eBay with Newegg has the SAPPHIRE 100361BF4SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card for $500 with free shipping. Features DirectX 11.1 support, HDMI, 2x Mini DisplayPort and 2x DVI outputs, and includes a copy of BattleField 4.
$630 Retail: $710

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 158
    Posted 11:17 am PST 12/2/13

    And take it away, Casecutter...

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    rosiesbar Ben's cred: 64
    Posted 11:43 am PST 12/2/13

    Radeon has some nice cards here but no way I am touching these things with the reference cooler. Regardless of "specification and design" I am done with 90+ Celsius cards. I have had many Radeon's over the years and heat + power draw + noise + general driver issues make these cards a gamble. Once manufactures come out with some good R9 290 coolers built on to their offerings I will consider since the performance of the 290 is nice for the money when they drop to around $350 dollars. Until then I will wait as GTX 800 series approach next year which will push the price of the 780's down. I would much rather purchase Nvidia regardless but I can put up with some ATI heartache for the right price.

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1494
    Posted 1:12 pm PST 12/2/13

    I wouldn't take the reference cooler for vary long. I'd get this and stress and test the crap out of it, and then roll with a AIO cooler using this the NZXT KRAKEN G10 GPU Bracket.

    https://store.nzxt.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RL-KRG10

    I'm not absolutely sure what rosiesbar is spewing...

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    Teleman Ben's cred: 290
    Posted 3:14 pm PST 12/2/13

    There is a reason they call it the SAPPHIRE, priced the same.

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    gnimble Ben's cred: 72
    Posted 5:52 pm PST 12/2/13

    I remembered when the NVidia GTX 480 came out sounding like a jet engine; many waited and were rewarded with quieter cards; right now, this Radeon with the reference cooler runs very hot and loud; give AMD partners some time, and quieter ones will come.

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1494
    Posted 9:26 am PST 12/3/13

    gnimble wrote:
    I remembered when the NVidia GTX 480 came out sounding like a jet engine; many waited and were rewarded with quieter cards; right now, this Radeon with the reference cooler runs very hot and loud; give AMD partners some time, and quieter ones will come.


    Comparing a 290X to GTX480; sure AMD uses 8-9% more power, is 6% more in thermal at load, while basically the same noise level. Now sure that doesn't appear as progress until you consider all that is provided in a chip that is 20% smaller, although yes most of that is the difference of the 28Nm vs a 40Nm process. That said, they're pumping all that through 20% less space and all the while doubles the performance. For (at this $500) a price that's the same as what most GTX 480's went for like 3 years ago. I say this not to defend AMD, but remind folks this is progress and sure we'd like to see progress in all areas but without this card you wouldn't have a $500 GTX 780...

    But I have to say Nvidia and their GTX780/Ti has for some reason the better fan/blade/low noise characteristic, while the GK110 has a (slight) advantage in efficiency, while having more area in the larger die to move heat, those three is where they get their benifits.

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    rosiesbar Ben's cred: 64
    Posted 12:30 pm PST 12/3/13

    And now looks who's spewing....

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1494
    Posted 2:27 pm PST 12/3/13

    rosiesbar wrote:
    And now looks who's spewing....


    Fair enough but technical facts do have merit from just opinion.

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    rosiesbar Ben's cred: 64
    Posted 5:35 pm PST 12/3/13

    Agreed.

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