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People keep saying that Asus cut corners with that Strix edition and used the same cooler as 980ti without tailoring it to 390s. But still it's better to look for user reviews at Newegg and Amazon, or wait here to someone with Asus Strix 390 to share some insights.

Isn't that what happened with the Direct CU II cooler on the 290? Silly Asus. rolleyes.gif I have heard that the Gigabyte coolers aren't as amazing on the 290 and 390 as some other cards as well though.

I would put in a vote for a Nitro 390 or a Tri-X 290 (it was that or the Vapor-X... something with 3 fans lol) of some sort. I think @Themisseble has some good points, although I haven't really heard much of a benefit for the 8GB over 4. I believe the Power Color cards have had done well in the cooling department as well, although the Newegg reviews always seem low on them, which is of course, the most reputable source tongue.gif. I honestly feel like there is just a lot of fanboy-ism and then some people get unlucky and get a DOA, don't handle it well, and join the fanboy. "Never buying from [company] again, product should work!" and whatnot. I say buy what floats your boat.
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ok sorry to cut in like that..

just want to let everyone knows some updates about my friend trying desperately to sell off his GTX 970 yesterday...Please note I'm quite neutral between the 2 camps. But after what I went through, I think I need to let people know.

Please read my story below:

I was from Team Red. I envied Team Green's efficient architecture and bought a palit gtx 970 card and got horrible coil whine. RMA two times and they told me these are the 'latest batches' as Palit has changed component vendors. I don't buy what they say and did not risk a 3rd time. I went through a very frustrating time RMaing, changing PSUs, frame limiting, overvolting, v-syncing, you name it to get a cure for coil whine. The curse wouldn't go away until I got enlightened from above.

I swapped for a sapphire nitro R390 and never looked back. That Beast has ZERO coil whine. Runs cooler than antartica and you cant hear anything. Its eerily quiet. The 390s of today are a far cry from the hellish heaty loud R290 reference of yesterdays.

People buy R390s now for the silence and coolness, plus an extra 8GB doesn't hurt. My friend is trying to sell his GTX 970 now but he says no one wants to buy his card. He experiences unpleasant stutters when playing shadow of mordor in a multi monitor setup and he fears the worst if upcoming games keep exceeding the 3.5gb.

He IS AN NVIDIA FANBOY and he ADMITTED that HE IS TRYING DESPERATELY to SELL OFF HIS GTX 970 and get onto team Red this time.

Now hes planning to just ditch the GTX 970 aside and get a sapphire R390x 8gb just to play shadow of mordor smoothly.

Team Red AMD really nailed it with Shadow of Mordor this time.

I'm glad I stayed with Team Red this time...
post #33 of 36
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Isn't that what happened with the Direct CU II cooler on the 290? Silly Asus. rolleyes.gif I have heard that the Gigabyte coolers aren't as amazing on the 290 and 390 as some other cards as well though.

Yeah, Direct CUII coolers were also bad performers but looks like Asus didn't learn their lesson with the new one as well.
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Ok, so, when it comes to R9 390, in summary:

- Sapphire - coolest temps, best cooling, 2 year warranty
- ASUS Strix - not so good cooling, temperature problems.
- Gigabyte - messy and loud and hot
- MSI = ?

It seems that Sapphire is the most recommended one.
It also has the best reviews on Newegg when it comes to the R9 390.

I think the MSI comes closest, on second place - when it comes to reviews.

Do you have any other tips related to MSI R9 390? Is that a good contender - or is Sapphire the only good cooling solution for the R9 390?
How does MSI stand when it comes to cooling or other potential card quirks (locked voltage, bios issues, freeze-ups, ports, quality etc., loudness)? Any thoughts, suggestions, please?
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Ok, so, when it comes to R9 390, in summary:

- Sapphire - coolest temps, best cooling, 2 year warranty
- ASUS Strix - not so good cooling, temperature problems.
- Gigabyte - messy and loud and hot
- MSI = ?

It seems that Sapphire is the most recommended one.
It also has the best reviews on Newegg when it comes to the R9 390.

I think the MSI comes closest, on second place - when it comes to reviews.

Do you have any other tips related to MSI R9 390? Is that a good contender - or is Sapphire the only good cooling solution for the R9 390?
How does MSI stand when it comes to cooling or other potential card quirks (locked voltage, bios issues, freeze-ups, ports, quality etc., loudness)? Any thoughts, suggestions, please?

There isn't really a dramatic difference between Sapphire and MSI 390s I believe. I would go for the cheapest.
post #36 of 36

The Sapphire Tri-X is whisper quiet if you keep the case airflow in check. I say go for it.

   
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