The 290 at 47% fan speed wasn't loud. The fans on these cards really don't become loud until around 60-65%. At 47% the card was not throttling, so the full performance potential was there. The 290 was perfectly acceptable noise vs. performance wise.
What does that prove? That one guy thinks his opinion is the word of god? The card is very loud compared to the competition. Just because one reviewer thinks its acceptable doesn't mean it won't be uncomfortably loud for another person. Not to mention the card is loud at stock speeds running at an eye popping 95c right before winter. The fan speed is going to have to go up even more in the Summer months just to keep it from throttling.
Non reference coolers likely will not be reference card prices ($400). With that in mind, you can buy an aftermarket cooler already for about $75 and simply install it yourself. With this price point, that's a total cost of $455, maybe $20-30 more than a non reference cooled 290, which will come out in 2-4 weeks. Of course, the aftermarket cooler will likely be better than non reference coolers anyway: http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...59-19.html
Once I get home from work, I'm going to buy that cooler, and this card, since this is a great price, and you get BF4 for free. If I end up paying $20-$40 more than if I wait 2-4 more weeks, I'm fine with that, and I'll have a diesel cooler that I can use on my NEXT upgrade in a few years anyway.
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