Bleh, forum ate my post, but saw the tech report review and then later the other reviews. Looks like 400 bucks for the 290, which makes it The Card to Get, period.
Techpowerup Review said:Idle noise levels are ok, but a few less dBs in that state would be nice since many productivity users prefer a quiet system for work.
As soon as you play any games on the card, though, the experience becomes extremely noisy. The card's noise will overpower any other component and possibly your game's audio; that is, unless you play with headphones or increase the volume.
Wow, that is actually pretty impressive pricing.
Not sure I'd go THAT far since the GTX 780 with non-reference coolers can be had at 499 or less, plus around $75 worth of games after fees to sell, but it's very strong pricing for sure. It does have one major drawback as well which is fan noise... http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/R9_290/images/fannoise_load.gif .
Since the v8 driver improved performance by as much as 13%, I wonder what it would do to a 290X. Damn I dont know what to do I sure dont want to shell out $180 for "some" small boost
Killer card for $399.99.
If I didn't own a 290X I would be all over this card right now before they sell out or the prices gets jacked up.
Something tells me that driver didn't really improve performance. From what it seems, all it did was raise the fan speed while stabilizing the cards clocks (no throttling).
Brett debunked this.
Canceled my order for the 290x and got a 290. Seeing as to how I already have BF4, I dont really see a reason to pay $180 more for a 290x. I will eventually Crossfire them which will last for a very very long time.
This comparison is so wrong on so many levels. Wow........
You want true performance there are trade offs?
People are complaing how many watts it pulls from the wall. Never heard a drag racer or road racer ever complain how much gas it takes to drive.
Alot of people are becoming little whiny !/&!# about video cards these days. It runs tooo hot. The fan is too loud. It sucks too much power. It costs tooo much.
Honestly its not even a big deal or that loud. If your expecting near silent operation then you shouldnt be looking at flagship cards