So the 290X is now available. Several review sites already have their full reviews up. Some highlights:
- Priced at $550
- Beats the Titan in uber mode
- Runs very hot!
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Full list of reviews here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1436561/various-amd-radeon-r9-290x-reviews-thread
My understanding as to why it runs so hot is that it is because AMD wants it to. Being AMD they can't design a quiet cooler to save their lives so they have the fan profile set to run at 40% or less. However, MaximumPC stated they "...even left it running Heaven 4.0 over a 3-day period only to come back and find it purring right along, pegged at 94C, with the GPU's clock speed fluctuating around 925MHz or so."