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This review is from: SAPPHIRE 100361SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 Video Card
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.
Pros: Quick & easy installation. Works WITH your existing hard drives. Since this is just a cache you don't have to reinstall your apps or OS, it will cache your most used files automagically.
Other Thoughts: I never took the plunge into the SSD world for a couple reasons. For starters, I didn't want reinstall my OS. For seconders, my Steam folder is way too big to fit onto any SSD that wouldn't require me to get a 2nd mortgage. This SanDisk allows for the best of both worlds. You can still have the massive storage of a traditional HD with the speed of an SSD.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Consumes less space and power than a physical 2 card solution. Excellent performance. No need to compromise when configuring graphics options in games. Set everything to ultra and game on. :)
Cons: Produces quite a bit of heat under load, as to be expected. May be a little tricky to install in some cases due to size, as to be expected. Pricey, as to be expected. ;)
Other Thoughts: A dual GPU solution like this is not as "plug and play" when it comes to gaming. There are some headaches that come along, and some times you won't even be able to play a new game at launch with an acceptable frame rate until a driver update is released. YOU MUST CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOUR CAP PROFILES! This is crucial to getting great performance. I've never experienced the "micro stutter" that people claim exists with dual GPU solutions.READ FULL REVIEW