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So i seen for 200$ i windforce r9 290 near me that i can get in person.


But i have no idea if the vrm on these thing will be brand new after that probable amount of mining... or they run at 100c+ ?


They are 1 years old Gigabyte Windforce r9 290 im in canada and it 200$


I have a 7950 dual-x STOCK CANT OVERCLOCK ANYMORE WITH THAT CRAP.........




What you think will they be in perfect shape Capacitor wise and vrm. or almost dead rolleyes.gif




Btw 7950 boost to r9 290 seem like a 50% + upgrade in gpu power i am right?

The 7950 will be retired in a steam Streaming pc and may fold smile.gif

I mainly want to be able to push Supersampling in some game and or msaa

Arma 3 150%-300% cause my 7950 to throttle even at 20%


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Originally Posted by bonami2 View Post

So i seen for 200$ i windforce r9 290 near me that i can get in person.


But i have no idea if the vrm on these thing will be brand new after that probable amount of mining... or they run at 100c+ ?


They are 1 years old Gigabyte Windforce r9 290 im in canada and it 200$


I have a 7950 dual-x STOCK CANT OVERCLOCK ANYMORE WITH THAT CRAP.........




What you think will they be in perfect shape Capacitor wise and vrm. or almost dead rolleyes.gif




Btw 7950 boost to r9 290 seem like a 50% + upgrade in gpu power i am right?

The 7950 will be retired in a steam Streaming pc and may fold smile.gif

I mainly want to be able to push Supersampling in some game and or msaa

Arma 3 150%-300% cause my 7950 to throttle even at 20%


smile.gif

A 290 is about 22% faster than a 7970. So probably about 30-32% faster than a 7950.
 
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Yes it will certainly be an upgrade, be careful with used cards tho, never know what kinda condition they're in, and gotta be extra careful warranty wise smile.gif
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A 290 is about 22% faster than a 7970. So probably about 30-32% faster than a 7950.


Sound like a downgrade. but the r9 290 is always in the back of the 7990 be like 15% stock so overclocked idk

Windforce should overclock for 10% + gain i think


Or i wait for something else i just cant spend 400$ on a 970 to get 15% better performance than a r9 290.


and amd and nvidia seem stuck in the architecture work mad.gif


and intel seem stuck hard that why i got the 4790k smile.gif
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Originally Posted by bonami2 View Post

Sound like a downgrade. but the r9 290 is always in the back of the 7990 be like 15% stock so overclocked idk

Windforce should overclock for 10% + gain i think


Or i wait for something else i just cant spend 400$ on a 970 to get 15% better performance than a r9 290.


and amd and nvidia seem stuck in the architecture work mad.gif

Sorry I don't understand, why do you think it's a downgrade? It's 30%+ faster than your 7950. Windforce card is loud and runs hot though.
 
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If you get the R9 290 you can always unlock it: http://www.overclock.net/t/1443242/the-r9-290-290x-unlock-thread/0_100

AMD should be releasing Fiji at some point so that's something to consider.
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tbh, I wouldn't want to take the risk of flashing a 290 to a 290x for the minimal gains you may or may not achieve, far better to simply overclock in my opinion.

A friend of mine overclocked his core a little bit (can't remember exactly how far) and saw some nice gains in performance. smile.gif
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tbh, I wouldn't want to take the risk of flashing a 290 to a 290x for the minimal gains you may or may not achieve, far better to simply overclock in my opinion.

A friend of mine overclocked his core a little bit (can't remember exactly how far) and saw some nice gains in performance. smile.gif


yea i did overclock and see nice gain with my 7950 but the default bios is so bad that it cause problem even stock so i use the boost bios that run like crap....



Will get the r9 290 biggrin.gif



Loud my h75 and 4 case fan at 100% currently folding@home at 80c 4790k at 80celsius... is not loud to me. Sure my 7950 at 60% fan speed is loud a bit. idk for the r9 290 ? smile.gif
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Sorry I don't understand, why do you think it's a downgrade? It's 30%+ faster than your 7950. Windforce card is loud and runs hot though.


oups i mean sidegrade tongue.gif
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yea i did overclock and see nice gain with my 7950 but the default bios is so bad that it cause problem even stock so i use the boost bios that run like crap....



Will get the r9 290 biggrin.gif



Loud my h75 and 4 case fan at 100% currently folding@home at 80c 4790k at 80celsius... is not loud to me. Sure my 7950 at 60% fan speed is loud a bit. idk for the r9 290 ? smile.gif

Windforce runs really loud because the fans need to be run at high speeds to keep the card cool. It's a poorly designed cooler (as most of the original 290 series coolers were) so you need to run 70%+ fan speed to keep the card in the low 80s. It's near the 50dB range.
 
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