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None of them, they're all blowdryers. Wait for non-reference (unless you're water-cooling, buy the cheapest one).

more like jet engines 


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There is only reference, get what is cheapest/best warrenty. I would wait until non-reference Asus or EVGA, but that's up to you.

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As everyone else said, go with the cheapest reference Radeon R9 290 until the non-reference coolers emerge. Then you want to go with Sapphire, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, or HIS.


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They are all reference coolers now so the brand doesn't really matter. Just go for the cheapest one. If you plan to overclock and/or want a quieter cooler, I would wait for the R9 290 to release aftermarket coolers.


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