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This review is from: XFX R9290AENFC Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card
Pros: - Good price for this performance relative to the 290x and 780.
Cons: Runs hot, but as long as it's truly designed for low to mid 90s, I don't really care.
Other Thoughts: I had a difficult time deciding between the 290x, 290, and 780. I tried a 780, but had to return it due to a defect. Then I went through the whole decision again. I finally settled on the 290 reference card. I was very concerned about noise, and whether the card performs as well as the reviews say it should.
It performs very well, and I hardly hear it when playing games with the fan at 49%. I OC'ed right away by 10%, and it rarely drops from the 1054 OC rate. It does run in the upper 80s to 94C for me.
I tested it out on new and very old games (DOS ones from gog), and compatibility seems just fine. Moving from an older crossfire setup, games seem smoother, and the min FPS is higher.
I am quite happy with the purchase. Also, I did get BF4 promotion.
Pros: Stock item can be OCed quite a bit.
Cons: Under power options, I have my monitor set to turn off after 15 minutes. Once this happens, any 3D game I play will have severe tearing or flickering. Rebooting will solve the problem.
Other Thoughts: My computer is on throughout the day as I use it off and on. I don't feel like rebooting every time I want to play a game, so I will most likely rma this back to newegg if my support query doesn't resolve anything.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Has run very stable for me thus far. No problems.
Cons: Really haven't found too any cons yet, other than price.
Other Thoughts: I just got this, and I thought I write a review about my overclocking results after having seen a review about stock cards O/Cing quite well.
I played at normal speed for a few hours without a hitch, then I went with 1000 MHz core clock, and 1500 MHz memory clock. Played for 2-3 hours without a glitch or even a hiccup. Under load while playing SWTOR, the temps have been between 70C and 75C after setting the O/C back to 950 mhz and 1400 mhz.
When I set the fan to 50% constant, the temp dropped to about 57C. At that speed, it was a bit louder than I care for, but it wasn't obnoxious. I will probably use a 3rd party tool to configure a custom fan profile.
I tested some other games out. Metro 2033 was impressive on 4xAA and very high settings. Ran smooth. Older games looked good as well like Alpha Centauri.