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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The cooler works well. The fan is relatively quiet.

I'd buy it again for another build.

Cons: The fan sucks... and not in the good way. It started rattling not long after installation and never really has worked right after the first few weeks. Doesn't have enough cfm's to really make a difference and not enough static pressure to actually push or pull through the fins effectively.

it's also a pita to install and can easily be slid around after install.

Other Thoughts: all in one bracket solutions are a terrible idea. If intel had a decent standard bracket setup it wouldn't be so bad. most stock amd motherboard brackets could handle this, but they decided to replace it anyway, now, you have a cooler that slips around no matter what socket you get. But hey, it's cheap and effective. As long as you are willing to spend an extra 30-40 bucks on good fans that last more than 3 weeks.

and yes "static pressure" is very important for a fan, but none of these manufacturers include it in their specs because most of the fans are trash and have horribly low static pressure.

SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC Radeon R9 290X DirectX 11.2 100361-2SR 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an update to an earlier review...

Cons: See previous review under the same name.

Other Thoughts: There were some issues with the driver previously. I went back to AMD's web site after doing some digging and found this:

AMD has received feedback that some users are unable to install the Catalyst 14.4 driver on some motherboards with AMD chipsets. We have investigated the issue and have determined that it was caused by the AHCI driver component that was included with the driver package.

We have therefore removed the AHCI driver component from the driver package and will be providing it as a separate download.

If you were affected by this issue, we recommend you download and install this updated version of the driver.

Before installing this driver, please ensure you have uninstalled the previous driver using the Add/Remove programs option in the Control Panel and also deleted the installation folder for the previous driver. This folder can be found at the following locations:


Package contains the following graphics drivers and dependent/required software for the products specified in the current version's official release notes for the 64 bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
Display Driver ver. 14.10.1006
OpenCL(tm) Driver ver. 10.0.1348.5
Catalyst Control Center

I completely removed 13.12 and installed 14.4 following this method. And the new driver seems to be sticking so far without issues. Hope this helps anyone who has had issues. Also of note... I blew out all old versions of the driver as well and restarted just to be sure it had a clean start.

SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC Radeon R9 290X DirectX 11.2 100361-2SR 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast
low temp
looks good
set up great out of box
cooling headroom
oc headroom
video card envy
Playing games the way they were meant to be viewed.
144hz refresh, no problem.

I won't post exact results as that's what benchmarks are for and why review sites spend so much time following meticulous scientific method. But I have no problems reaching 144fps (or more) in any given game. Most of them entirely maxed out with post processing. Faster than light and Terraria never looked soo good. :-p

Cons: This is not a con of this specific card, but I had some driver issues. This doesn't happen to everyone but there are some cases out there (as with everything). I would recommend sticking with the 13.12 drivers for the time being. Maybe try to skip 14.4 and hit the next one when it comes to full release. 14.4 had a shutdown problem on my system, the beta drivers did even worse. This was mostly due to my system being so heavily modified. (ie custom explorer shells and what not) But after a ltitle work, the card runs great and my system is stable.

Other Thoughts: This IS one of the fastest cards on the market, and it's still a relatively new chip. I have confidence that AMD will do what they have done in the past, and that is continually improve the drivers as the life of this product moves forward. If you read early reviews on pre-release samples, there were a multitude of driver issues that do not exist now. Hawaii is a brand new chip, and driver refinement takes time. I also think that AMD was pushing hard to get out some driver optimizations for certain games that refused to work with amd due to the game developers' poorly thought out contracts with Nvidia (fine, i'll say it, the Watchdogs release is a train wreck of manure) . That's another story. I do believe this card will improve drastically with driver updates as they come, and right now, it's rock solid with 13.12. So no big deal. If you are going to install bleeding edge hardware with bleeding edge drivers... you can expect some bumps along the way. I have serious doubts about the "high" tech knowledge of several reviewers that seem to have issues (in general not just on this card). I know for a fact that most systems are not clean enough or stable enough to accept bleeding edge hardware/drivers without issues. Mine sure wasn't. I had not done a fresh install of windows on my system for over 3 years and it was trashed because I modify and tinker. Thus it did not like the drivers and I had conflicts, etc. A component of windows was so heavily modified that it broke. So guess what, fresh install of windows, clean install of all new drivers for ALL of my hardware, and it runs fantastic. Do yourself a favor and be prepared to put in a little time and effort when doing an upgrade and you won't be disappointed about the lack of instant gratification. I think some people are diluted into thinking that they can wiggle their nose and things work magically.


Terry W.'s Profile

Display Name: Terry W.

Date Joined: 11/24/06

  • Reviews: 35
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 01/18/07
  • Last Review: 03/31/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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