Is it smart to get an R9 290

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by winningsince133, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. winningsince133

    winningsince133 Member

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    Antec Earthwatts 500w Continuous w/ 44 amps on the 12volt. Currently at the plug while playing BF4 its pulling ~230ish. My 7790 pulls about 85 of that so I should be good wattage wise. If it doesn't run I can always go get a quality corsair or seasonic PSU from my local Fry's. Since I plan to pick up a Haswell E processor and an x99 motherboard when intel releases it this summer, what do you think would be a good PSU for that?

    EDIT: found my PSU on newegg: newegg (com) /Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007
     
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  2. ---TK---

    ---TK--- Ancient Guru

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    I would go with a high quality 700 to 750 watt psu. For new cpu mb memory 290. Sesonic corsair etc. You can oc as much as you want then extra headroom is always good. If you plan on xfire 290 I would go with a 1000watter for extra headroom. You might get away with a 850 watt for xfire.
     
  3. bigcid1

    bigcid1 Master Guru

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    with the one that I have it say's 750 watts minimum
     
  4. winningsince133

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    The guru3d review of the R9 290 reference has the card TDP at 254 watts @ stock clocks and 300 watts when overclocked. I think typically board partners over estimated minimum power requirements because of those low quality PSUs that can't handle their claimed wattage.
     

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    bigcid1 Master Guru

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    that could be as mine isn't a reference board
     
  6. tahirahmed

    tahirahmed Member Guru

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    Like all have said, first your CPU will bottleneck this card and secondly even though the price you're getting is good, it's a reference card and they tend to run hot, very hot sometimes so you should keep that in mind.

    Additionally I got tired of blower fan sounds. It sounds like a hair dryer when card gets hot, that's one reason why I switched from my 6970 and went to Sapphire's R9 290 Tri-X which not only runs cool but also extremely quite. So keep sound level in mind as well because if you don't play with headphones then that sound can really disturb you.
     

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