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R9-280x or R9 290 - New Eyefinity Setup - Recomendations Opinions Anyone?

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May 31, 2014 10:14:05 PM

Hello,
I have a PC that I built Quite a while ago but is still spry. It's a:

core i7-950 3.6 Bloomfield LGA 1366 CPU
Asus P6x58D-E Motherboard
6 gigs of RAM
Seasonic 750 watt PSU
Noctua NH-D14 heat sink

I have an xfx 5970 that has been running 3 Samsung 2333sw 23"LCDs at 5760 X 1080 in Eyefinity quite nicely. But I think an upgrade is overdue so I'm looking for a little future proofing for the "next generation" games and see if I can get better performance with what I we have been playing. I still do some gaming (like Bioshock and Tomb Raider) but the gaming these days is mostly for my kids that are into new shooters, Rust and what ever comes our way.

If the frame rates are too low we have no trouble switching back to single screen but I'm shooting for Eyefinity. I've always been an AMD fanboy because I have a few PC's and I want to stick with one set of drivers for switching cards and troubleshooting. In my recent shopping I have read that SAPPHIRE has some of the best AMD cards around.

So I was reading about the TRI-X OC 100362-2SR Radeon R9 290 4GB @ $434 and the Toxic 100363TXSR Radeon R9 280X 3GB @ $380.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m7L-YAlM2M

And thinking that the TRI-X is very pricy (LOL) and both use a lot of power and I wonder if my 750 watt would handle it with all the hard drives and fans and stuff so I'm looking maybe to something like the 100363L Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-bit for $301 and maybe pick up another a while later for a crossfire configuration. Although I have read that going crossfire has a lot of weird graphic problems.

I'm hoping that whatever I use I wont have to use an active display port adapter anymore. Those things are about $130 so that can be added to what I can spend on a card.

Anyway, any thoughts?
May 31, 2014 10:21:57 PM

for three screens, The R9 290 is what you want, extra 1GB GDDR5 Vram, stronger core and wider memory bus, all factors that will benefit multiple screens running.

The Sapphire Tri-X cooler is excellent, defiantly get that cooled model.

750W is easily enough to power the card, but what PSU is it?
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May 31, 2014 10:27:00 PM

R9 290 tri-x for multiple monitors, and a 750 will handle it easily, if it is a decent quality psu.
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May 31, 2014 10:48:57 PM

great PSU!, you'll have no issue at all powering the R9 290.
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May 31, 2014 11:24:21 PM

Thanks guys, your the best!
But man that's a lot of cash for a card. Well it looks like I can use the display port adapter that I already have. I could far better afford the SAPPHIRE 100363L Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-bi for $310 but I see in it's reviews that there is a bad 2-D screen flicker for a lot of people.
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June 1, 2014 1:51:40 AM

I know, but for triple screens, you defiantly want to invest in the R9 290, the best choice.
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June 1, 2014 3:53:48 PM

Thanks so much guys, I'm just about ready to buy the tri-x but I was posting on the video card forum at the Saffire website and someone told me to be very careful that older Asus motherboard are having great difficulty handling the R9 cards.
Anybody know anything about that?
I have googled the heck out of it and I can't find anything about it.

Thanks
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June 1, 2014 4:45:33 PM

absolutely concur the R9-290 Tri-x, amazing performance, relatively cool (70-75C) and very quiet. Doesn't really take so much power for the performance, idle power is low.

AND......you don't need to buy one of those nasty $50-100 active DP converters as Sapphire flex will allow you to use BOTH DVI and 1 HDMI, unlike AMDs appalling DP requirement.
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