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ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC 4 GB

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What Warlock said. Every card is different, some will clock well, others wont.

When I step into 4K gaming .....Two of these cards will be more than adequate to do so .......
Speak up! I can't hear you above the noise of (your future) two non blower fans dumping lots of heat into a case and making the inevitable disproportionate rise in acoustical noise to accommodate the extra heat. :D
 

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What Warlock said. Every card is different, some will clock well, others wont.



Speak up! I can't hear you above the noise of (your future) two non blower fans dumping lots of heat into a case and making the inevitable disproportionate rise in acoustical noise to accommodate the extra heat. :D
As I said I replaced two 6970 cards in crossfire that produced both more heat and more noise than this card individually. The addition of a second card (and it's added heat) will still be far quieter than those two 6970 reference cards. My case is an Antec 1200 and it is pretty efficient at dumping air from inside the case to the outside.

To be honest I've never really understood complaints from people of case noise, perhaps it is a matter of accoustics? I don't get it. My computer sits on the carpet by my feet under my desk so I know the carpet dampens the sound somewhat. Maybe the people complaining of loud cards have hardwood flooring or something?
 
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great review
 

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As I said I replaced two 6970 cards in crossfire that produced both more heat and more noise than this card individually. The addition of a second card (and it's added heat) will still be far quieter than those two 6970 reference cards. My case is an Antec 1200 and it is pretty efficient at dumping air from inside the case to the outside.

To be honest I've never really understood complaints from people of case noise, perhaps it is a matter of accoustics? I don't get it. My computer sits on the carpet by my feet under my desk so I know the carpet dampens the sound somewhat. Maybe the people complaining of loud cards have hardwood flooring or something?
That's a possibility!

Acoustics is really in the ear of the listener so every person experiences sound differently.
 
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I built an APU machine with my "old" 7970 for someone recently in a CM Silencio case and it had never seemed so quiet under their desk - much noisier in my HAF-X (which is a very open design and sits higher on the carpet with the wheels on it). I'm sure it would be even louder (and the room in general) on hard flooring.

It's a bit like designing a good room for audio, soft furnishing/panels/carpet to absorb unwanted noise/reflections etc. :)

The "trick" of course is doing that with the PC and still keeping effective heat dissipation. I'm mining on my 290x when not gaming, lowers the gas bill during the winter months (and of course increases the electricity one). "Summer" (Ireland) will be another matter. :)
 
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Figured I should mention that I've OC'ed my card to 1100GPU, 1300 GPU Voltage, 5748 Memory Clock and 125 Power Target. I set the fan to 75% as well and it is barely audible. It ran 6 hours of Far Cry 3 rock stead and my highest Temp was 86C, usually sitting at 85C.

I tried the settings posted in the Hardwarecanucks review and I get artifacting while in game. I'll keep tweaking the numbers and see what I can come up with but I think I'm pretty close to maximum on air.
 
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I've got the MSI 290 Gaming, and its both quiet and the card stays cool, not to mention it came with Hynix memory.

Highly recommend MSI Gaming for both the 290 and the X

You also get 3 years warranty
 
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I agree, it's not ideal. Heat will migrate sideways though and into the pipes on the sides.
Contact on those side pipes is awful though. They should at least sweat some solder in there to help out.
 
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Id hate to have 94'c of heat dumped inside my case... I dont think no amount of airflow will be able to keep the inside of your case fairly cool let alone the nightmare of it when it comes to crossfire unless you live in the north pole or have the AC chill your room to 8-10'c (if thats even possible) - watercooling them is a must.

for single cards though, id rather have a reference cooler so the heat gets dumped outside of the case.
That's not how it works. It doesn't matter if the chip is running 95°C or 65°C. If it's using the same amount of power, it's dumping the same amount of heat into your case. It's just that the cooler is more efficiently removing it from the chip in the 2nd case.
 
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Even though this card draws more power at its maximum, is it because it has higher sustained core speeds than the reference version?
 
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Great review as always. Is there any chance you might review the MSI R9 290X Gaming OC card? I only have the Gaming and Tri-X cards to choose from and you'll be reviewing the Tri-X soon so I'm hoping you get to review the Gaming card also. :)
 

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The MSI 290X Gaming review is almost finished, and the Sapphire Tri-X sample should be arriving early next week
 
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The MSI 290X Gaming review is almost finished, and the Sapphire Tri-X sample should be arriving early next week
Can't wait! :toast:
 
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Why is it so hard to chuck in models from last series so you know if it even makes sense to upgrade? I have a HD7950 and with this test, it tells me absolutelly nothing. Just bunch of fancy numbers. Like anyone with GF 780Ti is going to buy a R9 290X. Pointless. It's those with one generation or two back who are most interested in performance of new series.
 

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hd 7950 is included in all summaries. obviously there needs to be some kind of cutoff, otherwise we'd have 35 cards in each graph
 
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