Gigabyte Releases Three R9 200 Series BF4-Edition Cards

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houldendub

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Are AMD really still shooting themselves in the foot with such terrible coolers for the 290 and 290X??

No! Nobody wants the blender strapped onto a GPU! Let the partners with good coolers come in for crying out loud! I would be tempted to swap back to team red had they done it off the bat, I guess they just hate money!
 

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I have the XFX R9 280X. Came from the very beginning with BF4, costs $300 (no premium), and is quiet and cool. Don't see why anyone would buy anything else to be honest.
 

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I'm not exactly sure the average joe knows you can build a computer, let alone that
 

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I wouldn't mind a Tom's article where take the previous generation, and the R9 290 and X versions, strip them down, take a few shots of the PCB in detail, and hypothesize what is taking so long (its not really that long, it just feels that way) to get after market coolers on these cards?

They visited nvidia and jabbered about their reference cooler. Let's follow that up by visiting a company like Gigabyte or MSI, who provide after market coolers for both red and green, and really get into the guts of the process.

@ vmem - that gpu name really helps when you copy/paste into a google search, or search directly on store's webpage. It has to be unique in a field full similar products.

@ jenesuispasbavard - why? marketing, it looks cool, people feel buying a reference cooler might be the bottleneck in their overclocking attempt. I've overclocked above and beyond any real necessity because I had a good time doing it =)
 

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I think people saw how fast the coolers for the 280X came out and thought the 290/290X would be just as fast. I think people forget the 280X is just a rebranded 7970 so they already had after market coolers designed for the PCB and core.
 

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I do not nderstnd why they just do not make a custom closed loop water block that cools the entire card and just charge an extra $100. It is retarted to add 3 fans to a GPU with a heavy heatsink. My MSI 660TI only has 2 fans and it droops in my system even when the PCB is reinforced with the metal plate.
 

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I think people saw how fast the coolers for the 280X came out and thought the 290/290X would be just as fast. I think people forget the 280X is just a rebranded 7970 so they already had after market coolers designed for the PCB and core.
I beleive there is a slight design change; if you read Toms article when they installed the Accelero3 it fit reasonably well, not perfect. Also the R9 uses more ram chips so I'm sure manufacturers ahd to re-do contracts with suppliers, undergo testing/qualifying... which is why there were only reference designs on launch.
 

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After 2 Gigabyte Windforce R9 280x's I will never be buying anything Gigabyte again.

Yes all video cards are manufactured by Asian Corporations, got it.

Yes it's most probably cheaper to operate Asian based call centers, got it.

Yes English is a hard language to master, got it.

I'm not asking to even to be able to better understand Gigabyte's 'Tech Support'. I'm asking, and yes this sounds crazy, know your product. I had to carry out two RMA's over the course of 5 weeks (yes it takes that long), all because Gigabyte was so blatantly incompetent. Neither card needed to be RMA'd (except for the wild coild whine in the second).
 

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Well AMD just lost my sale and 3 of my friends to Nvidia. Why delay non-reference coolers for so long and not tell customers a release date? I don't want a hot running and loud reference cooler.
 

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I would imagine we're seeing a delay in the retail partner's cards release due to the buggy memory so many people are seeing on the 290 and 290x. Waiting for my RMA to come through and hope I get Hynix memory this time.

Speaking of which, I'm shocked that no media outlets have brought up the issues so many people are having with their 290 and 290x cards.
 

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Has anyone else noticed that the fins in their WindForce series of video card coolers are positioned in a manner than will only blow the heat around inside your case rather than out the back? May keep the video card cool but what good is that is the rest of your machine melts?
 

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Actually I've seen how fast 95% of cards get third party coolers. I've been able to get most of my cards (memory notwithstanding) with third party coolers on day one (or at the least within 1 or 2 weeks). This is pitiful from AMD and a shame, the cards don't have a chance to breathe and so performance is taking a hit if people don't want a vacuum inside their computers.

Assuming makes an ass out of u and me.
 
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