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XFX Radeon R9 290, 290X Have Double Dissipation Coolers

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XFX shows custom R9 290 series graphics cards.

XFX is joining the crowd with its custom Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards by releasing the Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation and Radeon R9 290X Double Dissipation cards. They carry the model numbers R9-290A-EDFD and  R9-290X-EDFD, respectively.

The graphics cards feature a non-reference PCB as well as a non-reference cooler. The cooler is the most noteworthy part, as it is designed to make the cards run considerably quieter and cooler. Reported numbers are 32 dB under load (vs 57 dB for the reference design) and idle noise levels between only 15 and 20 dB. Also, the 'XFX' text on the cooler is said to light up for those who want some extra bling.

The cards' clock speeds remain at reference clocks, meaning that the R9 290 will have a GPU clock speed of 947 MHz, and the R9 290X will run at 1000 MHz. Both cards will feature a 5.0 GHz effective memory clock speed.

XFX intends for the cards to have street prices identical to that of the reference models.

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    burkhartmj , December 30, 2013 8:28 AM
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    It's shocking how many AMDrones are quick to excuse AMD for their heat and sound issues, but still attempt to bring up the 400 series as a way to attatck nvidia.


    Dude, literally no one did that here. Why are you trying to start a flame war in this thread for absolutely no reason?

    And do we really need MORE derogatory nicknames for people who like stuff more than other stuff?
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    burkhartmj , December 30, 2013 8:06 AM
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    I can honestly say, I have absolutely no idea what all the fuss is about over the reference r9 290 cooler. At idle, I can't hear it above ambient room noise (quite a quiet apt,) and at full tilt 50%, it barely even bothers me at all.


    I've similarly never been convinced or bothered by the sound measurements in situations like these. What bothers me about the reference design is the performance bottleneck caused by the lack of efficiency in the cooler. That's something that just can't be ignored from Tom's review of the reference 290 and 290X. A card shouldn't have to clock down from stock speeds to keep from overheating. That's why all of these major manufacturers keep changing both the cooler and the PCB layout, because the reference doesn't seem to be well designed. I mean, XFX designed a completely custom card with a custom cooler, and it's running at stock and supposed to be sold at reference prices? That screams to me that they were just aiming to fix the card with this custom model, not make any kind of premium or OC model.
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    osamabinrobot , December 30, 2013 7:34 AM
    hopefully they'll actually be available at msrp or below at some point in the near future, unlike the rest of the r9 series.
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    Barantos1 , December 30, 2013 7:45 AM
    Yeah AMD really needs to increase production and put the price back to where it was. By increasing the price, they have slowed a lot of the momentum they got from putting out the R9 cards.
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    Steveymoo , December 30, 2013 7:55 AM
    I can honestly say, I have absolutely no idea what all the fuss is about over the reference r9 290 cooler. At idle, I can't hear it above ambient room noise (quite a quiet apt,) and at full tilt 50%, it barely even bothers me at all.
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    David Dewis , December 30, 2013 7:57 AM
    Desperate for these non reference cards to come out and prices to drop. I have christmas money just sitting waiting to be spent
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    osamabinrobot , December 30, 2013 8:00 AM
    same
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    burkhartmj , December 30, 2013 8:06 AM
    Quote:
    I can honestly say, I have absolutely no idea what all the fuss is about over the reference r9 290 cooler. At idle, I can't hear it above ambient room noise (quite a quiet apt,) and at full tilt 50%, it barely even bothers me at all.


    I've similarly never been convinced or bothered by the sound measurements in situations like these. What bothers me about the reference design is the performance bottleneck caused by the lack of efficiency in the cooler. That's something that just can't be ignored from Tom's review of the reference 290 and 290X. A card shouldn't have to clock down from stock speeds to keep from overheating. That's why all of these major manufacturers keep changing both the cooler and the PCB layout, because the reference doesn't seem to be well designed. I mean, XFX designed a completely custom card with a custom cooler, and it's running at stock and supposed to be sold at reference prices? That screams to me that they were just aiming to fix the card with this custom model, not make any kind of premium or OC model.
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    jasonpwns , December 30, 2013 8:12 AM
    It's shocking how many AMDrones are quick to excuse AMD for their heat and sound issues, but still attempt to bring up the 400 series as a way to attatck nvidia.
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    burkhartmj , December 30, 2013 8:28 AM
    Quote:
    It's shocking how many AMDrones are quick to excuse AMD for their heat and sound issues, but still attempt to bring up the 400 series as a way to attatck nvidia.


    Dude, literally no one did that here. Why are you trying to start a flame war in this thread for absolutely no reason?

    And do we really need MORE derogatory nicknames for people who like stuff more than other stuff?
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    SkateZilla , December 30, 2013 8:54 AM
    Prices Identical to Reference Models Before or After -Coin Mining explosion? lol
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    rohitbaran , December 30, 2013 9:02 AM
    I would like to see benchmarks of these custom R9 290 and 290X cards, to know how they compare to the press version performance Toms posted earlier and whether they are consistent.
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    Broc Kelley , December 30, 2013 9:29 AM
    Release it, and release it at $500, or I'll get a windoforce 780 R2.0 and call it a day.
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    incarceration , December 30, 2013 10:20 AM
    $500? Try normal MSRP of $399\$549
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    Broc Kelley , December 30, 2013 12:17 PM
    With past GPUs in mind, it's not worth the price...and it's sure to go up even more once bitcoiner's start buying them..
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    redeemer , December 30, 2013 1:04 PM
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    It's shocking how many AMDrones are quick to excuse AMD for their heat and sound issues, but still attempt to bring up the 400 series as a way to attatck nvidia.


    Go away please
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    jimmysmitty , December 30, 2013 1:13 PM
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    $500? Try normal MSRP of $399\$549


    He wants the R9 290X for $500. I would not understand why anyone would want to pay $500 for a R9 290 when its MSRP is $400.

    The Lite Coiners kind of suck in the respect since my HD7970 is still worth $450-500 when it should at best be $300.
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    Broc Kelley , December 30, 2013 1:29 PM
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    Quote:
    $500? Try normal MSRP of $399\$549


    He wants the R9 290X for $500. I would not understand why anyone would want to pay $500 for a R9 290 when its MSRP is $400.

    The Lite Coiners kind of suck in the respect since my HD7970 is still worth $450-500 when it should at best be $300.


    It's not our job to make the prices go down..sooner or later we'll get a good card at a good price. The reasonable amongst us will wait...some idiots will not, and continue to ruin it for us all

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    I Hate Nvidia , December 30, 2013 2:10 PM
    I really can't understand AMD,They produce a realllly great VC, A real beat ( I have r9 290 reference) ,they do every thing right ,great chip ,great price ,great game bundle ,and then , they fuck everything with the easiest thing to address ,a decent cooler!!! they could have outsourced the cooler design to a specialized company (Arctic ,Zalman etc..) and clear thier heads !!!some times I just think it was delibrate (I know this looks stupid) to present such a bad cooler in order to push thier partners to innovate and thus filling the market with distinct designs and price points .
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    Broc Kelley , December 30, 2013 2:21 PM
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    I really can't understand AMD,They produce a realllly great VC, A real beat ( I have r9 290 reference) ,they do every thing right ,great chip ,great price ,great game bundle ,and then , they fuck everything with the easiest thing to address ,a decent cooler!!! they could have outsourced the cooler design to a specialized company (Arctic ,Zalman etc..) and clear thier heads !!!some times I just think it was delibrate (I know this looks stupid) to present such a bad cooler in order to push thier partners to innovate and thus filling the market with distinct designs and price points .


    pretty sure they did it on purpose..the cards are selling like hot cakes, and they will continue to do so until Nvidia's 800 series in Q2 2014. Until then, get a non reference 780 or just suffer.. the only people that need 290s or 780s are those who are pushing more than 3M pixels, and those people (us) have money to blow as it is..it's really quite genius as the fools will buy them without question

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    ccarroz , December 30, 2013 3:04 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    I really can't understand AMD,They produce a realllly great VC, A real beat ( I have r9 290 reference) ,they do every thing right ,great chip ,great price ,great game bundle ,and then , they fuck everything with the easiest thing to address ,a decent cooler!!! they could have outsourced the cooler design to a specialized company (Arctic ,Zalman etc..) and clear thier heads !!!some times I just think it was delibrate (I know this looks stupid) to present such a bad cooler in order to push thier partners to innovate and thus filling the market with distinct designs and price points .


    pretty sure they did it on purpose..the cards are selling like hot cakes, and they will continue to do so until Nvidia's 800 series in Q2 2014. Until then, get a non reference 780 or just suffer.. the only people that need 290s or 780s are those who are pushing more than 3M pixels, and those people (us) have money to blow as it is..it's really quite genius as the fools will buy them without question



    I don't think we will see a 800 series card until 2015 at the earliest... unless high resolution displays start really coming down in price.
    The 290 at $400 was almost too good to pass up, was just waiting on a non reference cooler to start hitting the market. Unfortunately due to the price hike and my inability to wait for things, I ended up purchased a 780 lighting edition. Last time I purchased a nVidia card was a 8800 GT and that was 4 cards ago.
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    Broc Kelley , December 30, 2013 4:37 PM
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    Quote:
    Quote:
    I really can't understand AMD,They produce a realllly great VC, A real beat ( I have r9 290 reference) ,they do every thing right ,great chip ,great price ,great game bundle ,and then , they fuck everything with the easiest thing to address ,a decent cooler!!! they could have outsourced the cooler design to a specialized company (Arctic ,Zalman etc..) and clear thier heads !!!some times I just think it was delibrate (I know this looks stupid) to present such a bad cooler in order to push thier partners to innovate and thus filling the market with distinct designs and price points .


    pretty sure they did it on purpose..the cards are selling like hot cakes, and they will continue to do so until Nvidia's 800 series in Q2 2014. Until then, get a non reference 780 or just suffer.. the only people that need 290s or 780s are those who are pushing more than 3M pixels, and those people (us) have money to blow as it is..it's really quite genius as the fools will buy them without question



    I don't think we will see a 800 series card until 2015 at the earliest... unless high resolution displays start really coming down in price.
    The 290 at $400 was almost too good to pass up, was just waiting on a non reference cooler to start hitting the market. Unfortunately due to the price hike and my inability to wait for things, I ended up purchased a 780 lighting edition. Last time I purchased a nVidia card was a 8800 GT and that was 4 cards ago.


    I feel, sadly, that the sooner the nvidia cards come out the sooner the r9 cards will be at an optimal price... for me anyway, I need a two card solution to play games at 3240x1920 so I'm in the same boat as you. 4gb of vram is almost too good to pass up, considering a 4k display would last you half a decade..and two 290x's could hypothetically last you just as long.
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