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Hey all,

I'm looking into getting an R9 290X. I'm debating between these three brands, and have heard good and bad about both. I am familiar with XFX, have had a few of their cards. As far as ASUS and MSI goes, I have an MSI motherboard now and have heard that both of their customer support is terrible. I have also heard that the MSI 290X will not let you use normal catalyst drivers? I do not believe this to be true but I thought I would throw it out there.

So do any of you run these brands? thoughts, opinions?

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I have OEM MSI, XFX, and sapphire 290


The MSI oc's the most and XFX are not known for their customer service or build quality.

i've had :

MSI 7950 x 2 and a 290 and all have been great cards and clockers.

Asus make great boards and I"m sure cards but have never owned one

XFX i've had a 5770 but their cards are known for burning down and bad customer service.
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I personally love my XFX DD r9 270x. Stays cool and quiet. XFX hasn't given me any problems. As long as it's not reference any choice should do you well.
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Well, for warranty, regardless of how bad you have thrashed on the card, go with XFX.....
Asus normally makes a nice product, but when they have issues (like with the 280x mad.gif) they are very slow and hassling...

I have used MSI for mobo RMA before.... nothing stellar, but they made the exchange accordingly.

I base this only on warranty because outside of that, it's about a draw.....
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Power-wise they seem about the same. XFX is the only one that doesn't fit the build color scheme (black, red, white accents), but I'm willing to make an exception for it as I have loved every XFX card I have owned. Eventually this will be liquid cooled however.

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The xfx on the r9 290 os a good card.some MSI have leaking oil and asus isnt good with keeping your cards cool/stable

For the r9 290 I would get the Powercolor Pcs+,Xfx DD,club3d royalace,some sapphire trix or vapox(but these sapphire comes with bugs)
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I think it's really good to see how far Powercolor has come... all the PCS+ products that have come out since the 79** series have been pretty highly touted.
I remember when you didn't get powercolor unless it was the only thing available, or the only one you could afford....
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I have OEM MSI, XFX, and sapphire 290


The MSI oc's the most and XFX are not known for their customer service or build quality.

i've had :

MSI 7950 x 2 and a 290 and all have been great cards and clockers.

Asus make great boards and I"m sure cards but have never owned one

XFX i've had a 5770 but their cards are known for burning down and bad customer service.

How well does the MSI do stock and oc'd? What do you have it set at? I had read a lot of reviews complaining about that card. Any issues with amd ccc? Also, are you using the stock cooler? Temps?

OEM as in reference card?
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Yes the reference cards and it works fine with CCC

When I used to mine it would mine at 1050 core 24/7 when the rest had to be kept under 1000
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Yes the reference cards and it works fine with CCC

When I used to mine it would mine at 1050 core 24/7 when the rest had to be kept under 1000

Great thanks biggrin.gif step in the right direction. I'm not looking at reference cards but it all helps.

Is there some benefit to reference cards over the custom ones I might now know?
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