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Gigabyte's Radeon R9 290X WindForce Launched

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Yes! Another custom Radeon R9-290X solution.

Gigabyte's custom Radeon R9 290X will soon be hitting the market. Being a custom card, we'd expect it to feature a custom cooler, and this one is said to be the WindForce 3X cooler. The card's retail model name is GV-R929XOC-4GD.

The WindForce 3X cooler is capable of dissipating up to 450 W, and as such it seems Gigabyte has actually clocked the card above reference spec – at 1040 MHz. At this frequency Gigabyte claims that the card will run 15.9 dB quieter than the reference solution in 'Quiet' mode. Surprising? It shouldn't be.

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    vmem , December 11, 2013 3:33 PM
    ahh, these finally begin to show up :D 
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  • 18 Hide
    vmem , December 11, 2013 3:33 PM
    ahh, these finally begin to show up :D 
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    Devoteicon , December 11, 2013 3:41 PM
    Hopefully I can pick one up before the miners clean 'em out.
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    iam2thecrowe , December 11, 2013 3:42 PM
    cant wait to see some benches of how these cards SHOULD have been made.
  • 2 Hide
    ZolaIII , December 11, 2013 3:46 PM
    & in a best form as this will be excellent solution that will not cost much more then stock based ones.
    It will probably be a best market solution!
  • 5 Hide
    Stevemeister , December 11, 2013 3:51 PM
    Instead of "the way its meant to be played" it will be a case of "the way it should have been built"
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    goodguy713 , December 11, 2013 4:03 PM
    yea they also have a 4GB version of the R9 270x coming too. :p 
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    Hando567 , December 11, 2013 4:06 PM
    Am I the only one who dislikes the new I/O panel compared to the old one?

    I always thought a single slot I/O with a full width vent was a cleaner look. I also am a big fan of miniDP and HDMI over DVI or DP.

    Yes I do realize it has an HDMI out, I just with it had only that and 5 miniDP connectors for eyefinity 6 connectivity.
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    photonboy , December 11, 2013 4:37 PM
    Hando567,
    DP1.2 supports up to four 1920x1200 monitors via a single DP connection using either Daisy Chain (supported monitors) or a DP hub.
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    3ogdy , December 11, 2013 4:42 PM
    UPDATE:
    There is also an R9-290 being prepared.
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4884#ov
    http://www.hardware.fr/news/13494/r9-290-290x-windforce-3x-gigabyte.html
    "Ces cartes devraient arriver dans le commerce fin décembre / début janvier à un tarif non précisé."
    "These cards should arrive at the end of December / beginning of January at unspecified prices"

    @Hando567.
    You are partially right but, I use Eyefinity with an active DP->DVI adapter and I don't see why I should get a new adapter with my new card when it actually does the exact same thing. I'm not saying there should be no cards with nothing but miniDP connections, but there DEFINITELY have to be cards with DVI+ full size DPs.

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    9-Ball , December 11, 2013 4:44 PM
    Grrrrr ... no release date info? I have my trigger finger on a Titan (if the price doesn't put me off), a 780 Ti or one of these. I want the world ... I want the whole world ... etc.
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    Morbus , December 11, 2013 5:20 PM
    Forget the Titan. It's super computing, not consumer computing. You'll be paying for precision calculations that are not used in the real world.
  • 8 Hide
    Swordkd , December 11, 2013 5:20 PM
    @ 9-Ball Why would you spend a grand on a Titan when the 780ti outperforms it for 730 dollars or less?
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    Swordkd , December 11, 2013 5:43 PM
    @ 9-Ball Why would you spend a grand on a Titan when the 780ti outperforms it for 730 dollars or less?
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    alextheblue , December 11, 2013 5:44 PM
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    Hopefully I can pick one up before the miners clean 'em out.

    I was under the impression that serious miners went ASIC these days.
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    photonboy , December 11, 2013 6:05 PM
    Some bitminers may invest in ASIC hardware, but many will still get a GCN AMD card especially if they want a practical gaming PC at the same time.

    Bitmining will fail eventually anyway as it's basically a pyramid scheme. At some point the electricity cost alone will be more than any returns.
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    redeemer , December 11, 2013 6:30 PM
    I am so glad I picked up my 290's when I did, the price hike is a shame...damn miners!
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    9-Ball , December 11, 2013 6:33 PM
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    Forget the Titan. It's super computing, not consumer computing. You'll be paying for precision calculations that are not used in the real world.


    Well, I'm looking at 3x 27" 1440p monitors for gaming - that 6GB VRAM is mighty attractive.
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    9-Ball , December 11, 2013 6:34 PM
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    @ 9-Ball Why would you spend a grand on a Titan when the 780ti outperforms it for 730 dollars or less?


    It doesn't outperform it at 1440p with three 27" screens from the benches I've seen. The 6GB VRAM becomes more important. I was considering a single 780Ti but not for all 3 monitors. Am I wrong? Open to hearing why. My plan B is 2x 290x cards but I'm tired of waiting for non-ref cooler versions. Budget isn't too big a concern.
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    epaciga , December 11, 2013 7:11 PM
    Shut up and take my god da*n money!
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    manofchalk , December 11, 2013 7:27 PM
    Quote:
    Instead of "the way its meant to be played" it will be a case of "the way it should have been built"


    Isnt "the way its meant to be played" an Nvidia promotion?
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