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Pros: Powerful. This card was a replacement for my Asus Radeon 7790 2GB, which is the R7 250 equivalent. Initially tested it out on Boarderlands 2. My fps with the 7790 was around 50-60 with medium settings and medium AA. Plugged in the 280x, upped the settings to Max, along with the AA quality, and saw a fps increase of 40-60, making it 100-120fps! I will post my system specs in the Other thoughts section if you want to have a better comparison. The card itself is huge, barely fitting in my ATX case, so definitely wouldn't do in a microATX. However, the performance is highly worth it. I use the Asus GPU Tweak for managing my GPU clock, and it standardly gets the GPU speed to the boost clock speed of 1000mhz. Easily can handle faster speeds for those looking for more power. And on a final note, the card looks Bad *ss. Nicest looking card out of the other companies making the 280x, and also (depending on when you make the purchase) the cheapest one as well.
Also is pretty quiet. Fans don't make much noise on games like Boarderlands 2, PS2 and Nosgoth on maxed settings.
Cons: Large, very, very large. Really the only con I have come across, but it is very large and you will need to make sure it can fit in your case. Also requires a lot of power, but when getting a AMD product, you have to know this ahead of time.
Other Thoughts: Sturdy card for someone looking to get out of the casual gaming range. Will keep FPS games running with high fps on very pleasing settings. Do make sure you have a PSU that can handle it, especially if you are looking to do some basic overclocking. The style can really fit with any case, as it is mostly black and won't change your color scheme. I am looking into a possible issue that is individual to this card alone, but I won't share it as you probably won't ever experience this issue. Again, very pleased with this upgrade and looking forward to using it in higher end games.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nearly everything. First Opening the box was a huge one. When I took it out of the package, I was highly pleased to find a sleekly packed box, neatly wrapped cables, and even a small bag to store unused cables. Cables were plenty long (an issue I previously experienced with Corsair). As I delved further into the product, the power supply is very sturdy, and doesn't feel like anything is getting ready to fall apart. It is semi modular, so if you don't have a higher end system, you might still have a few cables lying loose about your case, but very pleased. And finally, quiet. hardy makes a noise, especially for a PSU with higher wattage.
On a slightly different note, I had initial issues with the power supply (see other thoughts), contacted EVGA, and my worries about using this company instantly vanished. Besides having a 10-20 year old website, my ticket was responded to the same day and right away they were willing to give me a new power supply. Some people might not have been pleased if this was the response they were given, but in my opinion, if a company is willing to make an expense to get the customer what they need, then they just earned my business. Also, they did give me troubleshooting options before offering the replacement.
Cons: Non. I know it's best to find some sort of con to put in a review, but quite honestly, I don't have any. The closest thing I can think of is that the non-modular cables in the PSU, well, there are actually quite a few of them. I mentioned this up above, but if you don't have a high end graphics card, you might have a few cables strewn about, but really, that's what you have to deal with when you don't make the extra expense to buy a fully modular. But really, that isn't a con that should push you away from using this PSU.
Other Thoughts: This review is a followup to my previous review labed Still have High Hopes, but..., so for anyone who didn't read it (probably most people), basically I installed it and when the computer turned on the PSU was making a huge ton of noise. After opening the case to investigate, due to my poor cable management, a unused Berg connecter was stuck in one of the graphics card fans.
So as it turned out, the PSU was never the issue. The graphics card was simply going crazy trying to keep the GPU cool with only one functioning fan. Installed a r9 280x in place of the radeon 7790 and the power still keeps everything running. I wouldn't recommend doing much OC, as I tried a 25% overclock and the PSU ran out of power. Maybe a little boost, but if you are looking for heavy overclocking you will need to look for a Gold power supply. But if you aren't looking for something like that, this PSU will serve you just fine.
Pros: First Opening the box. When I took it out of the package, I was highly pleased to find a sleekly packed box, neatly wrapped cables, and even a small bag to store unused cables. Very please initially with EVGA. Cables were plenty long (an issue I previously experienced with Corsair).
Cons: As I moved on to installing the PSU, everything went smooth. Turned on my computer, and again, everything seemed fine. However, as soon as I opened an application (simple google Chrome) I swear the thing thought it was a jet engine attempting to fly. Immediately I shut down the PC for fear that it was about to blow up.
Other Thoughts: After much research, I discovered that this PSU has a great reputation for being quiet, so I am sure that I just have a defective PSU. Often times I see people dis a component because they get a defective one. People have to realise that there are defective components out there, and eventually you will end up with one. With that, I will say that I am anticipating a 5 Egg in the end, instead of my initial 3 Egg rating. I will be updating this review once I get the problem fixed.READ FULL REVIEW