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Hi guys, was just wondering what graphics card would be better for 1080p gaming. From what I've heard, the 290 is a better card. Which is what I was looking at. However, the only 290 that I saw that can fit my Antec 300 is the MSI TwinFrozr 290 which apparently has oil leaking issues? I'd like to be able to comfortably run games on max/ultra settings without any hiccups. Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance!
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The 290 is on par with the GTX 780.

 

Consider the DirectCU II.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121842

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The cooler on the Direct CUII is nice, I had a 280x version and it kept the card pretty cool. At high RPMs I could definitely hear the fans though, and one of them was out of balance after about 4 months. However, when I upgraded I went with the Sapphire Vapor-X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202103

It overclocks very well, I have benched, stressed, and gamed at 1200/1500. The highest temp I have seen in any circumstance was 74c (custom fan profile).

Quite honestly, it is one of my favorite computer parts I've purchased; it is an amazing cooler. It cools better than the Direct CUII and much quieter. It also comes with an awesome backplate, the entire cooler is made of metal. You can feel the quality as soon as you pick it up. Although it is (now) $70 more, but I think its worth it. However, when I picked mine up it was $450, not $470, when it released a few weeks ago.

EDIT: Sorry I didn't even touch on your original question lol, I can't speak for Nvidia performance, but the 290 will easily handle almost anything at 1080 max.
Edited by SouthernStyle - 5/16/14 at 5:07pm
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Looks good, but the only issue with that card is that it doesn't fit my case :/ Needs to be smaller than 11" and the only one I found was that MSI.
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Looks good, but the only issue with that card is that it doesn't fit my case :/ Needs to be smaller than 11" and the only one I found was that MSI.

 

Exactly.

 

The DirectCU II is just under 11".

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Oh well crap lol. Mine fit in my 690II Adv. with literally less than 1/8" to spare. It was quite the chore getting it installed without having to drain and take part of my loop apart.
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Wait. Damn. It's 11.29" according to this:

 

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2014/03/03/asus-radeon-r9-290-directcu-ii-oc-review/1

 

I guess I'm not measuring mine correctly.

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Yea I measured mine wrong also before I ordered, thankfully it still barely fit. Where do they measure these from anyway? I measured from the outside of the I/O plate to the tip of the cooler, and it was definitely not what the posted spec was.
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Yea I measured mine wrong also before I ordered, thankfully it still barely fit. Where do they measure these from anyway? I measured from the outside of the I/O plate to the tip of the cooler, and it was definitely not what the posted spec was.

 

Yeah, and it gets better: I saw three different measurements in three different reviews for the Sapphire Tri-X R9 290. Sigh. I mean, come on! LOL

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I think the MSI R9 290 Gaming is the shortest.
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