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AMD Radeon R9 290 @ Hot Hardware
DailyTech's roundup of reviews from around the web for Tuesday

AMD Radeon R9 290
@ Hardware Canucks
@ Hardware Heaven
@ The Tech Report
@ PC Perspective
@ TechSpot
@ Legit Reviews
@ Legion Hardware
@ Hexus
@ Hot Hardware
@ Guru3D
@ OCC
@ TweakTown

Motherboards
Gigabyte Z87 Haswell Motherboard Round-Up @ HotHardware.com
GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H Motherboard @ PC Perspective
ASUS X79 Deluxe @ Vortez
MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard @ PureOverclock
ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula Motherboard @ Madshrimps

Graphics
HIS Radeon R9 290X 4GB in CrossFire Video Card @ TweakTown

Storage
SilverStone EC05 Two Port SATA III PCI Express RAID Card @ TweakTown
Thermaltake MAX-1562 6-in-1 2.5-inch Drive Enclosure @ TweakTown
Toshiba Q Series Pro SSD (256GB) @ The SSD Review
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB RAID 0 SSD Report @ TweakTown
Seagate 600 480GB SSD @ Custom PC Review
Western Digital My Passport Slim (WDBGMT0010BAL) 1 TB Portable Hard Disk Drive @ Tech ARP
Kingston SSDNow E50 Enterprise SSD Review (240GB) @ The SSD Review
SilverStone EP02 SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter @ TweakTown
Samsung 840 EVO 750GB @ PureOverclock
iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA and BPU-124DE-SS HDD Docks @ Pro-Clockers
Toshiba HG5D Series Client 2.5" SSD (512GB) @ Technology X

Enclosures
Cooler Master Cosmos SE @ Guru3D
Aerocool DS Dead Silence Cube Chassis @ eTeknix
Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Computer Case System @ Benchmark Reviews
BitFenix Ronin Mid-Tower Case @ Legit Reviews

Cooling
SilverStone Tundra SST-TD02 All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
Antec KUHLER H2O 650 Liquid CPU Cooler @ NikKTech
SilverStone Tundra TD02 All-in-one (AiO) CPU Cooling System @ Pro-Clockers
Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler @ NikKTech
Thermaltake Massive 14² Notebook Cooler @ Funky Kit
Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile Heatsink @ Frostytech.com

Networking
Asus RT-AC56U and RT-AC68U @ Hexus
TRENDnet AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router @ NikKTech

Peripherals
Genius GX Manticore Gaming Keyboard @ Modders-Inc
Roccat Kone Pure Optical Mouse @ eTeknix
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Gaming Keyboard @ Madshrimps
ASUS Xonar U7 @ Vortez
Steelseries Siberia V2 Heat Orange Headset @ Funky Kit


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RE: GTX 770/780 still winners
By musterfox on 11/6/2013 1:39:47 AM , Rating: 4
Two sites have done quick tests with 3rd party cooling solutions. Tom's tried out an Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III (too expensive but shows the potential) and Techspot took an IceQ X2 cooler off a HIS Radeon R9 280X and stuck it on their R9 290 sample. Here's what they said about the results -

Tom's-
"If anything deserves an award, it’s the Arctic Accelero Xtreme III third-party cooler that lets AMD's Hawaii-based boards realize their potential. This is how the card could, and should, perform. Why AMD persists with its sub-par cooling solution is really anyone’s guess, especially since these problems have been going on for years. Dumping the issue on its partners can’t really be the solution either, since a graphics card’s reputation is made, or lost, on launch day."


Techspot-
"Cooling was dramatically improved. The FurMark stress test maxed out at 76 degrees while the card never exceeded 63 degrees in Crysis 3 and Battlefield 4. So it seems as expected the board partners will be able to solve the heat issues of the reference card."

I think both the R290 and the R290X are going to really shine with 3rd party cooling solutions. The R290 is going to offer extreme VFM that Nvidia is going to find very, very hard to match. The reason that AMD is (allegedly) holding back on letting 3rd party manufacturers release custom R290X solutions is because AMD is waiting to see what the 780Ti brings to the table and then try and beat (or offer better value) that with a custom R290X solution.

As for Nvidia's 780, it might not look tempting even if the price differential between the 780 and the R290 narrows down due to custom cooling solutions on the R290. If anything, custom coolers will allow users to push the R290 even further and put even more pressure on 780 pricing levels.

Its only a matter of time before QUIETER & COOLER 290/290X cards are available at a price point that will force Nvidia to slash pricing yet again on the 780 or risk making it virtually redundant.


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