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    Introduction When AMD launched the 7000 series of graphics cards, an evolutionary approach was made, moving the bar by improving not only gaming horsepower, but also power efficiency and temperatures. AMD ruled the roost for a time, until Nvidia came along with their 700 series cards, pushing things and gaining the upper hand. Like two titans battling for supremacy, these two companies trade blows with each successive generation launch.

    And that brings us to latest AMD product; namely, the R9 290 graphics card. AMD is again looking to capitalize on their latest architecture, but the company has made it clear that framerates aren’t their primary goal. AMD wants to make affordable products that offer strong gaming performance, which is arguably one of the most important criteria for gamers out there who may be hard-pressed to choose where to spend their hard-earned money.

    Today we’re focusing on the Sapphire R9 290, an enthusiast-classed performance card that’s a reference design. We typically see custom cards from Sapphire, and that may yet be in store in the not-too-distant future, but for now the R9 290 is Sapphire’s competition against Nvidia’s GTX 780. Looking to offer excellent performance for higher-resolution gaming, the R9 290 looks to be a powerhouse. Let’s delve a bit deeper into the details with a closer look at the Sapphire R9 290 to find out how it measures up.

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    Default Re: Sapphire R9 290

    Greate review Jake. Anouther good card also.

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    Default Re: Sapphire R9 290

    Great review Jake, and more representative of every review OTHER than the ones posted on OC3D and LTT. I don't know WHY their test beds show these cards as being limp d***s but they are all solid apart from their God-awful stock coolers. This is the EXACT card I wanted to buy too... just too damn expensive at the moment if you CAN find it, especially with holiday price hikes and inflation due partially to litecoin mining

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    Default Re: Sapphire R9 290

    Great review Jake thanks for posting

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    Default Re: Sapphire R9 290

    great review Jake. now send it to me so i can review it again
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    Default Re: Sapphire R9 290

    Once some aftermarket coolers get slapped on these, they're gonna be super awesome.
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    I don't have any particular badget limitation but the 290 is good enough for me and some review like the one below describe particularly that there's no meaningful reason to go to the higher priced 290X for 5-6 frames more.

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    Great Review Jake very well done and really nice card

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    Fantastic review jake. I want one of these. Thinking about selling 280x to put towards a 290 with a block.
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    Default Re: Sapphire R9 290

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Fantastic review jake. I want one of these. Thinking about selling 280x to put towards a 290 with a block.
    Hey Sandy.Check with Kenny. I think he said he was looking for a 280x.

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