Reference R9 290 or 7970 Matrix

Zain Cheema

Aug 9, 2013
Hi all I am stuck as to which video card I should buy. Its between a 7970 matrix for £120 from a friend or an r9 290 for £115 from ebay. The only thing putting me off the 290 is the insane amount of heat that it produces cos of its reference design. Could a 7970 Asus matrix be oc'd to out perform a 290? At the moment I'm leaning towards the matrix card but I'm not sure hence why I'm asking the opinion of the forum.
performance wise 290 wins

but since it is reference .. it will be noisy and 290 are known to produce a lot of heat