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Pros:

Considering the price, near unbeatable performance. Stock, the card was within 3-4 FPS of my friends Nvidia Titan running the Unigine benchmarks. Managed to unlock the card and turn it into an R9 290X and now it's running neck to neck with the Titan. Haven't tried to OC it yet, but I should be able to squeeze out a bit more performance, especially once I put the Arctic Hybrid cooler on it. The card has pretty much met all of my expectations, including being roughly three times faster than the card it replaced (Radeon 5850).

Cons:

Under extended load the stock fan can get to be quite noisy. However, that's a non-issue for me, since my case isn't in the same room as my keyboard/monitor. Besides, the Arctic Accelero Hybrid cooler is going on as soon as the build goes into its new home - a HAF Stacker.

Other Thoughts:

IMO this card is a great value at $400, and if you get lucky enough to score one that unlocks into a 290X it's a downright steal. At the time I purchased mine, Powercolor R9 290's had pretty good odds of unlocking, although success rates of the various OEMs seem to be a moving target over time.

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