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well if the 290x reference hsf is as horrible as you guys say it will go back on craigslist, I'm not spending $70+ just for a cooler, I can take the the $225+ from the card and $70 from a cooler and buy something else. Been seeing GTX 980 going for less than $400.... although that's a crazy amount to spend on a video card when I don't feel I game a lot.

Maybe I'll just stick with the 280x if the 290x is really that horrible.
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$300 tops for a 4GB card.
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$300 tops for a 4GB card.

it's not easy to find a card over 4gb for under $300. Closest I found is the R9 390 with 8gb for $318

why is over 4gb needed? Over 4gb would only be useful at 4K, and these cards don't do 4K well unless you crossfire them.
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$300 tops for a 4GB card.

I just hate spending a ton of money on video cards, because today's $600 video card is next year's $200 video card.

For example this 290x I bought was a $550 video card October 2013 but in October 2015 I bought it for $225 and I'm seeing them on Amazon for $230 too

only reason i'm bothering to upgrade is because it takes a lot of GPU power to run three 1080p displays
post #35 of 64
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stock 290x


post #36 of 64
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280x stock



290x stock



from 36.7 to 51.6 is a 40% improvement. That's huge.
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280x stock tomb raider ultimate 5760x1080 eyefinity = 23.7 fps average




290x stock tomb raider ultimate 5760x1080 eyefinity = 46.4 fps = 95% improvement drool.gif



might have to run tomb raider again tomorrow, that's unbelievable.
post #38 of 64
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As for noise....


there's no noise.

Even on furmark, the GPU got to 94 C and the fan stopped at 46%

you guys had me all worried about noise and there is none. rolleyes.gif It's no louder than the stock Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo that's in the case now.
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I just hate spending a ton of money on video cards, because today's $600 video card is next year's $200 video card.

For example this 290x I bought was a $550 video card October 2013 but in October 2015 I bought it for $225 and I'm seeing them on Amazon for $230 too

only reason i'm bothering to upgrade is because it takes a lot of GPU power to run three 1080p displays

same here. bought my first 290 at launch along with a block for around $500. a year later i bought another but used for $250 with a block. but, we've been using our cards this long. maybe another two years.redface.gif

my 290s are still a tad faster than the fastest single gpu.

but, if i am to buy a gpu today . . . it will be with more vram or a card that can manage vram use efficiently.
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same here. bought my first 290 at launch along with a block for around $500. a year later i bought another used for $250 with a block. but, we've been using our cards this long. maybe another two years.redface.gif

my 290s are still a tad faster than the fastest single gpu.

I'll probably pick up another 290x when this one isn't enough, but so far it's almost twice as fast as the 280x so that might be awhile.
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