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Item#: N82E16814202043
SAPPHIRE R9 200 Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 100362SR 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Plug-in Card Video Card
  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 947 MHz
  • Boost Clock 947MHz
  • 2 x DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2560 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16

Pros:

Purchased this GPU solely for its price to performance ratio (as review title says). There is no need to state performance statistics for this card here, since many tech websites published already. Crossfiring graphics cards will no longer require a bridge (cleaner look), has an integrated audio solution (time will tell if I will use it), the cooler seems rather attractive especially with the Sapphire decal (though might not be appealing to everyone else out there). Games play smooth, and Litecoin is faster than 7970/R9-280x at 840 KH/s (need more time to find best settings).

Cons:

I like to fine tune core and memory clocks by a difference of a megahertz, Catalyst Control Center utilizes percentage now. Once the blower fan reaches over 80% it sounds and feels like a fighter jet is ready to take off. Hope this beautiful card does not start sagging on me any time soon.

Other Thoughts:

Some may wait until the end of November 2013 to buy cards that ship with different coolers, I'm thinking of just watercooling it.

As for the "GPU-overclocking lottery," those early cards from a new GPU series sold upon release generally (but not always) are able to overclock significantly.

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