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Which R9 290 card to get?

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  • Which R9 290 card to get?

    Hey guys,

    I'm thinking of building a new PC specifically for gaming, and am thinking of getting a R9 290 for the GPU,
    however I'm wondering which brand exactly should I get?

    Here's the list I'm looking at:
    Choose A Video Card - PCPartPicker Australia

    Also this is the store I'm using since I can get a special price there:

    Which one on that list would be the best bang for the buck? The Sapphire one seems to be the most popular,
    but is it really the best in terms of value/performance ratio? And also low temp heat and great cooling?

    Since I can't seem to find a benchmark comparing all those cards together

    Also on Tom's card suggestion list:
    Best Graphics Cards Between $200-$300 - Enthusiast GPUs

    It says that:
    Make sure you opt for a model with aftermarket cooling though, since the reference model is somewhat loud. Fortunately, Radeon R9 290s equipped with that noisy fan have been replaced by more customized solutions.

    Does it mean the cards on the list are already customized versions with aftermarket cooling? Or do I need to buy a separate cooler?

    Sorry I'm still relatively new to PC building, appreciate any help and recommendations!

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    Re: Which R9 290 card to get?

    The following models use the reference design:
    • XFX R9290AENFC
    • XFX R9-290A-ENBC

    Both of the above cards have a single cooling fan.

    Each of the remaining models in your list uses a custom design that should provide better cooling and be somewhat less noisy.
    You should be able to overclock the custom designed cards higher than any O/C'd reference cards.

    R9 290 Reference Card

    ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S