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Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 4GB GDDR5 TRI-X OC vs PowerColor r9 290X OC

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June 16, 2014 7:22:46 AM

Third question here. It is said that the Vapor-X R9 290 4GB GDDR5 TRI-X OC performs better than the regular R9 290X. I would like to double check that as that is more expensive than the PowerColor 290X OC. Thanks in advance!
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June 16, 2014 7:35:17 AM

Is the PowerColor the reference one or their own cooler? If it's the reference one then go for the Vapor-X.
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June 16, 2014 7:38:35 AM

what's the difference? I don't really know about reference or those. This is my first time building.
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June 16, 2014 8:01:03 AM

If they are both OC'd to the same level, the 290X will be about 10% faster than the 290. However, if the 290X is a reference cooler (only has 1 fan, look at the image Leemon posted) go with the Tri-x 290. Can you post links to the cards you are interested in? What are the prices?
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June 16, 2014 8:04:13 AM

its the reference one, so should I go for the vapor-x 290? Also, I would need a min.750W supply right?
i7-4770
Vapor-X R9 290 Tri-X OC
ASUS Z97-K
1TB hDD
24x DVD Writer
8GB 1866MHz RAM
Thanks!
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June 16, 2014 8:12:07 AM

Yes I would go for the Tri-x 290 over a reference 290x. The recommended PSU for those cards is a 750W, although I run my 290X on a 650W.
Are you building a new computer or upgrading?
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June 16, 2014 9:50:48 AM

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June 16, 2014 5:33:27 PM

If the 290X is the reference then go for the Tri-X 290. You'll be able to overclock it to 290X levels anyway :)  A 650W PSU will be plenty for a 290 but if 750W will give you peace of mind then buy that. Have fun with the 290, it's a good card!
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