Should I Get Reference Or 3th Party 290x?
Written by: OneShootDown - 14:47 Sep-29-2013

Hi guys:

First off, i want to say thank you for everybody who participated in my last blog and helped me to decide which AMD GPU to get.

Back to this blogs topic:

I want you guys to help me decide which R9 290x i should get.
I have two options;

1. Get the reference R9 290x with or without bf4 (i have already preordered bf4 so it doesnt matter)

2. Get the 3'rd party (e.g. Asus, MSI or Gigabyte or such)

My only concern is;
I want my card to stay under 80 degrees Celsius under load with OC'ed frequency. This means: It doesn't matter if it is oc'ed by the vendor (e.g. asus etc) or not. But rather that it needs to stay cool.

I have never used reference cards, so i am not that familiar with how their cooling solution works. But i know that e.g. asus directcu and sapphire vapor coolers etc has tremendous cooling abilities.

BTW. I dont necessarily need to buy this gpu right after the release. Because i am now using a temporary GPU solution (gainward gtx 460 gs oc'ed) and to be honest, it serves me for good. i mean, i can play games on highest settings with good fps, so i am not in a hurry to purchase a new gpu.

Here is a little info about my case and cooling solution:

Cooler Master Haf XB with H100i (push pull config maybe?) blowing fresh air trough the radiator and in to the cabinet. After the air is circulated, it will be blown out trough; one 120mm and two 80mm rear exhaust fans + maybe the PSU. I will maybe also install a 200mm fan on the top panel in the future.
side panels also have air ventilations, so it has plenty intake and exhaust solutions...

another thing to mention:
maybe i will put another R9 290x and xfire them after 3 years or so, so do you think i can get the same card at that time? cuz it wont look so cool if i have two different looking cards...


If you think i should get 3rd party 290x, which brand do you think i should get? and which brand will match my red/black colored Maximus VI Formula motherboard?

Thanks

Should I Get Reference Or 3rd Party 290x?

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15:23 Oct-08-2013

if you plan on getting a 3rd party , get some of the following editions :
asus DirectCU II TOP
asus DirectCU II OC
gigabyte OC
Sapphire OC

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15:30 Oct-08-2013

thanks mate, i will think about it. btw. what is the difference between directcu 2 top and oc?

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15:40 Oct-08-2013

they are both good , but the top version is more stable , better oc and all that stuff . but its also more expensive , and if you dont plan on ocing the oc version would be a better choice .

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16:32 Oct-08-2013

es i will oc it after a year or so, but since it is already a beast, i dont think i need to oc it for at least 8-9 months

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15:10 Oct-01-2013

i doubt that nowaday cards get over 70*C in games.. even with bad coolers on low rpm, get the one that seems to be the most worth, my vote goes for 3rd party

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15:41 Oct-01-2013

A 3rd party cooler would probably go above 70*c if it was either on a stress test, or overclocked, or both

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15:47 Oct-01-2013

my gigabyte hd6750 never went above 62*C in games, the temperature doesn't increase if you lock the voltage, having unlocked voltage on such highend gpu is not necessary if you worry about temperature, 5-10% more oc won't make the difference, of course, i am talking about min 2 fans in the case, i don't expect such beauty to be placed in a case with no fans

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15:57 Oct-01-2013

there will be minimum 5 case fans ;)

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15:59 Oct-01-2013

TBH it's not about how many fans, it's how they're configured, I prefer more exhaust fans than intake, DEFS no side panel fans, those can INCREASE temps. best airflow is rear, front and top

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16:07 Oct-01-2013

3 rear exhaust fans + 2 front intake and maybe a top 200mm fan later will be considered ;) so yeah, basically we both think the same when it comes to case ventilation :P

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16:15 Oct-01-2013

I have two silent front intakes 92mm (1300rpm max) each and one back silent outtake 140mm (1000rpm max) on my mini-ITX case, temps of cpu with stock cooler always under 69°C and gfx too :Đ
it's really remarkable how the small mini-ITX case behaves like wind tunnel, hdds are around 30°C btw :Đ

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16:42 Oct-01-2013

I just saw this case it looks awesome, great for fanboyism

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17:06 Oct-01-2013

I'm fine with my Node 304 :Đ

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09:29 Sep-30-2013

3rd party for sure.

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09:18 Sep-30-2013

I just heard that it would be just like the Titan: only reference coolers... Idk why they would do that though...

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18:43 Sep-29-2013

3Rd Party are better I think ;)
They also have their own bonuses like XFX with their overclocked editions of GPUs this year till 31 of December ;D

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18:09 Sep-29-2013

Gigabyte FTW..always the best and most reliable for me..:D

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18:03 Sep-29-2013

I voted Reference, because often manufacturers are given specs limit for cooling solution, and they tend to make cheaper, less effective although often nicer looking card coolers,
so IF reference cooling will be good enough, I see no reason why not go for that one;
for ex. I got reference "titan" cooler version of my GTX770, and although it's one of the most expensive ones, I can overclock it and still not even get close to 79°C default temp limit :Đ

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18:10 Sep-29-2013

well special editions are gonna be overcloacked(or superovercloacked),so you can overcloack even more

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10:46 Sep-30-2013

I tried little OC, about 10% so core freq. a bit over 1200MHz and temps didn't even get over 69°C...

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17:21 Sep-29-2013

AMD has said they would do better on the reference cooling because of the sucky cooling on the 7000 series, so it might be a good idea to also take a look at that. Also, they're quite sexy (although not as sexy as the leaked XFX cooler ;)

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17:48 Sep-29-2013

And THAT is why I said to go for XFX...

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19:08 Sep-29-2013

As I've heard, they look nice, but are often noisy... I don't know if that's the case in the new gen

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19:11 Sep-29-2013

I'm not a big fan of XFX. I've had a lot of DOAs from them, sadly... The newer cards might be better, though.

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08:34 Sep-30-2013

XFX cards stay cool and performance is outstanding... Quality of build is also much better than Sapphire, MSI and on par with Asus...

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08:55 Sep-30-2013

ASUS Direct CUII, Gigabyte Windforce 3X are great coolers too :Đ

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18:39 Sep-30-2013

i think that vapor-x and toxic cooling is better than ASUS Direct CUII and windforse and better looking

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16:58 Sep-29-2013

Go for something like an XFX Edition 290X... That would be sweet...

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16:32 Sep-29-2013

Reference is only good for looks (IMO), third party can add better overclockability, better temps etc...

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16:27 Sep-29-2013

I would wait for the DrectCU II version from Asus. It will probably be smaller than the reference card, and the cooling is great. I am probably going to get one (or two...).

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16:59 Sep-29-2013

Your current rig is already a beast... Why not wait till GeForce 800 or R-300 series...?

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17:46 Sep-29-2013

Maybe I should... Well, as long as I can max Watch_Dogs and GTA when they come out, I should wait...

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17:49 Sep-29-2013

You should have no problem with them on max... Just hope for decent optimization...

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17:13 Sep-29-2013

I'd normally go 2 gens ahead, so wait for the next generation (maxwell)

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16:16 Sep-29-2013

third party definitely because of a beter cooling and i would buy then a r9 290x vapor-x edition if it comes out

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16:18 Sep-29-2013

Vapor-x cards are awesome ;)

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16:20 Sep-29-2013

yeah i agree toxic and vapor x editions are the best,awesome rig by the way :)

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16:24 Sep-29-2013

thanks suggestions guys ;)

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16:35 Sep-29-2013

Thank's bro. Let's not talk about your rig tho. And pleasure OneShootDown

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16:07 Sep-29-2013

possibly go for gigabyte their coolers are superior in cooling(not in sound)

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15:27 Sep-29-2013

Get 3rd party. Normally reference works but its not the best.

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15:33 Sep-29-2013

:) thank you

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15:19 Sep-29-2013

Awh.. Man that Maximus VI Formula is a sweet mobo. I love the audio technology that Asus offers in it. I'd go with a non-reference GFX card since they're built well and they also have good cooling solutions as you mentioned. Personally, I'd go with Asus.

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15:33 Sep-29-2013

thanks mate.
btw. dont think i will make use of the onboard audio since i bought g35 headset which has usb rather than 3.5mm jacks...
buw, asus 290x doesnt sound bad. colors will match the motherboards theme too... :)

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15:15 Sep-29-2013

Windforce alway was amazing cooling fans :D

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14:56 Sep-29-2013

It's 3rd as for 'third'
I would get third party card because those almost always have somewhat better cooling.

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14:58 Sep-29-2013

:D
what ever it is... :P
edit
replaced the th with rd. btw. i really appreciate that you do correct my grammar ;)

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