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XFX Double Dissipation R9-290A-EDFD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The pros are obvious, 4gb gddr5 ram
512 bit bus!!! (Jaw drop)
2560 Stream processors.
Comparable performance to the gtx 970 and r9 290x for a good penny cheaper (I got mine for 269).
One of the most beautiful cards I have worked with.
I like the light up logo even though I need to take off my side panel to stare at it lol.
Catalyst omega is nice, I am having a bit of fun playing with vsr (virtual super resolution).
This is my.... 6th and final xfx card I have had the pleasure of working with in the year of 2014. I have worked with 2 r7 240s 1 280 1 270x black edition (which this replaced) and 1 7870. All of them have been beautifully made cards, and I love xfx. This card will max out any game at 1080p and it will hold its own at 1440p for most games at max settings. 4k is do able too however you will be limited to 30 fps on its hdmi rev 1.4 port.

Cons: Very power hungry. You will want a solid well regarded 630 psu or better with this sucker if you are on a multi rail psu dont try and power all the connections with it on one. If you are on a single rail psu you need at least 48 amps on it. 80+ bronze is a must, but higher is better.
She is fairly long but you know that heading in be sure to pre measure your case. I fit it in my rosewill challenger with some effort.
In the future I would like to see xfx make a light up logo on the side of the card would be a bit easier to see haha.

Other Thoughts: Please read this part:
The 290 and up are enthusiast grade cards. They are not something to just grab and go with.
When installing these, be sure to get the latest drivers from online.

If you are upgrading from a previous graphics card (in my case I was coming from a 270x/7870) You NEED to do a clean uninstall of previous drivers, and this should be done BEFORE you insert this puppy. This is done by going into control panel and finding everything that says amd vision, catalyst control center etc and uninstalling it. If you can find anything in the control panel related to graphics drivers rinse and repeat.

Once the drivers are removed, power down pc insert gpu. It should boot up just fine provided you have a compatiable mobo/chipset I have heard certain older intel chipsets simply will not POST with this card.

From here install the recently downloaded drivers from amd. although the download step can be done at anytime ;)

Failure to do this properly may result in the infamous BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH that is associated with the 290s.

My build:
Fx 8320 I have overclocked it to 4.3 ghz in the past but currently running it at stock as I dont really have a need for it to be faster and I want to take it easier on my psu
r9 290 running stock
2x4 gigs 1600 mhz cl 9 g skill ram
Cooler Master hyper t4 cpu cooler
Gigabyte 990fx ud3 mobo
1 tb WD blue
256 gb Samsung evo ssd
Rosewill Challenger mid atx case
XFX 650 watt pro psu 80+ bronze. I am 3 for 3 with these so far, and I know I am pushing its limit with my build. I have seen up to 480 pulled from the wall so far. If it goes out I will likely go to either 750 or 850 watts.
Windows 8.1 64 bit home premium
I was following the pricing of this card since may of 2014 when it was about 500 now it is down to 300-280 on average if it is above 300 I would say it is not worth it due to how much more effiecient the gtx 970 is. I would also advise if you are already on a fairly high performance card to wait until feb when the r9 300 series gpus drop.

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a fantastic deal for an am3+ board with a 990fx chipset. Great for overclockers and gamers. Plenty of pci lanes including 2 2.0 x 16 lanes for those who want to crossfire or sli. Capable of pushing any fx cpu to their max. Plenty of sata plug-ins with 6 gbps speeds. Looks real awesome. Love the black grey look. This is the lowest I would go if you are thinking of putting in an amd 9000 series fx cpu. Revision 4.0 will support a fx 9370 or a 9590, but I would recommend looking at the ultra durable 7 board from gigabyte for one of those. I love the save profiles that the uefi bios gives ya. I have 3 profiles that I use regularly: 1 default with xmp enabled, 1 for overclocking, and one where I turn my fx 8320 into a quad core for when i am just basic web browsing, although I really dont need to do that since the parking feature does that for the most part for me.

Cons: If you are looking for the fastest boot time possible, this isn't the board for ya. POSTing takes about 3-4 seconds everytime. I would have preferred to not have sideways facing sata ports but that is a meh complaint. Other than that I have no complaints what so ever.

Other Thoughts: If you dont plan to overclock or run sli/crossfire, consider something with a 970 chipset will save you a bit of money.
My build:
Fx 8320
Cooler master hyper t4
Currently a single xfx 270x black edition card
gigabyte 990fx ud3 Rev 4.0
xfx 650 watt pro
256gb Samsun evo ssd
1 tb wd blue
Rosewill challenger case
Windows 8.1 home premium

DELL Inspiron 15 i3542-6666BK Notebook Intel Core i5 4210U (1.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Thin
Dell Keyboard.
Screen looks good!
Boots pretty fast for a 5400rpm harddrive due to windows 8.1 fast boot.
This laptop packs quite a nice punch with its 4th gen haswell core i5. I personally have an i5 3210m in my laptop (2.5-3.1ghz) which sucks double the power and only scores 20 more points in cinebench r15.
i5 4010u: 236
i5 3210m: 256
Very power efficient My girlfriend is able to do 3 sometimes 4 rounds of League of legends before we need to plug it in (about 2 hours-3 hours) otherwise we are seeing as much as 4-6 hours for basic web browsing and paper writing. It is very pleasant to hold and feels very solid. Shiny finish on the sides and a pleasant texture for grip. The integrated graphics are a decent step up in what they are capeable of for this laptop HOWEVER

Cons: 1 stick of 8gb of ram. This is a boost to the average user who is not too worried about graphics output. 1 stick of 8gb of ram will mean a bit less power consumption which adds to more battery life, but since it is not dual channel setup, the integrated graphics take a hit in performance by restricting the memory bus to 64 bit instead of 128. This is not a gaming laptop though so this shouldnt be a bother to most people. My gf is still able to play league with 40-80fps on med high settings (minor stutters).
3 cell battery. I WOULD LOVE to see how long this thing would last if it had a 6 cell battery. Still gets has good battery life and the 3 cell allows this to be fairly lightweight.
Speakers are a little quiet.

Other Thoughts: For an i5 laptop from dell with 8gb of ram and 1 tb of storage, this is a great deal. Highly recommended for someone who wants a fast laptop with decent battery life, and basic graphics output.
Hope this is helpful for people!


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Display Name: Carl T.

Date Joined: 01/20/14

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