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ASUS DirectCU II OC R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: A r9 290 that actually cools adequately out of the box!

Cons: had to use a hacksaw to cut off part of the vram heatsink, as I couldn't fit this card in my silverstone rvz01b case otherwise (was contacting case's power cord

Other Thoughts: Great card! Would buy again.

Much nicer than my HIS 290

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've had this attached to my fx8350 oc'd to 4.4 ghz, and to my r9 290 oc'd to 1100. In the case of the fx8350, even under max load the temperature was nice and cool, and with the r9 290 (via kraken g10) the temp rarely goes over 40c, even oc'd to 1100.

Cons: none, this is an awesome closed loop cooler, I plan on buying another when I crossfire a 2nd r9 290.

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HIS H290QM4GD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent performance in demanding titles such as Battlefield 4. The IceQx2 cooler seems to perform adequately with minimal noise in most gaming applications.

Cons: When attempting to scrypt hash, this card completely disappoints me. As mentioned by one of the other reviewers here, saying that core temperatures when hashing are difficult to control is an understatement.

This is sad, because with an effective hashrate of 880kh/s this could have been a nice supplement to my mini-farm.

Other Thoughts: If Liquid cooled with something like an EKWB block, I'd have zero complaints about this card. But as-is, it works great for gaming.

I Have this mounted in my mATX build with the following:

Coolermaster n200 mATX case
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 mobo
fx 6300 cpu
4x 2gb 1333 mhz ddr3 ram

The size is NOT TOO MUCH FOR A mATX case that's correctly laid out, so ignore the comment above about this case requiring a fullsize tower! It's only about an inch longer than a r9 270x.

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William w.'s Profile

Display Name: William w.

Date Joined: 07/01/10

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 09/07/13
  • Last Review: 02/11/15
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