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post #51 of 215
well thats a given most people know the core runs hotter than gk110 on average, but the non customized coolers arent helping by not being well...customized.
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I think we can agree that the conclusion is for the OP to get the MSI Gaming 290 at ~$450 right now.
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I think we can agree that the conclusion is for the OP to get the MSI Gaming 290 at ~$450 right now.

I say stick to EVGA ;-)
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Oh. I totally forgot about mining! I definitely want to be able to mine at decent speeds when not gaming.

As far as water cooling goes, I do plan on building a water cooling loop in the future.

He can always go back to eVGA when big-die Maxwell is released.
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oh he wants to watercool the card?


avoid the msi and sapphire card then, MSI changes their pcbs like a baby changes diapers, people have had lots of trouble in the past getting msi cards to fit with waterblocks because they decided to add random capacitors on the pcb. Sapphire usually doesnt get full cover waterblocks from most companies either for close to the same reason.


also sapphire voids your warranty super fast if you even think about touching their cooler.
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Yes, that's why you avoid reference R9 290s. I've done extensive research on the R9 290s that are available, and there are some DAMN good options out there that will beat any GTX 780. I don't have enough time at the moment to list them all because I'm going out for the whole evening and I'm leaving in like 5 minutes, so I'll let others help me out with that if they so choose.

Also, I'm not going to compare clock speeds because we are comparing two completely different GPUs. Clock-for-clock, they aren't going to be identical.

290 and 780 are trading blows, there's no definite winner. There was a lot of debate and benches on OCN nearer launch, and simple answer is at stock they perform very well. If you're cranking up gk110 though or especially adding voltage past 1.2v, there is no way you can consistently beat them with any cooled 290, and 780ti stands ahead of the pack (original titan, 780/290/290x)
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Water cooled 780 Classified! Ohh my........
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oh he wants to watercool the card?

avoid the msi and sapphire card then, MSI changes their pcbs like a baby changes diapers, people have had lots of trouble in the past getting msi cards to fit with waterblocks because they decided to add random capacitors on the pcb. Sapphire usually doesnt get full cover waterblocks from most companies either for close to the same reason.

Bite the bullet on the DirectCU II 290 then? Even with the "borrowed" cooler reports don't seem that bad. It'd probably more than tide him over until the waterblock.

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290 and 780 are trading blows, there's no definite winner. There was a lot of debate and benches on OCN nearer launch, and simple answer is at stock they perform very well. If you're cranking up gk110 though or especially adding voltage past 1.2v, there is no way you can consistently beat them with any cooled 290, and 780ti stands ahead of the pack (original titan, 780/290/290x)

But in crypto mining GK110 gets eaten alive by Hawaii and even Tahiti, regardless of clocks. This situation won't change until Maxwell rolls out.
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post #59 of 215
im not an nvidia fanboy, im an evga fanboy. Which can be seen from all of my posts in this thread lol. I get accused of being an nvidia fanboy all the time, but 99% of the time im recommending an 29 card over a gk110 lol.
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I can't speak for the 290 and 780.... but I can speak for the 290x and the 780Ti and I can't say I'm impressed at all with the 290x. So take that for what it is.

I'd rather get a 780 to be honest. Throw a BIOS on it and have fun.
 
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