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Pros: Runs cooler than reference GPU
much quieter than the standard R9 290s, even at full fan speed.
Cons: It was a little finicky getting it installed and configured. I think I have it resolved now but I am also crossing my fingers. This is not unusual for the R9 290s from any company.
Other Thoughts: This card requires 2 8 pin PCIe power connectors and after dealing with some issues I thought were the motherboard I found that I needed to use to separate ports on the power supply, each with the 8 pin connector. If I connect another GPU to the same power cable, even using the 6 pin cable my system will not boot. I have a Gold level 1250 Watt PS from a quality manufacturer. Keep this in mind if you choose to buy one.
Also, it has a higher profile so space could be a problem not only front to back but top to bottom in smaller cases. This is the price you [pay for big quiet fans to cool what would otherwise be a very hot running GPU.
For miners, this runs at about 73 degrees overclocked and high intensity. The fans remain quiet even though they may be running at 80%.
This review is from: EVERCOOL F-EC12025H12BP 120x120x25mm High Speed Double Ball Bearing Fan - Retail
Pros: Pushes (or pull) a lot of air
Comes with 4 pin MB header connectors and with 4 pin molex connectors
Cons: None so far although I think some people might not favor the noise level when these run at full speed.
Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of these fans to blow lots of air over 3 R290 GPUs in an open frame rig. I don't really care about the noise level. I had been using 3 1200 rpm fans before and it just wasn't getting it done. I run the fans directly from the power supply 4 pin molex connector so they are running full speed. They make some noise, not as bad as the fans on the GPUs but you can hear them a bit. More importantly, the move lots of air at high speed providing excellent cooling. If you are looking for cooling and are less concerned about the noise, these fans are perfect.
Keep in mind if you power these from teh motherboard and run them at less than 100% the noise will not be a problem at all. Most of the noise is just air flow.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Pros: There is so much good about Windows 7. It installs easily, it runs stable with none of the problems that were in Vista. Considering how complicated the app environment has become, this OS is a really amazing thing.
Cons: Windows Update needs an overhaul. There are too many updates and too many that require a reboot. When you buy this version with SP1, you still have to download a boatload of patches and updates to get up to date. MS need to figure out a better way to update their OS.
Other Thoughts: The one thing that has me playing with Ubuntu, which runs well too, is Microsoft's annoying policy of 1 license per machine. If you update your system with a new motherboard, when you reinstall the OS, you may find that it won't activate. I have 5 machines at home and I purchased Windows for each one. But I have replaced MB and CPUs on some and now if I do a reinstall I need to go through the phone activation process. Sorry, but I Have 5 licenses and I should be able to install them on any 5 machines I own. MS should set up a registration website where you can register your copies and update the site for any changes you make.
I wish someone would market a serious challenger to Windows. If Google would come out with a PC OS and sell it for 40 bucks they can do to MS what MS did to IBM in the 1980s.