Consider taking another look at the Anandtech link from my last post. Sapphire has made significant improvements over the stock R9 290. (I'm not considering the 290 "X") In particular, check out the noise levels in which the Sapphire beats the GTX 780ti at idle and load. That said, the ti is better for gaming performance on future gaming, but for me the Sapphire is already more than I need. Not least of all, Sapphire's version of this card lists for $449. The GTX 780 ti lists for $700. So while you raise some good points, I don't know that it's worth the extra money. I started looking in early December and would have made the purchase already except that the bitcoin madness is making for irrational pricing. Back in December all the tech websites were expecting pricing to calm down by now but it's only gotten worse. I guess I'll give it another month! That said, I'll check out techpowerup and I do appreciate your suggestions.
Personally i dont trust any site aside from SPCR for noise and sonic signature of fans, that said, there is not much GPU tested here, so something has to be used to compare, personally i like TechpowerUp, as they review tons of GPUs, and for practical purposes thats what i tend to use, so we can compeare apples to apples. Sadly they didnt test the None X version, only the Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC 4 GB
, has an idle of 28db and load of 37db, probably the none X is lower, now the MSI GTX780ti has 24db idle and 30db load.... thats a lot of difference from the 290X, sadly there is no way to compare the version you are looking for, but i doubt it will match the 30db of the N780ti, again assumptions on my part, but not much else i can do. Weather its worth the difference in price only you can decide, besides there are aftermarket coolers like Prolimatech MK-26 Multi-VGA Cooler
that should be able to handle the 290 easily and still have a very quiet setup.
Pairing up the Sapphire and a Xeon E3 1230 (NOT overclocked) CPU, what PSU would you recommend with a consideration for low noise?
Depends on whats your budget, if you want to go platinium, i would check Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W Power Supply
(there is 650/750/850 versions also, im just linking the spcr review)Seasonic SS-660XP2
(imo one of the best platinum PSU, check jonnyguru it has very good comments and remarks
, some users have reported coil whinning but this can happen with any psu).
If you want lower price PSU, look into golden certification likeCorsair RM Series 650
(there is other wattage to chose, if you want more or less).SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM
(there are other wattage versions, but really good psu for the money).