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R9 290 finally arrived!
01-03-2014, 02:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-03-2014, 04:08 PM by Brandonsr.)
#1
R9 290 finally arrived!
So my R9 290 finally arrived. I originally ordered an XFX, but that delayed so I switched to the Powecolor.

At idle the card is not that loud, but while gaming it sounds like it wants to fly out the window. I won't be water cooling it anytime soon, I don't want to void the warranty just yet.
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Next to my Gigabyte 6850. I put that in my brothers computer.

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01-07-2014, 04:32 PM,
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RE: R9 290 finally arrived!
Sweet! Is it unbearable or do you sort of tune it out once you've been gaming for a while?

How's the temps?

Have you messed around with the software/overclocking much yet? I'm assuming it's already at it's limit with the noise.

Did AMD roll out their "Gaming Evolved" software yet? It's supposed to gather statistics from different gamers and use them to automatically optimize all in-game settings.

It will be interesting to see how it effects performance when they roll out Mantel in a few weeks. It's supposed to give a huge leap in BF4 or anything based on the new Frostbight engine.

I was waiting on a custom partner R9 290 with a better cooler, but it doesn't sound like that will happen anytime soon. I might just wait around for the next generation at this point.
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01-07-2014, 08:24 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-07-2014, 08:27 PM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: R9 290 finally arrived!
I had to RMA this card. I was getting black screens after the second day of owning it. I wasn't sure if it was a driver issue or not, but according to people on a variety of forums it has something to do with the memory it shipped with. certain cards are affected with the issue.


1: I setup a fan curve using MSI afterburner, so at idle anything below 30% is fine, but underload you can still hear the fans over your headphones.

2: Temps stayed in the 75c range while gaming.

3:I have not overclocked, but I don't think there will be a whole lot of room without risking extremely unpleasant fan noise.

4: I think you're talking about RAPTR, and yes I have been using it, but as far as optimizing the game settings I would rather do that myself.
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01-08-2014, 04:34 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-08-2014, 04:41 PM by Rapajez.)
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RE: R9 290 finally arrived!
Ah, sorry to hear that.

1. Wow, hearing it over headphones is impressive. Smile

2. AMD has stated these were designed to run "safely" at 95C. Maybe you can slow the fans down a bit?

3. See above.

4. I don't think AMD rolled it out yet, but cloud-based game optimization was just one of the features of their new "Gaming Evolved" software. Supposedly it lets you talk to people on Steam, Origin, X-Box Live, and the PSN at the same time (like RAPTR). Still just an idea, but could be interesting. NVIDIA has their own version already called "GeForce Experience", but it's based on their own testing in some lab. I get wanting to control your own settings, but it's a cool idea nonetheless.
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02-21-2014, 07:28 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-21-2014, 07:29 PM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: R9 290 finally arrived!
They said nothing was wrong with the card and are sending it back... Hopefully it is a driver issue, and I don't get stuck with a 400 dollar paperweight.

Another forum has 66 pages of people complaining about the issue.
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02-24-2014, 01:40 PM,
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RE: R9 290 finally arrived!
Bah, sorry to hear that. Maybe you can sell it to a bit-coin miner for a profit, while you're waiting for them to fix the issue.

Or just litecoin mine yourself. Smile
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03-20-2014, 11:57 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-20-2014, 11:58 AM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: R9 290 finally arrived!
I'm finally getting a replacement card, but they no longer carry my card, so they are sending me this bad boy.

I was originally going to watercool my reference card, but the cooler on this card looks decent enough to leave it alone.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814131549
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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03-20-2014, 12:26 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-20-2014, 12:26 PM by Rapajez.)
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RE: R9 290 finally arrived!
Wow, you won!

Anything's better than the reference cooler. It looks like it comes factory overclocked, higher than the R9 290X. Plus you shouldn't have to worry about down throttling.
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03-20-2014, 01:42 PM,
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RE: R9 290 finally arrived!
(03-20-2014, 11:57 AM)Brandonsr Wrote: I'm finally getting a replacement card, but they no longer carry my card, so they are sending me this bad boy.

I was originally going to watercool my reference card, but the cooler on this card looks decent enough to leave it alone.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814131549

some folks have all the luck, lol!!!
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