Originally Posted by Megaman_90
I know this! Which is why I may lean towards the 380 anyway, its a bit cooler and quieter.
The "X" just means its overclocked a bit right? Meaning I can pretty much do they same thing with overdrive right?
The X version has more core (shaders). Is about 3-4% faster just because of that (if both have same frequency). The 290X is clocked a bit higher by default. Every 100MHz or so you gain a 3-4% speed. So a 290 at 1100MHz should match a 290X 1000MHz.
I bought a used R9 290 for ~114 USD. It had a broken fan (hence the low price). I have an accelero xtreme GPU cooler that I use for all my GPU. It is the best investment ever... It fixes every card (even nvidia) high temperature. The model I have is a R9 290 windforce. The stock cooler is ok if you are not overclocking. If you overclock, it might get a bit noisy but it is far from being as worst as the reference one (with the single fan).
For now, the R9 290 will be a considerable leap for you. It is nicely priced now and I wouldn't get anything else than that. I play GTA 5, Witcher 3, etc. at very high on 1200p. FPS are not at 60 all the time but I don't feel any lag (I start to feel lag when fps hit about 35).Edited by Just a nickname - 1/29/16 at 4:17pm