Meet The Radeon R9-290X

Written by Markus Jacalne on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 9:00 AM

PC gamers, rejoice, for the launch of AMD’s latest single GPU flagship has finally arrived! The AMD Radeon R9-290X was officially first teased back at last month's GPU14 event, but not until now have we known the the full details of what to expect from such a device.

It's immediately apparent that this could be a card that stands head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd. The R9 290X represents an incredible value proposition for gamers, combining top notch performance with incredible build quality. So, let's take a look at what we can expect from AMD's flagship card...

 

Radeon R9 290X Specifications

The Radeon 290X  specs pack in a 1000MHz Core Clock, 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz on a huge 512-bit memory interface, accompanied by a massive collection of 2816 Stream Processors.

It uses a single PCIe X16 slot, one 8-pin and one 6-pin power connector to provide power to the card. The 290X also has two BIOS settings, a physical switch on the card that lets you switch between Quiet Mode and Uber Mode.

Quiet mode caps performance and fan speeds to produce a quieter experience, whereas Uber mode aims for optimal performance, regardless of noise.

However, it may be noted that the difference is minimal between the two modes, often only a difference of a couple of frames per second. Users report that in some instances at lower resolutions, quiet mode outperformed Uber mode by a small margin. But in either preset, we can observe that the 290X is a little to a lot faster than the monstrous GTX 780.

The reference design provides 2 DVI-I connectors, an HDMI port, and one DisplayPort on the mounting bracket. With EyeFinity you can connect 6 displays to a single card, and the R9 series now supports up to 3 HDMI/DVI displays, with the rest being connected via DisplayPort. In order to work the monitors must have the same refresh rate and timings.

GTX 780 vs. R9-290X

For those gaming at 2560x1600 you can’t really go wrong with either card at this point, as both average around 60FPS with all but two titles; Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3. The 290X takes the lead in these two nonetheless, more specifically the 290X is notably faster than the GTX 780, with the exception of Grid 2, where the difference is too miniscule to be notable.

Now let's view the difference between the two juggernaut cards using the 3dMark Fire Strike benchmarking tools.

We can see that in synthetic benchmarks the 290X also outperforms the GTX 780, now this isn’t particularly notable, as synthetic benchmarks do not exactly translate into real world performance in many cases.

AMD has also released a 4K benchmark so we can see how AMD’s focus on 4K has developed

We can see that nearly every game ran at a comfortable 30FPS or better on Ultra quality, with the exception of the system melting Crysis 3.

Peripherals and Features


The Radeon R9 290X features a revamped OverDrive system in which you can increase the clock through percentages rather than  actual clock speed, but the most notable addition is undoubtedly the heat map. Stating the maximum fan speeds and target temperatures, the heat map helps you overclock and obtain the balance between added performance and added heat.

However, on the subject of heat, the card runs at a less than stellar 95 degrees Celsius (203 degrees Fahrenheit). However, AMD has claimed that the card can run at this high temperature safely throughout the card's lifetime, and there is no technical reason to reduce the temperature (with the exception of factory OC’d cards.) AMD has stated those who wish to keep the temperature down should invest in an aftermarket cooler, not exactly the greatest customer service for pre-order customers but nevertheless...

Multi-GPU enthusiasts can bid a fond farewell to CrossFire bridges, since you can run two cards in CFX simply by installing them to the motherboard.

Audiophiles, will be happy to see that True Audio Technology will be included with the R9-290X, this technology lets programmers use Tensilica HiFi EP Audio DSP to process audio without utilizing the processor, it removes the possibility of the CPU bottlenecking the sound processing.

ZeroCore Power makes a reappearance, powering down the GPU when idle; the driver monitors tasks and display content to determine whether or not the GPU needs to process changes on-screen.

As well as this of course the upcoming Mantle API will be implemented in all GCN cards; this update will roll out in December giving a “pedal to the metal experience”.

So GD’ers, are you excited for the launch of AMD’s latest flagship?

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17:02 Oct-28-2013

Dat cooler(780 one is better)

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18:00 Oct-28-2013

Titan cooler is best... Take a look at tzzsmk's GTX 770...

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18:04 Oct-28-2013

I think the 780, 770 and Titan have the same kind

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18:24 Oct-28-2013

Indeed

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20:49 Oct-28-2013

yup, nVidia reference coolers are same for GTX770, GTX780 and GTX Titan :)

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12:26 Oct-30-2013

the gtx 780 and titan uses the same cooler, and you can get some gtx 770 with the titan cooler. the 780 ti will as well.

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21:43 Oct-27-2013

I read that stock reference cooling of R9 290X is not usable for common user, as the temps are too damn high, so I really not recommend buying stock R9 290X :/
and looking at the latest picture, yay I'm so happy my GTX770 has that same nVidia titan-style cooler :3

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21:49 Oct-27-2013

I read that AMD has stated that the high temps are not an issue as they are its designed operating temps.

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22:26 Oct-27-2013

a marketing fable so the customers will not be scared;
I get around 75°C on my 1306.5MHz (20%) OCed GTX770 so I really don't understand why AMD heats up 20°C more :P

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22:30 Oct-27-2013

I am not sure I agree with that statement, surely AMD wouldn't lie as to damage their now recovering/growing reputation, there have been plenty of hot cards in the past that ran just fine, GTX 460 and above in the 400 series, HD 68xx and above in the HD 6000 series.

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22:32 Oct-27-2013

Let's not forget to mention Kepler has proven to be a generally cooler operation as a whole, than GCN, but allow me to reiterate that just cause it runs hotter doesn't mean it isn't safe.

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09:06 Oct-28-2013

I guess at 95°C the chip won't burn, but it's just not a friendly temperature anyway, I know my lappy i7-3630QM with 105°C safe limit topped around 95°C, but it just gets really hot and without doubts does shorten the lifespan of the hardware...

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09:48 Oct-28-2013

Thats mostly becasue it is packed on lot smaller chip, which means everthing is lot closer in chip together and heat is spreading lot slower than on kepler chip

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16:54 Oct-28-2013

but on the other hand my GTX770 with Titan cooler (older GTX680 architecture) doesn't heat even when overclocked at 1306.5MHz (20%) most likely because smaller chip with same cooling gets cooled better :Đ

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16:56 Oct-28-2013

we all know you love your card :)

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16:57 Oct-28-2013

:3

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16:58 Oct-28-2013

He was working hard to afford it so why not?
now kiss it :-)

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17:01 Oct-28-2013

@Zil heh I guess I could as gpu has only 34°C now, but I have too much mess around PC case to open it :P

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16:58 Oct-28-2013

The 290x is designed to run at 95C, so even watercooled it will run at that (assuming you've allowed it to) because it will OC itself up to that temp (ofc, there are other factors such as stability and stuff, but just to keep it simple, it will OC as long as you've upped all the sliders enough until it hits a stable 95C)

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17:02 Oct-28-2013

so they introduced same thing as nVidia with latest series? if so then user should be able to drag temp limit slider (both "more" or "less") same as I can with my GTX770 :Đ

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17:03 Oct-28-2013

which is awesome. it is one of the few cards where better cooling actually means better performance.

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17:04 Oct-28-2013

I was so impressed when Nvidia revelead that Kepler Boost tech

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17:05 Oct-28-2013

@ taz yeah indeed, you can just say 30C max and it'll clock down to 300MHz and run at 100% fan all the time :P

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17:08 Oct-28-2013

what ?? LOL, when I say 30°C max the fan will go at 26% as it does now (when idle, 135MHz auto-underclock) and depending on my custom fan curve I wonder how loud would it actually be as it would still try to get at least 1085MHz - and no I won't try it, but would be interesting indeed :Đ

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17:14 Oct-28-2013

the AMD cards have a min clock of 300MHz, and that is in low performance mode. once they get to that clock they start shutting down ComputeUnits (AMDs equivalent of SMXs) rather than lowering the clock. that is what AMDs ZeroCore tech does.

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17:25 Oct-28-2013

ZeroCore is actually shutting virtually everything about the gpu down when the screen is off (long idle). My 5970 has a min clock of 157 MHz, and it runs at that all the time when I'm just browsing etc, with one of the two gpus shut down.
@taz I was just kidding ;)

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17:33 Oct-28-2013

mine has a min clock of 300 when completely idle, I was mostly speaking about the newest gen.
as far as I know, zerocore also shuts down parts of the GPU while it is in the low performance mode.

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12:18 Oct-30-2013

If the temperature is really that much of a problem, It's better to wait for an ASUS ROG 290x CF on a single PCB with cryogenic liquid cooling which ought to be 13 % faster than a 790 ( history repeats itself ). If it were to reach 95 degrees on a good custom AIB cooler, The clocks would have to go up to 1100 or even higher, effectively screwing the titan and assuming the chips are good enough to be clocked that high.

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15:34 Oct-30-2013

790?

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15:37 Oct-31-2013

yeah, like a 780 SLI on a single PCB ( like the 690 and the 7990). Replace all the terms with the previous gen tech and you'll get the picture.

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15:58 Oct-31-2013

I know what a 790 would be but it's not confirmed nor even rumored.

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17:02 Oct-31-2013

all we think we know is that it will be 2 GK110s on a single PCB. what configuration those chips would have is unknown, it could be 2 780, 2 780 tis or 2 titans.

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11:21 Nov-01-2013

That would just be inside in power draw and heat output...

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02:20 Oct-27-2013

Dat price of the 280x.... dem benchmarks... wholly mackeral gentlemen

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05:41 Oct-27-2013

290x :P and probably the card I'm getting. xD

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06:43 Oct-27-2013

Why go from a GTX 780 to a 290X...? That is like going to an i5-3570K from an FX-6300 - it will be a waste of cash...

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06:50 Oct-27-2013

agree, total waste, just overclock your card a little

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06:50 Oct-27-2013

agreed, the cards are too similar in performance to be worth upgrading from one to the other.
it would be much more worth it to get a new monitor and an SSD.

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06:52 Oct-27-2013

I agree with the suggestions of TjPjMusic...

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08:25 Oct-27-2013

I think the rig on his profile is a tentative one, one he plans to buy in the future. So he is planning to shift from the earlier decided 780 to the 290x

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08:44 Oct-27-2013

If that is not his current rig and he plans to buy 290X instead of the 780, then that is a wise decision... But he still needs a good PSU and well ventilated case for the hot running 290X...

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08:46 Oct-27-2013

yup
IDK how AMD is claimning that 95 C wont shorten lifetime or affect performance of the card

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08:51 Oct-27-2013

It's possible. For example, I have been running my i3 330m at 85-90 degrees for a long time and it works just fine. The same should apply to GPU's as well. And, did you know that silicon is a unique metalloid whose resistance decreases with increase in temperature, so the voltage would increase according to V=IR

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20:33 Oct-27-2013

@Mukulgupta I assume you do not remember the GTX 400 series, the GTX 480 ran at 100C perfectly safe.

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15:39 Oct-28-2013

AMD claimed the 4xxx series to be temp safe, but still a lot of my relatives with those cards eventually burned them out

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15:53 Oct-28-2013

all cards eventually burn out, some faster than others.

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08:48 Oct-27-2013

He would have to get a water cooled setup or wait for the custom aib coolers unless he wants to hold a barbecue everyday.

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08:49 Oct-27-2013

We wont see the custom coolers before 2014, and the stock cooler doesnt look too effective.

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08:55 Oct-27-2013

@ Mukulgupta Yeah, I know. Also, read my earlier post.

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09:10 Oct-27-2013

A PSU will deliver a constant power under certain load, so the Voltage will remain nearly same as the current will then fall, since P=VI has to be constant. The temp wont really help out in anyway. Lets assume the temp is high and thus the R of the silicon is high as well, if voltage increases from V=IR, the power dissipated by the silicon will then increase by P=V^2/R, and it will heat up more, which will damage the silicon after a certain point.

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11:35 Oct-27-2013

But AMD does say that it can tolerate it. I think we can trust them on this because AMD processors are always clocked higher and much hotter but with a long lifetime. But still, I am a little disappointed. An OEM 9500gt I owned never ran higher than 60 degrees with a 50% overclock. Also, is it just me, or is everybody good at electricity?

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11:41 Oct-27-2013

yup, 95 c does seem a lot. And yes, a lot of the guys here are techies or work in the IT industry or something something or the other about computer, so a lot of them know about electical stuff :P

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09:28 Oct-27-2013

Well they said dont worry about 100C+ tempratures on HD4870 and my friend had it one year and it melted :-D
But if he plan to buy gtx780 thats nothing light either, it consumes almost same power in gaming and running 80C+, so they are beasts and they both need good airflow in case

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16:24 Oct-27-2013

To Clear things up, I dont have the GTX 780 yet people lol. Why would I go from a 780 to a 290x? Thats pointless and I don't plan on getting the Reference for the 290x if I get it next year.

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16:38 Oct-27-2013

Don't get the reference 290X indeed. This cards performance does rely quite heavily on the cooling (temps), so get an aftermarket cooled one. It will still run on 95C though, unless you specify that you don't want it to.

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16:44 Oct-27-2013

agreed,
with a better cooler it won't need to clock down as much. on the reference card I believe that you get as much as a 5% increase in performance just from letting the card go up to 55% fan instead of 40% fan by putting it in uber mode so I would expect aftermarket cards to not only perform better (even ones not factory OCed) but also to overclock better and be quieter.

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01:02 Oct-27-2013

So, when I buy a gfx next year should I get a Evga GTX 780 FTW Edition or 290x?
Edit: Forgot to mention I will be getting a 1080P 144Hz monitor so don't bother with the res atm xD

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01:05 Oct-27-2013

R9 290x, unless Nvidia does something amazing with the GTX 780 Ti.

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01:09 Oct-27-2013

I totally forgot about the 780 Ti.

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08:15 Oct-27-2013

It's a 1080p monitor, the 290x or 780 are both overkill for that resolution.

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16:25 Oct-27-2013

Well, I don't plan on getting 3 monitors xD

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19:52 Oct-26-2013

Why compare it with the 780? I thought it was supposed to be compared with the titan. Isn't the plain 290 supposed to be more like the 780?

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19:55 Oct-26-2013

it's priced to compete with the 780 while offering performance superior to the titan

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19:59 Oct-26-2013

Oh nice, that makes sense. I'm definitely going to get a 290 or 290x next year if they drop the prices the same way they are right now with the 7XXX series. It'll be my first desktop I've built since 2004. :D

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20:06 Oct-26-2013

2004 was good year for computers :-D

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20:06 Oct-26-2013

I don't expect to see that many price drops on the R-200 series as there were on the 7000 series.

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20:18 Oct-26-2013

I doubt any price drops will happen, maybe £10 or £20 but nothing more any time soon. Wait until the non-reference cards are released until you go to buy one.

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19:34 Oct-26-2013

Well its seems to play Crisis 3 in 4K quite well :P

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19:42 Oct-26-2013

3.25 is pretty good. they don't turn down AA for those tests.

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16:40 Oct-26-2013

What ever happened to benchmarking cards in 1080p :(

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16:50 Oct-26-2013

1080p is more for the gtx 770/280x, the 290x and gtx 780/titan has so much VRAM and it's just more for the higher resolutions

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17:02 Oct-26-2013

yeah, R9-290X was specifically for 4K res, thats why it has a high Vram, mem bandwith and pixel fill rate.

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16:22 Oct-26-2013

heh, i think the reference card is kinda useful. you can use it to play games and as a plus side it will keep the room temp down during winter!

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18:31 Oct-26-2013

that's what my computer does in my dorm room. no need for a space heater, just turn on the computer :)

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14:37 Oct-26-2013

OK three things:
1. Both are extremely sexy looking but the 290x more so...
2. Why does it say GTX 780 news instead of R9-290x news...?
3. Why does best CPU match say an i7 hexacore when even an i5-4670K or FX-8320 should be enough...?
Someone please answer me...

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15:11 Oct-26-2013

FX-8350 can run without problem 7970 quad crossfire and haswell i5 have even higher score in 3d mark which means they can run this cards without problem

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16:25 Oct-26-2013

2.Both 780 and 290x are tagged, but I guess the alphabetically lower tag is given preference, so the news is for 780.
3. IDK

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16:31 Oct-26-2013

because if you had enough money for a 290x, you probably have enough money for an LGA 2011 PC.

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16:34 Oct-26-2013

what if i robbed a bank but only got the 550 bucks needed for a 290x? what then? :P

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16:40 Oct-26-2013

You only have a laptop, you need a desktop PC to put the graphics card in ;D
Anyway a 4670k/fx 8320-50 would be nice paired with the 290x, the LGA 2011 CPU doesn't even offer a huge boost in performance. those are more for video editing and other CPU heavy tasks.

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16:40 Oct-26-2013

LOL, nice one XD

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17:02 Oct-26-2013

Mukulgupta - robbing a bank is a very serious crime and is in practice treated on par with things like sexual assault and attempted murder... Better cut out the money middleman and rob a computer hardware store and steal the 290x itself...

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17:48 Oct-26-2013

nice idea. i'll do just that

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18:32 Oct-26-2013

I dont see point to own pc for gaming with LGA 2011, also I dont agree to "if you had enough money for a 290x, you probably have enough money for an LGA 2011 PC" because thats 450-500 euro card with 500-900 euro cpu and 200+ euro mobo
If I have cpu that can handle that card for 150 euro and 70 euro mobo why to bother with more fps that is beyond your eye can process?

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18:53 Oct-26-2013

I think you all are missing the main question.... Did he just call that card sexy x)

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18:57 Oct-26-2013

the 290x stock cooler does look pretty damn awesome. My top sexiest graphics cards are the Asus Ares 2, the sapphire toxic 280x, the Matrix Platinum 7970/280x, and the stock 280x/290x

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18:59 Oct-26-2013

Yes... Yes I did call it that... And Zilincan is right... You could build a rig with a 290x and still keep the price tag somewhat reasonable if you go for an FX octacore or an Ivy or Haswell i5 (FX octacores and i5s have similar price range)...

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19:03 Oct-26-2013

@ mydreamrigmaza
My top sexiest GPUs:
1. That R9-290X (is it reference?)
2. XFX Edition HD 7850 2 GB GDDR5
3. tzzsmk's GTX 770 wih Titan Cooler
4. GTX 670 MSI Twin Frozr
5. Asus Ares II
6. Galaxy GeForce GTX 760

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19:09 Oct-26-2013

the XFX DD cooler looks pretty awesome doesn't it.
the Sapphire R9-280X Toxic looks pretty awesome as well.
I still think the 6990 looks pretty awesome.

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19:41 Oct-26-2013

forgot xfx, they make the sexiest coolers

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20:22 Oct-26-2013

BEST cooler was this
fan from ati becasue everybody called that cooler
batmobile
hahaha

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20:26 Oct-26-2013

I forgot
this front of card :-D

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14:36 Oct-26-2013

I think the main feature that we should check out is the scalability of the new crossfire system, without the bridges, and see if it scales to near double performance, whilst retaining constant FPS, and not horrible drops like the older version of Crossfire,

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21:03 Oct-26-2013

R9-290X in Crossfire give almost exactly double the performance: http://videocardz.com/46990/amd-radeon-r9-290x-crossfire-performance-leaks

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21:08 Oct-26-2013

according to the tomshardware benchmarks of 290X CF that is not yet the case.
hopefully drivers will get it to that point though.
as it stands a titan SLI rig beats a 290X CF rig even where a 290X beats a Titan.

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21:11 Oct-26-2013

Can you link me to those benchmarks please, the ones I've seen of CF 290X vs 780 SLI, the 290X cards win in every benchmark.

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21:15 Oct-26-2013

they can be found here
keep in mind that they were done at absolutely extreme resolutions greater than 4k (7680x1440)

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21:21 Oct-26-2013

Oh, so they were done at absurd resolutions so the extra 2GB of VRAM on the Titan would prove useful.

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21:22 Oct-26-2013

ya, but they are the only resolutions were having 2 290Xs are useful.

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21:45 Oct-26-2013

In all fairness the 290X could stand to have partner in 4KHD as it stands the most demanding of games, average 30 FPS, and those whom game at 4K would likely want that full 60FPS (let's be honest here anyone who shells out THAT much for 4k, would like to have at least 60FPS)

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21:48 Oct-26-2013

Exactly, if you spend £2500 on a monitor with the intent of playing games then you're probably looking for a decent gaming experience at 60+ fps.

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08:20 Oct-27-2013

That would take a Quad SLI/CFX configuration or something.
On Crysis 3, even that wont be enough. The settings would have to go down.

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06:44 Oct-28-2013

Yeah Crysis 3 runs at around 30 FPS on my rig @5760x1080 (which is roughly 2 million pixels less than 4K) :D

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07:02 Oct-28-2013

are you running it with 4X MSAA though?

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07:11 Oct-30-2013

Of course not :D

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15:40 Oct-31-2013

On high or Ultra ( impossible )?

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10:39 Nov-06-2013

Everything else at max ;)

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14:13 Oct-26-2013

now clock that 780 up to the same speed as the 290x and it will be a different story comparing a stock 780 vs a stock 290x is not exactly fair. the 290x comes stock at 1000mhz the 780 at 800mhz the average 780 can go all the way up to 1150mhz average some even further(like mine @ 1.28ghz)
when it comes to gaming at 1920x1080 or lower REAL benchmarks put the 780 on par or slightly ahead of the 290x at 1440/1600p they are still relatively even. at higher resolutions the 290x will pull ahead due to its faster bus and more VRAM but how many gamers are using this resolution really.

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14:22 Oct-26-2013

anyone would know that you don't compare two pieces of hardware simply by clock speeds. also the gtx 780 has turbo boost and better cooling, so the gtx 780 may actually be higher clocked than the 290x when gaming. also the 290x is aimed at higher res gamers, that's why it has 4gb VRAM. if you wanna game at 1080p, a gtx 770 or a 280x would be appropriate.

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14:24 Oct-26-2013

This is quite fair because these are the clocks 780's come with by default and those are the clocks 290x's come with. Also, the 290 x trades blows with the titan, forget the 780. It's not nice to play favorites just because you own that card. The 290x even comes with a 30% smaller die size than the 780 and titan but still manages to beat them. The 290x also dynamically underclocks when the temps get higher. It actually runs around 850 MHz only.

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14:25 Oct-26-2013

If you don't believe me, check the web for benchmarks. I got these stats from several reputable websites. Do a Google search and you will find out.

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13:53 Oct-26-2013

I love the performance of this card but i just got a gtx760 so im gonna wait for amd next gen card hopefully it runs cooler and better perf than 290x, im not a fanboy of either i had card from both company but always looking for best perf for my wallet. and good going amd coming back for the crown !

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13:34 Oct-26-2013

Nice! AMD fans will like this card!

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13:33 Oct-26-2013

This card runs at 95c on load? And AMD thinks that is safe!? I'm going to pass on this one. It's way too hot.

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13:35 Oct-26-2013

just wait for the Asus/gigabyte/MSI graphics cards.

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13:45 Oct-26-2013

They have already been released, WITH THE STOCK COOLER!!! AMD has restricted custom coolers for now. But, it'll probably be out by the start of 2014. :'(

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13:52 Oct-26-2013

I know, but Asus said you can see an asus cooler in a couple of months.

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13:59 Oct-26-2013

A COUPLE OF MONTHS!!!! yes, I feel like screaming. The 780 ti is going to be rushed and AMD had to go ahead and restrict custom coolers on a card that runs at 95 degrees celsius. Not everybody wants to get a custom LN2 or water cooling setup. Most people just want to insert the card and start playing.

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17:29 Oct-26-2013

about that, i don't understand that policy, why would they restrict custom coolers? did it do bad?

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13:47 Oct-26-2013

If you think that's too hot just adjust the slider

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21:02 Oct-26-2013

I think they meant safe to cook with it XD... + killing two birds with one stone since you'd be using all that extra heat to cook!

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13:16 Oct-26-2013

With 95c temp on load, is it way too hot for a computer? Come on, we can boil water with that temp :D And 1 thing that I'm worry about, are the other components will be fine with 95c temp? If AMD says "the card can run at this high temperature safely throughout the card's lifetime", so how about the Mobo, CPU and anything in the case? will it be melt or what?

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13:21 Oct-26-2013

Since it's a blower card, it wouldn't effect the other components, it would just get out the back.

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13:27 Oct-26-2013

Okay, but will it transfer the hot from the PCB? I think the hot of the GPU still can reach anything on the case...

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13:45 Oct-26-2013

If that happens you just need some exhaust in your case.

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12:38 Oct-26-2013

that's it then, i'll keep supporting AMD by using it's gpu products, that way hopefully there'll be bigger chance for more cheaper pc gaming with great experience on later years *too late for the cpu, got an intel mobo.. seriously, cheaper with equal sometimes better experience than the expensive ones, i'm all for that baby..

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11:47 Oct-26-2013

asus ares 3?

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10:58 Oct-26-2013

crysis 3 is really hard when you want to play on ultra... and the r9 290x looks really long!!

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13:43 Oct-26-2013

3 FPS is as good as a slideshow. There are other benchmarks which show that in very high( not ultra ), the card can manage 19 FPS at 4K and a playable 37-38 something FPS in 1440p. It's on par with a titan for 450 $ less, an awesome bargain once the custom coolers come, which will be by 2014. :'(

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15:14 Oct-26-2013

Custom coolers in 2014? You know that from where?

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10:56 Oct-26-2013

Do you all know that this card requires a 750W PSU? :D

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11:08 Oct-26-2013

Good to know, I can't wait to get my hands on a non-reference cooled one! :D

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12:12 Oct-26-2013

I have a 750W PSU.
I can use it :D
Now I just need a new CPU for the card... lol

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12:15 Oct-26-2013

Your PSU if 80 Plus Bronze though so its effectively just over 600W.

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12:45 Oct-26-2013

His PSU is fine. The Bronze certification means that if his system requires 200w, the PSU will pull around 250w from the wall to achieve that 200w. The 80 Plus certification has nothing to do with PSU's max power output.

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18:58 Oct-26-2013

Actually the 80 Plus certifications show how efficient the PSU is. At 100% load an 80 Plus Bronze PSU will only deliver 81% of it's maximum power so if it's 750W at 100% load it will deliver just over 600W to the system. It is most efficient at 50% load where it delivers 85% of its rated power.

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00:15 Oct-27-2013

Yes, 80 Plus certification signifies the efficiency of a PSU but not the quality. You misunderstood what I'm saying. A 750w Bronze certified (we'll use 80%) PSU, provided that its a continuous rated spec, CAN deliver its full 750w. Example, in case the entire system does require the full 750w then it's gonna pull around 940w from the wall to achieve that 750w (80% of 940w = roughly 750w).

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12:46 Oct-26-2013

I bet a LGA 2011 system OCd with the 290x will take around 500w-600w, mostly the TDP are wrong.

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14:31 Oct-26-2013

I believe the card requires a very high 12V rail amperage, thus the 750W requirement.

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14:31 Oct-26-2013

Also, the card is known to heat a lot, meaning tons of heat dissipation plus max fan speed. Hue TDP.

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10:20 Oct-26-2013

Hold on, let me get my microscope..

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10:25 Oct-26-2013

you do that

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10:30 Oct-26-2013

Just saying, the pictures are too small.

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10:33 Oct-26-2013

and i agree with that, cant see the damn fpses. I was just trying to sound cocky :P

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