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GIGABYTE Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 GV-R929OC-4GD 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: After installing this, my computer kept crashing. Temps were fine. I thought it might be my power supply, so I bought a new one. It still would randomly crash. I declocked the card and it was more stable with few crashes. Finally, I decided to load SAPPHIRES BIOS onto the card. It has not crashed once in almost 4 months and gives me the same exact FPS in games.

Cons: gigabyte has horrible QA. I will never buy another product from them.

and yes I had gigabyte's latest bios for the card.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler, CW-9060016-WW
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Keeps things cool

Cons: When this arrived the cover for the pump with the prepasted thermal paste was off and the past had been smeared up against the plastic.

Not a big deal right? So I installed it anyways. Turn the system on to find out one of the fans is going bad. It makes a horrible buzzing sound.

Other Thoughts: Where is the quality control these days? Things shipping out in such horrible condition.

GIGABYTE Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 GV-R929OC-4GD 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I received one with It came with Hynix memory. It is version 1.0. Very powerful video card with a great stock OC. Clock for Clock it is faster than my XFX 290. Newegg gave me a 10% off discount and a rebate, making it really cheap. That's why I went with Gigabyte. Runs cooler compared to XFX 290 card.

Cons: Card is the heaviest card I have EVER used. It is so heavy that in a horizontal mounting position on a vertical installed motherboard sags so much that the fans begin to have higher than engineered torsion loads on them, causing them to grind. Adding support to the card immediately releases the stress on the fans, and they quiet down.

This card is not that quiet at idle, and is very loud at while running video games. Also, the fans noise is at a constant rpm has weird harmonics causing a harmonic dissonance sound, like singers when they are out of tune. (lol I don't know how to explain that better)

Since, I have installed it, my computer has crashed 5 times. I had made some adjustments to memory and CPU speeds, at the time I installed the card, so i blamed it on that, however; I set memory and CPU speeds back to stock and the computer just crashed again. So now I believe it's the video card. I'm going to give it one more try before returning it to Newegg. Others have been having the same problems with crashes. I think i'll just buy a XFX card again, so I don't get any surprises.

Other Thoughts: I have a XFX 290, and a XFX 7850. The quality control from that company puts gigabyte ( the mainstream company) to shame. The XFX 290 is more quiet and my computer has not crashed in over 3 months with it installed. XFX 7850, I used for almost 2.5 years and not one single crash.


SAM W.'s Profile

Display Name: SAM W.

Date Joined: 12/03/02

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 04/17/07
  • Last Review: 02/14/15
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