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  • blanarahul - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - link

    The only real use of this card is crossfire. Reply
  • anandreader106 - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - link

    Agreed. I'll take two please! Reply
  • heffeque - Friday, May 09, 2014 - link

    Well... the UK is the land of the pirates, so I'd guess that most of those cards are going to have some kind of use related to that. Reply
  • Gizmosis350k - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - link

    Nice move Sapphire Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - link

    "and the use of a 600W GPU is a recommended minimum"

    I think you meant PSU there.
    Reply
  • garadante - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - link

    In the second to last paragraph I believe you meant 4GB instead of 5GB, and do you know what six games are included in this? Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    Corrected. The six games is from OcUK shipping the card with AMD's Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. 3 + 2 + 1 = 6 :) Reply
  • Folterknecht - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - link

    Also in germany

    http://www.computerbase.de/2014-05/sapphire-r9-290...
    Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    That's CaseKing, who own OcUK. So some may have been funnelled within the company. Reply
  • ShieTar - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    Interestingly, the German page seems to indicate that only 250 GPUs have been produced before cancelling the product, and these will now be sold off? Reply
  • 3DVagabond - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    Also looks like the 290X uses 2x 8pin
    [img]http://pics.computerbase.de/5/5/9/3/9/8.jpg[/img]
    Reply
  • DIYEyal - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    There might be workstation/server uses for that card too.. I know it's not a firepro card, but not everyone needs all the pro features.. Too bad it's exclusive.. Reply
  • Lonyo - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    Somehow OCUK seems to be getting a number of exclusive things. They have time limited exclusivity on the new Samsung 4k monitor as well. Even other companies, such as Amazon, didn't seem to realise they had exclusivity.

    Not sure how they are pulling it off, and it's also somewhat annoying when other people have cheaper prices. Plus OCUK like to take money up front for pre-orders, which also sucks.
    It's fine being exclusive or first, unless you have some significant deficiencies compared to other retailers, in which case it can be a PITA. A £500 monitor where you take money up front and then maybe ship eventually a month or more later, no thanks.
    Reply
  • ShainaKNolan - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    This card is phenomenal in every way. I am a gamer and a miner and it chews up and spits out anything I throw at it. Anyone who complains about the "heat this card throws out" obviously doesn't have sufficient cooling. I have run this thing full boar and it doesn't go above 75c. http://num.to/614292942042 Reply
  • Frenetic Pony - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    Errr, ram total has little to do with resolution, and much to do with the actual game. Just wanted to point that out. Reply
  • PrinceGaz - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    Exactly. The days when the frame-buffers took up a significant amount of VRAM are long gone. A 3840x2160 frame is just under 8MP, so even four frame buffers at that resolution and 64-bit colour would fit into under 256MB. Reply
  • ShieTar - Friday, May 09, 2014 - link

    Technically correct, but some post-processing methods, like certain anti-aliasing modes, can generate a few ten samples per real world pixel. I have seen a few real-world tests where the VRAM fill rate depended almost linear on the number of screen pixels. Reply
  • Folterknecht - Thursday, May 15, 2014 - link

    test in german

    http://www.computerbase.de/2014-05/sapphire-amd-ra...
    Reply

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