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Pros: The 290x is powerful and crushes through games. I liked that my MSI card came with hynix vram. Recent games have performed very strong on Hawaii. The card itself looks cool and it does have a back-plate.
Cons: This is a pretty mediocre cooler for Hawaii. It can barely keep it at stock in the mid 80s. I bought my card used, but if i were getting a 290x new, I would go with a Tri-X or maybe MSI's lightning.
Other Thoughts: I definitely would be afraid to run two MSI Gaming 290x's in crossfire. I tried crossfiring with my 295x2 and the 290x did terrible as the top card.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Excellent GPU performance for the price. For 164 after rebate, I was very happy. This GPU can max most games at 1080p. It also has 3gb of ram which will help it age a little better than a 760 with newer games. I was pleased with my card as it didn't have any coil whine and came with hynix memory.
Cons: There are two Sapphire 280s listed on newegg and one was cheaper. Newegg did not price match it.READ FULL REVIEW