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Asus vs. MSI - custom 290X

#1snkboiPosted 12/21/2013 1:04:44 AM(edited)
ASUS Radeon R9-290X DirectCU II
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_r9_290x_directcuii_oc_review,2.html

MSI Radeon R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S OC
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/msi-r9-290x-twinfrozr-4s-oc,25428.html

MSI Radeon R9-290X Lightning
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/msi-radeon-r9-290x-lightning-pcb,25257.html


very hard to decide :/
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#2YOeastonYOPosted 12/21/2013 1:03:32 AM
If you want build quality, go Asus.
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#3PyrotechnixxxPosted 12/21/2013 1:08:18 AM
While I'm traditionally an MSI fan, that DCUII cooler (and the backplate) looks much better than the new TF offering. The real question is, which one runs cooler and quieter?
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#4Bazooka_PenguinPosted 12/21/2013 1:42:35 AM
The DirectCU II is a mediocre cooler. It's the same one that ASUS used on the 780 and the 7970 IIRC.

If anything I'd wait for the other manufacturers to finish showing off their custom coolers.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/64694-asus-r9-290x-directcu-ii-oc-review-10.html
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#5MannerHatcheryPosted 12/21/2013 2:10:53 AM
Bazooka_Penguin posted...
The DirectCU II is a mediocre cooler. It's the same one that ASUS used on the 780 and the 7970 IIRC.

If anything I'd wait for the other manufacturers to finish showing off their custom coolers.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/64694-asus-r9-290x-directcu-ii-oc-review-10.html


Looks good to me, it's ~12 dB and 16 degrees under the reference cooler comparing uber mode to performance mode.

Even though the R9 290Xís core is one of the hottest running ever created, the DirectCU II heatsink has no problems keeping temperatures in check.

ASUSí R9 290X DirectCU II is an amazingly quiet card in both Silent and Performance modes. The Performance Mode in particular is impressive since it achieves noise levels that are nearly impossible to hear over typical system sounds without sacrificing one iota of performance.

I mean, it still gets as hot as reference on silent mode, but it's apparently still quiet on performance mode so I don't see why you would need to bother with silent.
#6sonicteam2k1Posted 12/21/2013 2:15:47 AM
when are these damn cards coming out!!! I need one badly!
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#7Flaktrooper123Posted 12/21/2013 2:32:48 AM
Asus has better build quality I think

MSI Gaming < Asus DCII < MSI Lightning
#8snkboi(Topic Creator)Posted 12/21/2013 7:17:13 AM
Bazooka_Penguin posted...
The DirectCU II is a mediocre cooler. It's the same one that ASUS used on the 780 and the 7970 IIRC.

If anything I'd wait for the other manufacturers to finish showing off their custom coolers.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/64694-asus-r9-290x-directcu-ii-oc-review-10.html


i know sapphire has the tri cooler but its the reference pcb design
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i think it's nice