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MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This card can take a ton of voltage while still staying cool. It has a LN2 (liquid nitrogen) mode that lifts power restrictions. Mine will overclock to 1180MHz core and 1500MHz memory with +125mV on the core. With those settings the card stays cool, around 70C degrees under full load. Impressive cooling for the power hog of a GPU. It actually has 4GB of VRAM.

Cons: The fans can get pretty loud. Not extremely loud though. The more you push this card, the more coil whine you get. At my max overclock, the coil whine is terrible. It's big, takes up 3 slots, and requires two 8-pin and one 6-pin PCI-E power connectors.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if the coil whine is just part of AMD's cards, this GPU in particular, my PSU or if this specific card. But it is there. I had two MSI HD 7950s with similar coil whine. This or the Sapphire Triple-X are the two best cards in the 290X line.

MSI Radeon HD 7950 R7950 TF 3GD5 BE 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I got it on sale for a good price. Performs somewhere around a GTX 760 or 670. It will run pretty much any game maxed out with good frames per second.

Cons: First one died after a few days. It has some pretty bad coil whine, both cards. It runs pretty hot. The fan noise is pretty loud under load. I can't imagine what the reference cooler sounds like.

Other Thoughts: Overall it's a good card. I sold my GTX 660 Ti and bought this. Sometimes I regret it. The 660 Ti ran great without any issues and it was always quiet. I bought this in case I decide to get a 1440p monitor and run dual 7950s in CF. If it's around 215 pick it up. Otherwise, there are better options.

NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Update 09/20/2013

This review is from: NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels

Pros: Cheap. Mesh scheme goes well with my case. Not flashy. Simple controls. Controls up to 5 fans.

Cons: The LED light can be annoying as it shines through the rightmost slider control. It will make a buzzing noise with certain fans. Cooler Master and NZXT fans seem to make this thing buzz when you raise the fan speed up from its lowest setting. Fans that do not make it buzz, for me, are Noctua and Xigmatek fans.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that there are fans that will make this fan controller make a buzzing sound when the fan is turned up even a little bit. I do not know the full list of fans that make buzzing noises, but Cooler Master and NZXT fans do. The Cooler Master fans make the controller make the loudest noise and it makes all the controls buzz. The NZXT makes it make buzz a little softer and it doesn't seem to affect the other controls. So keep in mind of you have Cooler Master or NZXT fans, this fan controller will make a buzzing sound if you turn a fan up.


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Display Name: Michael P.

Date Joined: 08/25/09

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  • First Review: 07/20/11
  • Last Review: 02/02/15
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