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Windows 7: ASUS R9 290 vs. R9 290X ($40 Price Difference)?

25 Dec 2014   #1
TechJargonOnly

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
ASUS R9 290 vs. R9 290X ($40 Price Difference)?

I'm wondering if I should buy the ASUS Direct CUII R9 290X over the R9 290 (of the same brand and cooler). The 290X is going for about $299.99, and the 290 is $259.99. Both are from NCIX, after $30 MIRs and in Canadian dollars. My dilemma is whether the 290X is worth the extra $40, as I've read that the difference in performance between the cards is very small.

Any opinions on the matter are greatly appreciated.


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25 Dec 2014   #2
PwnFrnzy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Comparison: ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II vs R9 290

As you said, the hardware comparison is rather miniscule, but I believe that when it comes down to your final decision, it's pretty much dependent on if the extra money is worth the performance gain in your eyes.
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26 Dec 2014   #3
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

I'd go for the 290X, I suspect the non-X are just the same cards that failed to pass at 290X specs.

$40 isn't even the cost of a new high-end FPS game.

The comparison site PwnFrnzy posted was funny showing the 290X costing $10 LESS than the 290.

In either case, sweet price for the performance.
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26 Dec 2014   #4
TechJargonOnly

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faladu View Post
I'd go for the 290X, I suspect the non-X are just the same cards that failed to pass at 290X specs.

$40 isn't even the cost of a new high-end FPS game.

The comparison site PwnFrnzy posted was funny showing the 290X costing $10 LESS than the 290.

In either case, sweet price for the performance.
Thanks for the replies. I've decided to go with the 290; after reading through many reviews and benchmark results, the 290 and 290X seem to differ only by a few frames in games. I'd rather save the $40 over such a marginal performance difference.

Also, those Amazon prices are higher than the listed NCIX prices anyways (for once a Canadian retailer has lower prices!).

Cheers, and Merry (belated) Christmas.
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26 Dec 2014   #5
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

GPU Boss isn't a trusty website, it feels like a troll.
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