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PowerColor TurboDuo AXR9 290 4GBD5-TDHE/OC Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Card works if you use cables directly from power supply. Card seems quite fast on Metro at 1680x1050 with all details up + AA. Raymond seemed friendly and helpful after I contacted him. He suggested updating my PC's bios. I may try this if I see another crash, but after gaming an hour using the 8 pin power, I think I may be all good.

Cons: 6-8 pin adapter. My previous review was a mistake. I apologize to Raymond & Powercolor.

Other Thoughts: I previously left a one-egg review that I am not sure I can remove. I'm leaving a 5 egg review to counter it. When I originally hooked up the video card, my 8 pin power cable was buried deep in my case, while my 2nd 6 pin was near the video card. I used the adapter that came with the card, but the card crashed and I figured it was the card. I think it was actually that cable as I seemed to have solved the crashes after digging deep in my case & running the 8 pin power supply cable directly to the card.

PowerColor TurboDuo AXR9 290 4GBD5-TDHE/OC Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Worked ok for the first 2-3 weeks.

Cons: Started locking up in the middle of playing Torchlight. Game would hang with sound just playing. I'd have to hit the reset button/reboot to recover. Windows System logs said "bugcheck 0x00000117". My system should handle this easily: i5-4570, 16G (2*8GB) ram, 3 hard drives, 2 ssd, Corsair HX 750w power supply. Win7-64. Upgrading drivers didn't fix the issue. Must be hardware, right? System was rock solid stable before "upgrading" from my 6870 -> R9 290.

Other Thoughts: I bought this as it was the cheapest R9 290 on Black Friday, after rebate. I'm probably now out $10-$15 to ship this back and most likely it will be 2'ish weeks until I get another card. If I knew I'd have this issue, I would have spent a little more for a better quality card. I don't overclock anything so I figured something simple/cheap would work.

Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Newegg shipped fast. Packaging much better than the past, but could still be better. Shipped in cardboard box with two plastic inserts to suspend drive in air, and that was in another box with air pillows.

Cons: DOA DOA DOA. Been a long time since I got a DOA drive.

Other Thoughts: Added drive to fileserver and started array repair. It failed. I then ran a smart test & it had an LBA error.


Robert H.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert H.

Date Joined: 12/23/06

  • Reviews: 22
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 01/16/10
  • Last Review: 12/19/14
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