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ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II and Sapphire R9 290X Tri

The ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II and Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri X were pretty much identical at idle when it came to cooling performance. The Sapphire 290X Tri X was 1C cooler at idle though, so if you had to pick a winner that would be it. The ASUS card was 28C and the Sapphire card was 31C in a room that was 22.0C (72F). The VRM 1 and VRM 2 temperatures were cooler on the Sapphire 290X Tri X at idle. Note both cards have the fans spinning at 20%, which is 1024RPM on the ASUS dual fan card and and 1500 RPM on the Sapphire triple card.

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU Purple Patent Leather Lady Peep 140mm II 4GBGaming Temperature:

Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Rose Patent Leather Lady Peep 140mm TRi X 4GBGaming Temperature:

When playing Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 3 for about 30 minutes each, we hit 74C on the ASUS 290X DirectCU II and 72C on the Sapphire 290X Tri X when it comes to GPU temperatures. We were shocked by the difference in the VRM temperatures as on the ASUS 290X DirectCU II the VRM 1 temp was 88C and the VRM 2 temp was 78C. The Sapphire 290X Tri X hit 75C on VRM 1 and 48C on VRM 2. Sapphire GPU cooler helps keep the VRM 1 temperature 13C cooler and the VRM 2 temperature 30C cooler. The GPU temperature is pretty much identical on these two AMD Radeon R9 290X video cards, but the VRM temperatures are night and day different. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

The AMD Radeon R9 290X reference card is pretty loud and hits nearly 64dB on our open air test system. The ASUS and Sapphire cards with their respective custom GPU coolers are much quieter. The ASUS 290X DirectCU II ran at 42.0 dB at idle and 51.7 dB when gaming at full load. The Sapphire 290X Tri X was a little louder at idle with a reading of 43.1, but was actually quieter at load, hitting just 48.2dB. These aren the quietest cards that we have ever tested, but they will be tough to hear inside a gaming case with a bunch of cooling fans in it! Both are hands down better than the AMD reference cooler in terms of noise levels and cooling performance.

essentially this card will probably be 699 USD because of the litecoin miners so the money advantage is gone like what happened with the sapphire.

seriously fucking litecoin sucks as shit.

I just got a 780 Ti classified since the sapphire was 700 bucks and I don mind the 40 extra bucks I paid for a custom PCB made for overclocking. Yes I know currently the standard bioses suck but the custom bios is enabling people to go to like 1400 on air.

if AMD didn stop the third parties from releasing their cards for so long then I would of probably gotten a AMD again. but I was happy with my 680 anyway

Let see beats it most of the time at this msrp difference it should beat it hands down not off and on plus we have yet to see both pushed to the max. As the ti regularly passes the 1ghz limit sometimes to as high as 1080 from some reports so the ti is overclocking itself. Now to the other facts powerdraw similar die size 30% less for hawaii and it also includes an audio dsp on top of that and to top it all up it supports freesync, amd free answer to g sync that apparently is already a vesa standard and most panel producers support or can upgrade easily to with no aditional hardware and if rumors are to be believed the 290x doesn even have all compute cores active!!

But wait there is Red Patent Leather Lady Peep 140mm more this card does better mining an compute in general uses extremelly cheap memory compared to 780ti

Yet it is still MUCH cheaper then 780ti so yes beating 780ti shouldn even be possible yet somehow 290x beats or trades Red Fluo Lady Peep 140mm blows c4c this IS impressive by any standard and beating the ti in synthetics is huge! It shows the yet untaped potential that what makes this card the asus directxu2 290x THE card to buy at least for me atm

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