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ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:06 am

Calling a tie would be favoring GTX 780Ti in my opinion, never the less we all knew what 290X was capable of once given a good cooling solution and this review just proves the same.
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:04 am

Jigar wrote:Calling a tie would be favoring GTX 780Ti in my opinion, never the less we all knew what 290X was capable of once given a good cooling solution and this review just proves the same.


Note sure: the 780ti is slower is many games, and cost $160 more.

Once Mantle is out the 290x might be untouchable. Also this chip got true audio DSP HW as a bonus... the 290x seem more future proof.
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:37 am

sschaem wrote:
Jigar wrote:Calling a tie would be favoring GTX 780Ti in my opinion, never the less we all knew what 290X was capable of once given a good cooling solution and this review just proves the same.


Note sure: the 780ti is slower is many games, and cost $160 more.

Once Mantle is out the 290x might be untouchable. Also this chip got true audio DSP HW as a bonus... the 290x seem more future proof.


That's what i meant but i was being generous to GTX 780Ti
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:28 am

Don't forget about G-Sync. We don't now if AMD will implement it soon. It looks like a amazing piece of technology.
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:41 am

Jon1984 wrote:Don't forget about G-Sync. We don't now if AMD will implement it soon. It looks like a amazing piece of technology.


I am looking forward to it, G-sync does promise what all gamers need. I am kind off Sad though that Nvidia has always followed close group approach.
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:49 am

The same card was also reviewed at Guru3D:
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/as ... iew,1.html
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:56 am

Gsync and Shadowplay have me wanting to stay with the green team as a gamer. Being able to record matches without the performance drop FRAPS would incur in games that do not have demo recording (Battlefield, for example) is a godsend.

But the 290 with custom coolers will offer quite a good value proposition and I have been tempted to get one more than once.

I think that it's definitely time for NV to cut the price on 780 and 780ti considering the performance the new, shiny, better-cooled 290X and 290 offerings.
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:46 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:The same card was also reviewed at Guru3D:

I'd like to draw attention to Temps. (Asus 290X is 17C cooler than reference while at roughly +17% clockspeed.)

I would also compare noise, but I dont think Guru's noise measurements are accurate for the reference 290X. 43dBA?....don't think so. TR and Anand were averaging 50dBA on their reference cards (54dBA in Uber mode). Because of that, I hesitate to trust Guru's 40dBA on the Asus even though I am fully confident that Asus' cooler is super quiet. At least we'll hear from a trustworthy source soon.
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:00 pm

DPete27 wrote:I would also compare noise, but I dont think Guru's noise measurements are accurate for the reference 290X. 43dBA?....don't think so. TR and Anand were averaging 50dBA on their reference cards (54dBA in Uber mode). Because of that, I hesitate to trust Guru's 40dBA on the Asus even though I am fully confident that Asus' cooler is super quiet. At least we'll hear from a trustworthy source soon.


Different setups and methodology, so no point in comparing.

Also, TR measured the 290X at 47.8/50.9, not 50/54 as you state.
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:16 pm

Not sure if anyone mentioned, but the sound of the ref 290X is actually more pleasant than the previous generations as well. (The sound "quality" is always subjective, but I've seen a couple other people agree on this one.)
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:20 pm

Yeats wrote:Also, TR measured the 290X at 47.8/50.9, not 50/54 as you state.

DPete27 wrote: TR and Anand were averaging 50dBA on their reference cards

I bolded the key word for you. I know that different setups produce different levels of noise, that's why I took an average.
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Re: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Reviewed

Postposted on Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:07 pm

sschaem wrote:
Jigar wrote:Calling a tie would be favoring GTX 780Ti in my opinion, never the less we all knew what 290X was capable of once given a good cooling solution and this review just proves the same.


Note sure: the 780ti is slower is many games, and cost $160 more.

Once Mantle is out the 290x might be untouchable. Also this chip got true audio DSP HW as a bonus... the 290x seem more future proof.


Actually, the 780ti is $130 more because the DirectCU card is $569. Also, proclamation on mantle's greatness should really only be touted when the Battlefield 4 mantle patch is out. That way the benefits can finally be shown (or not).
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