AMD Radeon R9 290 Video Card Review @ [H]

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  1. Digital Viper-X-

    Digital Viper-X- [H]ardForum Junkie

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    hmm, a Custom cooled 290 is in my future, Unless the 780 takes another nose dive, I don't really have an interest in the games offered. I wish they had 2 versions, $450 with no games $500 with games or something like that.
     
  2. WorldExclusive

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    lol I know what you mean. I'll be going back to AMD back when I had the 6950.
     
  3. cannondale06

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    you have to be kidding lol. Even a card half the price of the 290 would be a massive performance increase over what you have.
     
  4. NeonFlak

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    So Hardocp didn't have any issues with the noise or did I just miss that in the review? I'm seeing other reviewers (namely Anandtech) hating on the noise this thing produces. Is it really that loud?
     
  5. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett HardOCP Chef Editor Staff Member

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    Not much to talk about.

     
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    That's good to hear cause my ears are [H]ard.
     
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    Literally just picked up a 770 4gb..... for the love of :mad:
     
  8. WinSomeLoseNone

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    Same here. Debating returning it and getting a Ref 290 right now.

    Only the Sapphire is in stock at this point and my 770 4GB arrives tomorrow...

    This is killing me.
     
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    Came here to see where are the "AMD is dying hurr durr" guys. Not here, I guess.

    Awesome review!
     
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  12. Kyle_Bennett

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    This sounds exactly like an NDA meeting I was in last week. The fan was referred to multiple times as "jet engine" etc., but all performance comparisons shown were with the card in Quiet Mode. Funny stuff when you are reaching for straws.
     
  13. Digital Viper-X-

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    Additionally, Guru3D did a CFX test with 290s, the noise level was only 4 db higher than Titan / 780 SLI.

    is 44DB really THAT loud? I mean I have a projector and i hear it over anything in my computer.
     
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    Nvidia showing off the 780 ti with the 290x in quiet mode? I heard about that :D
     
  15. ///AMG

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    Wow just wow. $400 for the 290 that matches or slightly beats the 780. AMD is really on a roll, at least their GPU department is.
     
  16. polonyc2

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    another impressive card from AMD...better then the 290x all things considered...I'm glad to see AMD really take it to Nvidia and not play it safe...a $450 price for the 290 would have been a nice, safe price point but AMD really wants to hammer Nvidia to the ground and this shows that they are serious about dominating for a long time

    I'm dying to see some Mantle benchmarks which will form the final piece for me...right now it looks like there is a non-reference 290 card in my future
     
  17. Ihaveworms

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    Pretty amazing. I was shooting for the r290x, but after seeing this, I am saving my money and going with the r290. Just ordered the XFX one from amazon :D.
     
  18. polonyc2

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    AnandTech really went overboard in their negative review of the 290 based solely on the noise level...even PcPer complained about the noise...they are smart enough to know that non-reference cards will make a big difference
     
  19. SpeedyVV

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    God damn it! How am I supposed to stay a NVIDIA fanboai with a price performance like this?

    Hopping for a 780ti from heaven to save the day.
     
  20. x3sphere

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    With the rumored pricing the 780 Ti @ $699 is going to make them look even worse.

    Still I think the 780 is not in that bad of a spot. I wouldn't get the 770 as it stands (4GB SKU in particular is now pointless). 780 has better cooling and right now comes with games worth around $60 total so it's not exactly a rip off...
     
  21. Ihaveworms

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    Does battlefield 4 come with r290 or is that just a r290x thing?
     
  22. Kyle_Bennett

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    $699 is verified publicly by NVIDIA.....unless NVIDIA changes it.
     
  23. SpeedyVV

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    My main concern is what performance we get for that price.
     
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    Awesome review guys; the 290 seems like an awesome deal!
     
  25. bemeseed

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    Just a quick question. I ordered a pair of these to replace my 670 sli, and I wanted to know if I will have any problems connecting the three lg tv's I use as displays. With the nvidia cards I was able to use the hdmi out on the second card, but I have to connect everything on the first card with the radeons? Or have they changed that at all?
     
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    The leak on videocardz was pretty weak once you cut through to the details. NV tried to claim around 30% vs. "silent mode" but videocardz had sources saying it was 20% vs. silent mode, and that was in around 13% or so compared to uber mode. Regardless, it seems weak for $700 imo. The 290x beats the 780 by that much in uber mode for a mere $50 premium.
     
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    I dunno. I'm sure the 780ti can overclock just like the 780 can, and with that into account - let's say the 780ti is 15% better than Titan at stock - Then, overclocking with an aftermarket shroud will easily add another 10%. We'll know for sure in a couple of days, but with that price I do think NV is extremely confident in the 780ti being a clear single GPU winner without any doubts. I expect that to be the result. I would estimate 15%-20% better than Titan at stock, minimum. That would put it well ahead of the 290X as well.

    This doesn't really affect the 290X since it is in a different price bracket - and you can get 2 770s or 2 290s for the price of a 780ti or thereabouts.
     
  28. polonyc2

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    when can we expect to see some non-reference cards hit the market?...late November too soon?
     
  29. josephclemente

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    This review came just in time for me. Price/performance looks great. I went ahead and ordered a 780 GTX though since I need something that consumes less power, is quieter and fits in an SG05 mini ITX case.
     
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    Can't wait to see some eyefinity numbers on this thing. I've been waiting for a good single card solution to replace my 6970s.
     
  31. cannondale06

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    only if you look at stock performance numbers and nothing else. the 780 looks quite over overpriced but that 100 bucks gets you WAY better noise, heat and power consumption levels plus 3 really good games. oc both cards and the 780 is faster too at 2560 and below while the power consumption gap only grows larger. not to mention all the oced 780 cards are already faster than the 290x out of the box and still have more oc headroom left while again using way less power.

    so if the 3 games, better temps, better performance when both oced or if already its a 780 oced model, better noise, and better power consumption mean less than saving 100 bucks then by all means the 290 is great.
     
  32. trungracingdev

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    Had the 290 series not come out, the 780gtx will still be $649 and you guys would gladly pay it. Now the 290 just came out at $400, the 780 might drop its price even more.
     
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    Yea...I have been on team Nvidia more than team AMD...but cannondale is taking this fanboy thing to a whole other level. The 290 is a beast of a card.
     
  34. cannondale06

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    lol "you guys"? did I buy a 780 for 650 bucks? um no and hardly anyone here thought 650 bucks for the 780 was worth it.
     
  35. cannondale06

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    lol another ignorant assumption. I recommend AMD cards all the time. I am simply saying why 100 bucks more for the 780 might be worth it for some.
     
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    These new AMD cards look amazing but I really wanted to see better multi screen idle power consumption. Since most review sites don't even list these I assume I am in the huge minority.
     
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    that are reviews out there. Amd cards will use more power at idle than their nivida counter parts, with the screens on. With the screens off the Amd cards will consume less power.

    [H] tests idle wattage with the monitors on. The difference though is only a few watts less than 10.
     
  38. risqu3

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    and for $50 more the 290x is worth it. see what i did there?
     
  39. trungracingdev

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    He'll if I know how much you paid for yours. Even your sig says 660ti.. You can say whatever you like, only you know if it's the truth or not. If you bought your 780gtx for $500 then grats. You can thank amd for making nvidia lower their price. Now that the 290 is out, nvidia will be pressured to lower its price yet again, so will $500 be a good price then?
     
  40. cannondale06

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    and the 680 came out and made the 7970 go down in price but that's what happens. again all I was saying is that $100 savings may not be worth it when all that other stuff is factored in. the 290 is not a card that everyone will find acceptable when it comes to power consumption, heat and noise. and the 3 games may also help in the overall decision for some. so its not just cut and dry just because the 290x is as fast as the 780 for 100 bucks cheaper.