Yea Ive read quite a bit about the 4gb controversy, basically 3.5gb is full speed, but the last .5gb is much slower. I think those on higher res would notice choppyness or with modded games, some brands are allowing returns if the customer is unhappy. AMD tweeted that 4gb means 4gb(which if freaking hilarious! they even have a new Fixer video at the end shows "4gb, no really") and have lowered the price on 290x and 290 just recently. In the US the card is down to $232 with mail in rebate, many others have them just under $300 with rebate too lowering it more. The 970 is still around $350 mark. Not sure if that price will go global though.
You can get two of these for less than one 980!
Also, the new AMD cards should be coming soon Id hold off if it was me....
As for coil whine I do not hear any at all. Some have complained of coil whine and seem like it could go away after awhile or get worse, but affects both camps. Some have said that after changing psu it went away, which is strange. I heard some have ran a benchmark for 24hrs and it helped... Guess its just hit or miss. The 290x I had had coil whine but when gaming I didnt hear it really and it was only there in 3d mode, it was an asus, this 970 is an asus and it dont have it.
Edited by gamble, 31 January 2015 - 02:23 AM.