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SAPPHIRE 100362SR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Purchased this GPU solely for its price to performance ratio (as review title says). There is no need to state performance statistics for this card here, since many tech websites published already. Crossfiring graphics cards will no longer require a bridge (cleaner look), has an integrated audio solution (time will tell if I will use it), the cooler seems rather attractive especially with the Sapphire decal (though might not be appealing to everyone else out there). Games play smooth, and Litecoin is faster than 7970/R9-280x at 840 KH/s (need more time to find best settings).

Cons: I like to fine tune core and memory clocks by a difference of a megahertz, Catalyst Control Center utilizes percentage now. Once the blower fan reaches over 80% it sounds and feels like a fighter jet is ready to take off. Hope this beautiful card does not start sagging on me any time soon.

Other Thoughts: Some may wait until the end of November 2013 to buy cards that ship with different coolers, I'm thinking of just watercooling it.

As for the "GPU-overclocking lottery," those early cards from a new GPU series sold upon release generally (but not always) are able to overclock significantly.

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ASUS ROG RAIDR Express PCI-E 240GB PCIe 2.0 x 2 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs It is a beast, watchout with AMD APU 08/27/2013

This review is from: ASUS ROG RAIDR Express PCI-E 240GB PCIe 2.0 x 2 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very very fast, and works with a 6800K on a GA-F2A85X-UP4 (has UEFI) temporarily (see the cons below), but will be installed into a more powerful future machine using a 4770K.

Read and write speeds are ~660 MB/s for read and 500 MB/s on write for crystaldiskmark (ROG) in Win 8 64. Transfer speeds in ATTO from 1024 through 8096 are consistent with 780 MB/s write and 816 MB/s read.

Cons: Buy this with the knowledge that it cannot be refunded by Newegg once it is shipped - read their policy.

Watch out if you are pairing with an APU, you cannot use the x4 slot on ATX motherboards (bandwidth shared among all other devices linked to FCH or older term, "south bridge"): crystalmark results and file transfer rates in Win 8 (64) will be significantly lower, while ATTO will be unchanged. Thus you need to run it on one x16 sized PCIe slot: splitting your the bandwidth to x8 x8 if you are using a PCIe GPU concurrently.

Other Thoughts: PCIe ssd appears to be the future. Some other manufacturers aimed towards the server market have them already on x4 (PCIe 2.0) and higher laned slots (they will cost closer to $100K when you find them now). I can see this device lasting at least through 2018 as a primary drive, and coupled with a 32 GB (DDR3 2400MHz) RAMdisk at the same time. By then, an ssd will be likely be significantly faster and cheaper.

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SAPPHIRE 100356-2GOCL Radeon HD 7790 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support OC Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Purchased this card for a quiet build with a 5800K APU and GAF2A85X inside a Fractal Design R4. This card runs very cool and rarely surpasses 50 Celsius, and the fan is inaudible. The backplate adds a nice touch to the card's aesthetics and does not become hot, it compliments the white LED aerocool fans installed in my case. Unlike longer higher end graphics cards, the pcb has remained flat without any signs of bending, and is quite light requiring only one 6 pin PCIE power cable. This card can overclock in addition to the factory overclocked speeds, but not something I have in mind, at least for the time being. The 2 GB is a nice feature over most other Radeon 7790s if the one intends to use all thi memory for multiple screens or for a specific application.

Cons: 2GBs adds a premium to the card over other 7790s.

Other Thoughts: Crossfiring this card with another 2GB 7790 will be a little too expensive. One can get more bang for the buck when buying a 7950 since it has essentially twice the specs of a 7790 (896 sp vs 1792 sp). Unless you plan to use two 7790s (shorter pcb) to try and match th performance of a 7950 (longer pcb) in a small computer build (if crossfire supported by app).

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Display Name: Eduardo B.

Date Joined: 04/29/10

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  • First Review: 07/16/10
  • Last Review: 11/07/13
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