Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Goin back to Cali
Reads like some ppl have never done a clock for clock comparison first hand. The 290 will always be slower, even in the best conditions for the 290. For ex. a super gold 290 (1340/1700mhz) will be at least 5% slower than a regular gold 290x (1300/1600mhz). At the same clocks the gap is closer to 10% obviously which is closer to the core % differences.
In respect to single card setups, for the money spent the 290 is the clear budget winner. However when taken to the other extreme in multi gpu setups, what's the difference of (in terms of quads) $400 when one is spending $2000 anyways? Not much and you might as well go for broke anyways since you're already 95% of the way there.
Thus it really depends on what you want. Getting the better things in life always comes with higher cost. And in this respect the 290x is actually not a huge premium when compared in context with the competition.