Originally Posted by infranoia
That's too bad; 290X is every bit the workhorse that my 5850's were, and it has even more longevity than they did. Power / heat were only an issue with the stock cooler; that critique disappears with any other vendor.
The stock configuration matters to me, even if the correct choice is to get someone else's cooler. It is a way of transmitting design intent, the sense of what a product is supposed to do and how it is supposed to behave. The 5870 and the 290X are vastly far apart on this. I do not doubt that the 290X is a solid card, but it had a number of major weaknesses that I found very troubling during my shopping period.
The other half of my decision was made due to variable refresh. G-Sync was the only game in town at the time, still is significantly superior in performance and implementation, has a much more appealing set of displays that I had to pick from, and in my opinion is likely to continue as an investment purchase for several years.
5870 was a no-brainer purchase. Nothing else on either side came even remotely close to how phenomenal the product was. 290X vs 780/780Ti was already tilting away from the 290X. G-Sync pushed me over the edge.
I want more products like the 5870. Guess what the last one is that I saw? GTX 970.