FINALLY!!! r9 290 & 290x available for under 400$ :D

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by main_shoby, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. main_shoby

    main_shoby Maha Guru

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    ALL HAIL THE LORD !! :banana:

    Good news for gamers!
    While browsing around at ebay, I found out that 290 is available for under 300$ and 290x is available for under 400$ with buy it now option!
    Every miner is getting rid of them.
    I think its supply / demand over again, but this time, Its the over way around :D

    ebay link :p ---> source
     
  2. ---TK---

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    I wouldn't want a mining card regardless of price. Them cards were pushed to the max 24/7.
     
  3. main_shoby

    main_shoby Maha Guru

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    hmmm, will it change anything ? as far as performance or durability goes ?

    a 780ti equivalent card for 380$ is not a bad deal :/
     
  4. Agonist

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    Ive been waiting along time to get one for a good price. Stupid ass mining killing prices. I just want a reference one. Ill put my H60 that is on my 7850 on it.
     

  5. sykozis

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    Could reduce the usable life-span of the card.

    Since ebay sellers are not considered "authorized resellers" none of the manufacturers are required to honor their product warranties in the event of a failure....at least not for US residents.
     
  6. main_shoby

    main_shoby Maha Guru

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    Hmm that's right they are not authorized re sellers but this applies to everything thats being sold one ebay (most of the stuff is used)
    Personally, I think if a graphics card can last 5 years of operation (physically), its actual gaming life span is not more than 3 years lol. still for 370$, a 290x with remaining life of say 2.5 years (assuming, mining takes away half of its physical life span, which I dont think is the case), is not a bad deal.
     
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    main_shoby Maha Guru

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    just purchased a 290x for a friend of mine, for 340$ -.-
     
  8. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Quite a few of the cards used for mining have their lives shortened by a lot more than 2.5yrs. Those cards are heavily abused. If they last a year, consider yourself lucky.
     
  9. main_shoby

    main_shoby Maha Guru

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    oh, in that case, I will cancel the transaction lol
     
  10. Fox2232

    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

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    Intelligent miners are not abusing cards much, but with reference design there is nothing anyone can do to make card cooler.

    I would not be afraid of 2nd hand mining card with lets say PCS+ cooling which is currently best one imo.
    But I would not consider card with reference cooling at all.
     

  11. main_shoby

    main_shoby Maha Guru

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    Thanks!
    I sent request for cancellation.
    I ordered in panic :p :banana:
     
  12. Anarion

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    Cheapest 290 has been below 400€ here for months (new). Used reference 290 goes for 250€-300€. It looks like I'm going to get rather ****ty price from my MSI 290 Gaming. People want to get rid of them and no one wants to buy them. Mining is the main reason for all that but I can see why gamers don't want 290's. NVIDIA just has better overall package in my opinion.
     
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  13. -Tj-

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    I've been reading they're can be a bit flaky.

    Usually you run a gpu only couple of hrs in full load, these have been running 24/7 for God knows how long and they have a much shorter life span in it left.

    Could be wrong tough, but be a little careful when buying them, make sure its still under warranty.
     
  14. Darkest

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    Personally speaking I can get a good brand new after market 290 for £320 in the UK. On the other hand a good after market 780 costs £380, and I see nothing to justify that extra £60. Either way I'll be waiting until the next major release, I feel no need to upgrade from what I'm using. Sadly that's likely going to end up being next year or very late this.
     
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    Don't know what package you're talking about anarion?
     

  16. anxious_f0x

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    I wouldn't be too worried about a second hand mining card to be honest, most miners (smart ones at least) will under volt their cards to save a few pennies on their electricity bill and lower temps.
     
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    Exactly.. lol. It's not like they will fail right after having mined for a month or two straight. They're meant to "RUN" .... It's just the same as playing a heavy load game for a month. Already people are piling up in my forum who say "sorry I don't wanna buy this because it's a miners card" ... **** sake I tell you. ****in people being supersticious about hardware lol.
     
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  18. Anarion

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    In terms of heat, noise, features and software. I have to admit but life is easier with NVIDIA. At least in my case. It's not always about pure theoretical performance but there are few things that just make NVIDIA better choice for me. Numerous small things add up and made the 290 usability a bit painful.

    290 software isn't quite bug free yet.

    Cheapest GTX 780 goes for ~375 € here.

    If the warranty is there, it doesn't matter at all if it has been a mining car.
     
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  19. mohiuddin

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    There is a strong superstiton within the nvidia users. Costlier is better. It helps NVIDIA alot. :p
     
  20. Fox2232

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    I would not say Anarion is completely wrong. 290(x) launch was horrid.
    Now it is OK, therefore it's not bad to get one of those.

    But as can be seen in driver threads some people still have some issues.
    And even if those were all PICNICs, some people simply do not want or can't deal with them.

    And I would advice against mining cards with reference coolers, those owners saved few $ by undervolting, but in long runs it did not decrease temperature enough.
     

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