between GPU's.
290 from a 6950 is a good upgrade.

If you're good with the price, buy it. tongue.gif
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Thats it then, I'll wait for the new cpus and motherboards

Now do I grab the 290 Tri-X at £300 though biggrin.gif I only ever play at 1920x1080, and can confidently say I won't be going multi-monitor (for gaming use) in the near future, so even if they do release fully custom cards in a month, maybe I should save money when this card will walk all over my games for years to come anyway?

Opinions?

I've kinda derailed my own thread, but only because my question is already answered tongue.gif

i'd say yes. just ran this . . .

HT off . . .

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8190009

maxes out C3 at 1080 even if the gpu is at stock but others recommend using smaa instead of msaa.
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post #15 of 33
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Nice thanks for the info guys

Erm, I was ok with the price, but I've decided to go for this

I've had good experiences with Asus already
I can't stand having a bare back on the card like Sapphire's one is, looks messy
The red and black will go just right with my Asus Formula biggrin.gif (If they release one at a good price!)

Thanks again all biggrin.gif I'll sort rep in a bit
post #16 of 33
Why would you get the DCU II 290 for £350? It's a really bad cooler in this case, 2 heatpipes don't contact the GPU and the VRM cooling is bad (friend was ranting about that earlier)

the tri-x 290 is better in almost every respect aside from aesthetics which is personal taste, and it's 86% of the price!

I'm usually fine with aesthetic choices etc but this one sets off some alarm bells in the head. It's too much of a downgrade at a large price difference



As for CPU, i was going to say: 2500k to 4670k, no, unless you had a niche use that haswell was amazing for like some emulators. Holding out for z97 and grabbing a 4770k-equivelant >if you wanted HT< could be worthwhile though, if not that, then waiting for next gen
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post #17 of 33
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Originally Posted by Cyro999 View Post

Why would you get the DCU II 290 for £350? It's a really bad cooler in this case, 2 heatpipes don't contact the GPU and the VRM cooling is bad (friend was ranting about that earlier)

the tri-x 290 is better in almost every respect aside from aesthetics which is personal taste, and it's 86% of the price!

I'm usually fine with aesthetic choices etc but this one sets off some alarm bells in the head. It's too much of a downgrade at a large price difference



As for CPU, i was going to say: 2500k to 4670k, no, unless you had a niche use that haswell was amazing for like some emulators. Holding out for z97 and grabbing a 4770k-equivelant >if you wanted HT< could be worthwhile though, if not that, then waiting for next gen

Have you got some proof that the cooling on the Asus sucks? Because the reviews I've looked at so far actually so a better result

Thanks

Edit: I just read that the Asus engineers actually commented on this problem, and it is more to do with the VRAM sensor not being covered, and the chips are well within spec cooling wise.

Edit 2: In fact, logic just kicked in. If that really is the case, thats a simple lack of quality control which I'm not willing to pay for.

I won't really be doing too much of an overclock, as it will be walking all over my gaming requirements anyway
Edited by SgtMunky - 4/3/14 at 12:29pm
post #18 of 33
Few sites

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-and-290x,3728-6.html

i've seen several rants with multiple links/sources and lots of people agreeing on tri-x being the best 290, but the asus one stands out in particular as being bad

here is the image of heatpipes not contacting the gpu because they were too lazy to make a new cooler for 290/290x -

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post #19 of 33
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Well its the Tri-X then. Shame it looks so bad, think I can fit a backplate to it?
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Maybe~ eh-smiley.gif
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