Good value GPU: which & where to buy?

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- Milhofo -
How does a brand new cooler come like that? That was really unfortunate
BrokenArrow
Just another incident that clearly proves that Nvidia > AMD
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Kert

- Milhofo - wrote:

How does a brand new cooler come like that? That was really unfortunate
It's not supposed to be brand new.
gpuShack sell refurbished cards.
The owner states the cooler broke during shipping, let's see what he can suggest after I check if the card works at all
Yuudachi-kun

Kert wrote:

Yeah great

I got it today just to see its broken and dusty cooler
I have no words for now.
You should've just gotten a 750 ti 8-)
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Kert
750 ti is 3-4times weaker
Yuudachi-kun
It's my waifu and I love her
- Milhofo -

BrokenArrow wrote:

Just another incident that clearly proves that Nvidia > AMD
I can't see where that conclusion comes from but it makes no sense lol

OT: Even if it was broken it should have been cleaned, then again I never bought second hand hardware so I wouldn't know
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Kert
The shop owner provided a solution to this problem.
Let's see what I get in a few weeks.
RBRat3
Just out of curiosity what games have you played on your old 6850 that let you down enough to provoke you to upgrade?

Reason I ask is because I have a 6950 and never felt like I needed any more, my only complaint is that I cant compile large OpenCL kernals but that's unrelated.
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Kert
It's not like I can't live without better graphics but I always wanted to play with those and higher FPS.
So basically any game that runs below atleast 60fps (on my 144hz monitor I'd love 144fps though) is pretty bad for me: Divinity Original Sin, Watch Dogs, GTA 5, and other AAA titles I don't play yet because of bad FPS/can't choose High/Ultra graphics.
The owner of gpushack sent me a replacement card which is R9 290X (notice the X) without additional payment for the upgrade. He didn't even ask me to send back this 290 with this broken fan that I received from him initially.
It didn't arrive yet, but we'll see how it goes.
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Kert
Alright.
I received my precious replacement R9 290X. It's clean, looks pretty new, no scratches e.t.c.
I've tested a few games and the results are like this (everything on Ultra 1920x1080):
Divinity Original Sin - 95-120fps
Alan Wake - 80+ fps
Dishonored - 120 fps
Watch_Dogs - 35-50fps (blame ubisoft)

Btw it's not even exactly that loud as most people say. I can't hear it behind 5 case coolers I have.
Idle temperature is around 63C and under load it goes upto 90-95C depending on the game.

ohohohohoho kertwaii's gonna play graphic-oriented games at last
mashedpopoto

Kert wrote:

Alright.
I received my precious replacement R9 290X. It's clean, looks pretty new, no scratches e.t.c.
I've tested a few games and the results are like this (everything on Ultra 1920x1080):
Divinity Original Sin - 95-120fps
Alan Wake - 80+ fps
Dishonored - 120 fps
Watch_Dogs - 35-50fps (blame ubisoft)

Btw it's not even exactly that loud as most people say. I can't hear it behind 5 case coolers I have.
Idle temperature is around 63C and under load it goes upto 90-95C depending on the game.

ohohohohoho kertwaii's gonna play graphic-oriented games at last
Happy for you!

AMD cards are like fine wine; they get better the older they are (i.e driver support).
A Medic

Kert wrote:

Alright.
I received my precious replacement R9 290X. It's clean, looks pretty new, no scratches e.t.c.
I've tested a few games and the results are like this (everything on Ultra 1920x1080):
Divinity Original Sin - 95-120fps
Alan Wake - 80+ fps
Dishonored - 120 fps
Watch_Dogs - 35-50fps (blame ubisoft)

Btw it's not even exactly that loud as most people say. I can't hear it behind 5 case coolers I have.
Idle temperature is around 63C and under load it goes upto 90-95C depending on the game.

ohohohohoho kertwaii's gonna play graphic-oriented games at last
Glad you like your new card. Always feels good to get a nice upgrade. :)
FuZ

Kert wrote:

Idle temperature is around 63C and under load it goes upto 90-95C depending on the game.
both idle and charge temps looks pretty high, especially idle

90-95 in charge is "ok" if it's the absolute max r9 290x are known to be hot, but 63C is kinda high for idle, check for dust

your card should be idling at around 45-50C, mine is at 39C with fans at 21%..
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Kert
Do you have a reference one too?
What's your idle gpu fan speed? Mine is ~1000rpm (20%) (I'm blind sorry)
I have a lot of case fans, not sure why this happens:
front, bottom, side, rear, top - all 120mm fans. Bottom, front and top fans (Arctic F12) always work@12v and that is around 1400rpm (using molex -> 3pin converters)
Idle CPU (i5-2320) temp is around 39C.
FuZ
i don't have your card so it's best to not compare with me, that's why i said 45-50 because seeing the reviews of your card that's what you should get in idle, for example here

for cpu i don't know, i have a i5 2500k and it's staying at 34C idle but 39C should be fine too, though it's weird that you get high temps with that much fans, i only have 2 fans, front and rear, or maybe it's just your cpu fan set to a slower rpm

Topic Starter
Kert
Luckily I noticed that my CPU goes up to 74C when playing GTA V (60+ fps on everything Ultra btw)
I checked that thermal paste dried up, maybe that's the reason here...
I also don't have a lot of fan speed control options in Speedfan for some reason:
Topic Starter
Kert
OK nice
I've changed thermal paste on the CPU and temperatures are 10+ C degrees lower
Only reaches around 62-64C under max load.
I also made a custom fan speed curve profile that looks like this:

And this makes the R9 290X in my PC never reach 95C (a bit of downclocking happens at this temp) - only around 88-93C at max load.
And I still can't hear the GPU behind case coolers : D
2FuZ: Idle temp is that high because memory clock is maxed out even on desktop (driver bug because of 144hz monitor)
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