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post #28001 of 44170 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 07:42 PM
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Hey guys.
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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks guys.

I made the mistake of ordering right before I got your posts, but I've sent a cancellation request.

I've just has so many issues with the GTX780ti since Jan, so I bought the big boy on the block (Classy) and now its got fan issues, on 2 coolers, someone at the eVGA forums sent the theirs and it doesn't click, but the whine is horrible.

I've spent more time RMA GTX780ti cards than actually using them.

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@Sgt Bilko @HoneyBadger84

Thanks guys.

I made the mistake of ordering right before I got your posts, but I've sent a cancellation request.

I've just has so many issues with the GTX780ti since Jan, so I bought the big boy on the block (Classy) and now its got fan issues, on 2 coolers, someone at the eVGA forums sent the theirs and it doesn't click, but the whine is horrible.

I've spent more time RMA GTX780ti cards than actually using them.

No worries, in every other GPu line the DCU II is a good card but not so for Hawaii unfortunately.

The best ones are the Vapor-X and the Lightning but they carry a price premuim.

Other than them the Gigabyte WF3, Sapphire Tri-X, XFX DD and the MSI Gaming are all good cards but it seems it's only the Giga and Asus avaliable through PCCG and Scorptech....plenty of r9 290's around but you'll be happy with the Classy, i hear nothing but good things about them them thumb.gif

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@Sgt Bilko @HoneyBadger84

Thanks guys.

I made the mistake of ordering right before I got your posts, but I've sent a cancellation request.

I've just has so many issues with the GTX780ti since Jan, so I bought the big boy on the block (Classy) and now its got fan issues, on 2 coolers, someone at the eVGA forums sent the theirs and it doesn't click, but the whine is horrible.

I've spent more time RMA GTX780ti cards than actually using them.

not sure what games you are going to play and your budget but for 144Hz you may need more than one highend gpu. but with 2, your cpu might hold them back.

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not sure what games you are going to play and your budget but for 144Hz you may need more than one highend gpu. but with 2, your cpu might hold them back.

2 x R9 290's would be hitting 144hz pretty easy, i ran mine on 1080p with my cpu and was getting good frames in almost all games

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but you'll be happy with the Classy, i hear nothing but good things about them them thumb.gif

I have the Classy now, good performer, 2 crappy coolers in a row with hideously loud fan whine and clicking.
The first one the fan was physically off center and sitting higher on one side, the second whines so loud and at a frequency that hurts your ears.

Not to mention the 2 artifacting Gigabyte cards, 2 Overheating Asus card, and 2 Galaxy's that buzzed loudly, haven't had a good run at all.

So I was looking to go AMD, might be better, sounds like the Asus one has crap cooling like the GTX780ti DCUII...
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not sure what games you are going to play and your budget but for 144Hz you may need more than one highend gpu. but with 2, your cpu might hold them back.

I have to update my rig.
I'm running a 4790k and 16GB ram on a Gigabyte z97x Gaming G1 Black.

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@Sgt Bilko @HoneyBadger84

Thanks guys.

I made the mistake of ordering right before I got your posts, but I've sent a cancellation request.

I've just has so many issues with the GTX780ti since Jan, so I bought the big boy on the block (Classy) and now its got fan issues, on 2 coolers, someone at the eVGA forums sent the theirs and it doesn't click, but the whine is horrible.

I've spent more time RMA GTX780ti cards than actually using them.

I'd ask if you can switch the order to a Gigabyte R9 290X if they'll let you. I've heard that card has some quality control issues like the 780 Ti Classy does, BUT less so since the initial batches sold out, and like I said, the one I had ran cool, quiet & was a decent OCer without anything but the fan being set to 100%, it ran 1150/1550 without breaking a sweat.

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2 x R9 290's would be hitting 144hz pretty easy, i ran mine on 1080p with my cpu and was getting good frames in almost all games

that's what i was going to suggest but these cards get hot on air, especially crossfire.

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I have the Classy now, good performer, 2 crappy coolers in a row with hideously loud fan whine and clicking.
The first one the fan was physically off center and sitting higher on one side, the second whines so loud and at a frequency that hurts your ears.

Not to mention the 2 artifacting Gigabyte cards, 2 Overheating Asus card, and 2 Galaxy's that buzzed loudly, haven't had a good run at all.

So I was looking to go AMD, might be better, sounds like the Asus one has crap cooling like the GTX780ti DCUII...
I have to update my rig.
I'm running a 4790k and 16GB ram on a Gigabyte z97x Gaming G1 Black.

either 2 290 (Tri X) or a single MSI 290X Lightning (best aftermarket cooler if you are really concerned about heat and noise).

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I'd ask if you can switch the order to a Gigabyte R9 290X if they'll let you. I've heard that card has some quality control issues like the 780 Ti Classy does, BUT less so since the initial batches sold out, and like I said, the one I had ran cool, quiet & was a decent OCer without anything but the fan being set to 100%, it ran 1150/1550 without breaking a sweat.

The Giga card is a different store, I still think he'd be better off with CF 290's over a single 290x though, especially at 1080p

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The Giga card is a different store, I still think he'd be better off with CF 290's over a single 290x though, especially at 1080p

Agreed depending on his budget. Heat would be a bit of an issue in CF, but the performance of Crossfired 290s at 1080p is pretty sexy in any game that scales with Crossfire worth a crap, which is quite the majority these days.

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