Originally Posted by schoolofmonkey
I'm thinking about picking a ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC 4GB up, they are on special here for $629AU.
After having a really crappy run with Nvidia card I'm thinking of switching.
Monitor setup is Benq [email protected]
I do have a evga GTX780ti, but its going back for RMA again so was going to get the AMD instead.
You think I would notice any visible frame or performance loss?
How are the real would temps on these card (not on a test bench..lol), I will be putting it in a Enthoo Primo.
Any other issues like coil whine etc.
I would caution against getting the D CUII coolered R9 290X. From what I've heard from user-based feedback, as well as some reviews, that cooler is absolute trash on that card compared to some others (Sapphire's coolers, Gigabyte's WindForce). The CUII brand went from being one of the better coolers out there to being pretty meh over the past few iterations of it, not to mention I think it's just simply not capable of handling the R9 290X's heat output very well without a redesign.
Couple of reviews state that card runs in to the mid 80sC with the stock fan profile... that's pretty crazy IMO with that supposedly Uber of an aftermarket cooler. When I left the Gigabyte WindForce card I had on it's default fan profile, it didn't pass 81C even in Unigine Valley loops, and it capped itself out in the 50% fan range which was inaudible.
That'd be the other aspect of bad the D CUII cooler supposedly has. It's noisy.
I haven't owned one myself, so all of that is based off what I've read in reviews & heard from other people... but it was enough to make me not bother getting one when I had a few opportunities to. If you can, try to find a Sapphire Tri-X or a Gigabyte WindForce card. I think you'll be much happier with either one, if you can find them at relatively the same price.