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2 years ago#21
Gryffindor1 posted...
Nvidia.


Isn't Nvidia really just more for less?

a 770 GTX isn't as powerful.
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2 years ago#22
According to Toms, most manufacturers purchased the boards direct from AMD, so it shouldn't matter which OEM you choose; the're all coming from the same place.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290x-thermal-paste-efficiency,3678.html
2 years ago#23
superdarkshadow posted...
Some of the Powercolor ones can be flashed to a 290X, so that might be worth checking out. There don't seem to be any 290 s with custom coolers out yet, so I guess that doesn't make much difference. You can't really go wrong with Sapphire if you don't plan on trying flashing.


Came in here to say this, dont they have a dual bios? If you wanted to try flashing you couldn't go wrong and brick your card.
2 years ago#24
Only reference models are available. A Sapphire representative actually said something along the line that they didn't manufacture these. They just get shipped from AMD and all they do is slap their stickers on them and put them in the box.
2 years ago#25
I bought an XFX R9 290 from Amazon. I have not had any problems. Get that one.
2 years ago#26
i would hold back for now, just take a look at the amd forums.
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2 years ago#27
xcmon3yx2 posted...
i would hold back for now, just take a look at the amd forums.


A lot of people don't give a crap about playing WoW. Don't shove your idiotic butthurt down other people's throats
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2 years ago#28
I don't trust AMD reference anyway. The only good part is probably the chip and the VRAM. Let the board partners do their homework.
2 years ago#29
MuayThaiJesus posted...
So if I do crank up fan speeds in MSI afterburner, the heat shouldn't be an issue? I could live with the fan at 100%


No, you couldn't. I guarantee it.
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2 years ago#30
Shebeskii posted...
MuayThaiJesus posted...
So if I do crank up fan speeds in MSI afterburner, the heat shouldn't be an issue? I could live with the fan at 100%


No, you couldn't. I guarantee it.


Yeah, 100% fan speed on that is like having a speaker hissing white noise in your room at all times.
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