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
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
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