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Beautiful Card, current amazing price.,
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This review is from: Sapphire AMD R9 290 TRI-X OC Graphics Card (4GB, HDMI, PCI-E) (Accessory)
I was in the market for a new GPU after I spilt beer over mine, (GTX 770). I had it less than a year, but the value depreciated rather quickly from when I first purchased it, I'm not a fanboy by any means, however Nvidia cards certainly do depreciate rather quickly due to the large gaps in performance per model (770 vs 780).
The r9 series have witnessed alot of press due to their disappointing stock cooler, yet blisteringly fast speeds. Slap on the TriX cooler and surely we have a winner (we do). Due to Sapphire releasing a new upgraded cooler these cards are selling incredibly low ATM and for this price it's also a no brainer. Needless to say, much faster than the 770, with a nice 4gb vram for the future. A+++ card, would buy again.
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2014 10:29:24 BDT
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Hi. I have 2x770GTX (in SLI). Purchased in Jan 2014 from Novatech for £240 each. I was originally planning to get a pair of 780GTX but they were too expensive, so I decided to go for a pair of Zotac 770GTX in the interim. Been waiting 5 months now but prices for 780GTX really not dropped much (cheapest one is Zotac for £340 and I really don't see prices dropping any time soon). I ordered a pair of the Sapphires on Weds 4/6/14. Arrived next day but one of them turned out to be faulty. Had to RMA. Waiting for replacement. The other one is working fine but runs hot. Single 290 seems to be giving similar FPS as my 2x770GTX (and slightly better picture/graphics quality). Have heard Xfire can be problematic. Will try and see how it goes.
Was wondering should I stick with my 2x770GTX or go for these Sapphire 290 instead?. After all, my original plan was to use the 2x770GTX as a stop gap, but they are pretty damn good. Only downside with 770GTX is that it is rebranded 680GTX (so uses the older GK104 chipset and not newer GK110 chipset) and it is only 256 bit interface, whereas the 290/X are 512 bit.
I agree with you completely about Nvidia cards no longer holding their value. I sold my 780GTX November 2013 (as I got a 7990HD for £400 - terrible mistake!). My 780GTX cost me £550 and it sold on ebay for only £315. I was furious. Was wondering if it is better to sell the 770GTX now (Novatech rrp now £230) whilst it is still worth something and jump over to 290?.
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