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AMD 290 heat and noise - how bad is it?

I want one of these.. no, TWO of these. I want them BAAAAADLY.

But I am concerned about the heat and the noise. How bad is it? What do I have to do to keep it cool and quiet? I don't know how to watercool and I certainly don't know how to replace the cooler.

How bad is it? I know the popular consensus is waiting for aftermarkets, but man, that could take forever...

And on that note, how bad is the 290X?
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  1. Just wait. Keep in mind the aftermarket 290's will be faster too.
  2. They are a disaster atm without brand cooling systems.
  3. Wait for the aftermarket coolers from Asus or Sapphire or Gigabyte or whatever.

    THEN make a decision.
  4. ice-note said:
    I know the popular consensus is waiting for aftermarkets, but man, that could take forever...


    I've heard from several sources that aftermarket models are due out by the end of November.
  5. *sigh* You guys drive a hard bargain. I guess I'll just suck it up...
  6. ice-note said:
    *sigh* You guys drive a hard bargain. I guess I'll just suck it up...


    let me add - do thorough research on microstutter if you intend to get dual cards (whether amd or nvidia). i hear bad bad things about multi-gpu setups.
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    sancco said:
    ice-note said:
    *sigh* You guys drive a hard bargain. I guess I'll just suck it up...


    let me add - do thorough research on microstutter if you intend to get dual cards (whether amd or nvidia). i hear bad bad things about multi-gpu setups.


    Where have you been. Not a problem at all with Nvidia and AMD has it 90% conquered.
  8. microstutter is 100% resolved in hardware at the 290 and 290x cards. (according to the AMA with amd)
  9. Just watch youtube. The sound of the fans are HORRIBLE! Insanely loud and the heat is rediculous. Wait it out for better coolers. Xfire and sli dont have alot if any problems anymore with the microstutter.
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