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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-04-2014, 04:24 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi.

I'm looking for a new GPU and want to know what the real difference is between the two cards. I was looking at the following card; MSI AMD R9 290 GAMING TWIN FROZR IV 4GB. Is this card any good?

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-04-2014, 05:20 AM
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my estimate. 70MHz. add 70 on the 290, then it should be as fast as the 290X.

edit: i think the current msi (non reference) are having issues with oil leaking from the fans. i recommend the sapphire 290 TriX. it is very expensive, though. an alternative is the powercolor pcs+ if it is cheaper.
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Newegg has A xfx r9 290 double d with bf4 for 520usd.
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i would get a 290x, you can get them from 580-600 on amazon which is 50 dollars over msrp, while if you buy a 290 its going to be 500-520, which is 100 over msrp
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R9 290 is IMO a better choice, go for Tri-X, it overclocks like hell and performs hell better than any single GPU on planet EARTH... (excluding an OC'ed kingpin tongue.gif)

For overclocking on stock cooler Tri-X is best, their stock cooler is the best performer and very quiet. I don't know which 290 has hihest OC potential for water-cooled overclocking, else I would personally go for Tri-X (or MSI lightning or Sapphire Toxic or Sapphire Vapor-X if they are ot soon and you can wait for them)

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I have a 290 that unlocked to an X and the difference in Unigine Valley was about 5-6 fps. The X version is also a lot smoother at keeping 60 fps when playing Crysis 3.

People say there isn't much of a difference, and you can just overclock the non X but when you can actually compare the two side by side it is a different story. You are overclocking one card to match another, but that card can overclock as well. Once games are more optimised for these two cards the X will justify it's price premium in the same way the 7970 did. Get the best card you can afford.

I also suggest the Sapphire Tri-X version as well.

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Alike past generations the second fastest card is the best value, a 290 is really good value if you can get a good price.

A 290x has more cores and is clocked a bit faster, but gaming/mining performance isn't really noticeable. (Within 1FPS difference, but that's just the clockspeed basically)

I would get a 290 myself, oh wait I did. biggrin.gif

In response to the reply above, sure in Valley it nets 5-6 FPS more but right now it's not a lot better and not really worth the ~$100 price premium. (It's more here in Australia so I'm more biased..)
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Alike past generations the second fastest card is the best value, a 290 is really good value if you can get a good price.

A 290x has more cores and is clocked a bit faster, but gaming/mining performance isn't really noticeable. (Within 1FPS difference, but that's just the clockspeed basically)

I would get a 290 myself, oh wait I did. biggrin.gif

In response to the reply above, sure in Valley it nets 5-6 FPS more but right now it's not a lot better and not really worth the ~$100 price premium. (It's more here in Australia so I'm more biased..)

At the moment, there's only a £40 difference between the 290 and 290X. The question is, should I spend the extra £40 for the 290X?
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290 all the way - its like the 7970 vs 7950 - 5870 - 5850 battle all over again except, i think amd has given more with the 290 thumb.gif

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No. The difference in performance is few and there are a bit cheaper r9 290 at overclockers uk or amazon uk
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