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XFX R9290AENFC Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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4 out of 5 eggs Great card, just not right now 01/31/2014

This review is from: XFX R9290AENFC Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: It's a great card. The strengths of this card are:
1. Running all games at max.
2. Surprisingly not that loud (unless you manually ramp up the rpm)
3. Gracious 4GB memory (Finally, I can use 4K textures on my bacon)
4. Price/Performance (I'm talking MSRP)
5. If you manually ramp up the fan to 100%, you can't hear your annoying gf/bf/parents.
6. Run a stress test and use the card to warm your room.

Cons: It also comes with cons:
1. The card seems to be unstable. I occasionally get my second 1080p monitor all pixel-shuffled. when I boot the system. It requires restart to work properly (hopefully). Switching the monitor around did not help.
2. Playing Skyrim with 2K resolution textures and ~60 other mods, It seems to struggle a lot. Framerates vary between 20-60 (v-sync on) and looking at the afterburner, you can see the core clock jump between 700-950 like crazy. I thought it was a heat issue first, but even when I bump up the rpm for the fan, the problem won't go away.

Other Thoughts: I would love to get a second one and watercool the card. However, at this price point, just get a GTX780. This card may not be appealing unless you are a cyrptominer.

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