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SAPPHIRE 100361SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 Video Card

  • 4GB GDDR5
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Benjamin H.
  • 4/5/2014 6:10:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsA nice party trick.

Pros: Beautiful and stable for the first day.

Cons: Died after less than 48hrs of use without OC on PSU tested with lab grade equipment. Ran at 95. ATi tech support said this was normal and to keep using. System sparked out next day and damaged motherboard HD audio.

Other Thoughts: Jumped ship to nvidia/evga after 15 years of ATi/sapphire/palit loyalty. Stability is more important than max fps in a benchmark.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry that you are having these problems with your card.

If your card does not operate correctly then we would recommend initiating an RMA with Newegg.

We hope that the RMA goes smoothly.

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  • Alex A.
  • 3/18/2014 3:28:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHorrible Quality Sapphire Support Non Existent!

Pros: Great for gaming when works, does not require crossfire bridge.

Cons: Loud and runs VERY hot. Died after just a few months of normal usage and under water cooling blocks. I have 2 of these & both cards are sapphire. Sapphire support is horrble been email communicating with them back and forward for over 2 weeks with no result still awaiting rma, not phone number to call if you are in canada. XFX & Asus has never given me any problems like this, i am never buying another sapphire product.

Other Thoughts: over all 290x cards are amazing for gaming and mining scrypt coins or hashcat hash cracking. Sapphire though is not the one you want!

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4 out of 5 eggsNot bad at all

Pros: Pretty good fps on games at the highest settings. Runs games beautiful at 1920x1080 with a 144hz monitor 1ms refresh rate.
I'm about to order a second card and try out Crossfire.

Cons: Card runs at 74c with a little OC and fans at 75% through MSI afterburner playing TR. Fans are loud but I play with headphones so I don't really have a problem with it.

Other Thoughts: I actually ordered the Tri-X OC model of this card and was sent this card instead. Newegg offered the RMA and had no problem accepting a refund, but I kept the card because the Tri-X OC was out of stock and I didn't feel like waiting.
Not to mention the box it came in was totally destroyed (due to FedEX somewhere down the line). I don't live in the best area of Washington DC, but I dont know what happened. The box was also missing my Intel CPU, which I'm currently in the middle of sorting out between Newegg and Fedex.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 2/28/2014 6:16:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Card has been great, most of the negative reviews are from loud fan/overheating but i have this card water cooled so no problems there. EK block fits it great. Plan on getting another if the prices ever come back down to earth.

Cons: N/A

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  • Justin F.
  • 2/27/2014 7:03:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood Card

Pros: Great Bang for the buck ( It was $500 with BF4 around Cyber Monday, but the market has changed now)
Runs games well very.
Great for mining litecoins too.
Reference Design

Cons: Unbelievably Loud if you set to uber mode and use the stock cooling solution. IMO Fan settings should be higher out of the box on normal setting anyways, but that's an easy change in the driver settings.

Mine came with elpida memory instead of hynix.
Reference Design

Other Thoughts: This card was great bang for the buck when it first came out. Hopefully prices will return to normal. I do not have coil whine as others do.

Reference design is a huge plus if you are going to watercool or use a modified bios for mining.

If you have no intention to do either of those things then a non-reference cooler will cool better and quieter.

After reading initial reviews, I knew the card would be loud. Reference cards are the easiest to water-cool and I knew I would be getting a block for it before I considered purchasing.

Still playing with mining settings but the card is now Silent and averages 980Khs even though it only has elpida memory. BF4 was running great with beta mantle drivers for me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/14/2014 11:48:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs290X

Pros: fast
can play anything

Cons: price

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  • Brian J.
  • 2/8/2014 4:28:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFlawed Engineering

Pros: Good looking shell

Cons: This card won't last "stock" nearly as long as it should. Modifications must be made to the card to preserve the life expectancy. Airflow is extremely restrictive through the back grill of the card near the DVI and HDMI ports. Your card will be getting much hotter than it should be.

Manufacturer Response:

We are very sorry that you have had problems with your graphics card.

The card that you purchased has the reference AMD designed "Blower" Cooler. We offer Dual-X, Vapor-X and Tri-X Coolers which are far superior.

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  • CHRIS P.
  • 1/26/2014 7:20:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: it runs great without any issues.

Cons: it is slower than the GTX 780 at max settings.

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  • Jaired A.
  • 12/4/2013 6:49:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnxiously awaiting Mantle...

Pros: Very fast card. Contains more VRAM than you can shake a stick at. :P

This card chews up BF4 and asks for more.

Supports Mantle API.

Cons: Seriously, none for me. Not sure about all these other guys.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a 6990 to this card. I wrestled a while with this decision as on paper the specs of the 6990 are equal to or slighter greater than the r290x.

However, I was tired of dealing with microstutter and game compatibility problems due to crossfire.

I took a leap of faith and was rewarded as the 290x is everything I hoped it would be and more.

I am averaging 60fps on BF4 (vsync enabled) with Ultra settings. (minus msaa). I am running an i7-920 @ 3.5ghz.

Also, the crashing problems I was experiencing with BF4 went away when I upgraded to the 290x. Could be a coincidence.

I'm not sure why everyone complains about noise and heat? The heat coming out of the exhaust is FAR less than I was experiencing with the 6990. I also don't understand what the complain is about noise, either. I haven't noticed any loud fan noises coming from the card, and I have the switch in Uber mode and the fan set to go up to 100% if it needs/wants to.

Ambient temps in my PC room range from 65-73 degrees F depending upon the season and time of day.

I wonder how many people don't have proper case cooling or positioning and then complain that their card is running too hot?

This is in an Antec 900 two case. All fans are blowing air in the case. (including the CPU fan, using a corsair hydro cool that draws air from outside the case)

The only fan exhausting air is the large fan on top.

All case fan speeds are set to their highest setting.

At the minimum you should have a case that contains a fan in the side window, as nearly all modern cases do.

Also, your case should be at least one to two feet away from the wall.

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  • Michael C.
  • 11/27/2013 12:58:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: Selling to someone who will deal with the hassle of attempting to use it.
Satisfaction of knowing I'm finished with AMD as far as their GPU's are concerned.

Cons: Drivers (now on 3rd revision of beta drivers, all the same issues still exist, it would seem they've fixed nothing)
Excessive Noise
The shame of getting burned by AMD on what is supposed to be a super high-class graphics card.

Other Thoughts: Forgetting about AMD.
My first Nvidia card will be on it's way soon after this is written.

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