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SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100362VXSR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support TRI-X OC (UEFI) Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I replaced my 2 7850s with this and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The other two cards were great but I'd had them for 2 years and their age was starting to show with newer games. This plays GW2, ESO, Heavily Modded Skyrim, BF4, you name it, on max settings, 1080p and 60+ fps.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I've read a lot about the superior cooling of this card over other R9 290s. If that's the case, then don't buy any other R9 290. It's not bad but it still runs fairly hot. I'd hate to see what a 290 with the reference cooler is like.

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Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina 14g Premium Ceramic, Polysynthetic thermal compound  AA-14G
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I'm surprised how well this works. When from using the stock thermal paste on the Corsair H75 to this and my cpu runs about 3-4C cooler.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have always just used the paste that comes with the cooler and I have never had any issues. I bought this because I recently purchased the Corsair H75 for my FX-8350 and it just wasn't working. I applied this paste and it made a huge difference.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 CW-9060015-WW Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120 MM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It looks a lot nicer than the pineapple sized air cooler I was using before. Installation was easy. Cheaper than some air coolers.

Cons: It doesn't come with a backplate for AMD. Not a huge deal, I fortunately always keep the oem backplates and hardware when I install an aftermarket cooler but it would have been nice for them to include one.
It doesn't cool as well as I was expecting. I went to this from the Zalman CNPS12X and that cools a lot better than this does. Now, yes, it's massive but it has to be as an air cooler. That would never let my cpu temps go above 50C under load. I think with prime95 running for about an hour, it went up to 52C and that isn't even a real world situation. You will never max out cpu load for an hour straight so that is still pretty good. The H75 lets it get up to about 54C when gaming. At idle, it's about 40-41C. When I power it on, if I do nothing but let windows boot, it will run around 37C but as soon as I start doing anything, the goes up to 40-41C and stays there. Not bad but the Zalman kept it around 38-39C when not gaming or putting heavy loads on the cpu. If you want a smaller cooler and maybe something quieter, this is a good choice. If you're overclocking or doing series gaming and things that heavily tax your cpu, go with a different cooler.

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shelby p.'s Profile

Display Name: shelby p.

Date Joined: 02/26/08

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 09/28/13
  • Last Review: 07/22/14
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