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This review is from: COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Silent Case Fan
-They Move Air
Cons: Loud...really, really loud. (Almost twice as loud as the same fans that I purchased 4 years ago)
Other Thoughts: I mounted a pair of these on the side of my case. I opted for two small fans over one larger fan because my GPU sits very low in the case, and this configuration, while moving less air, hits the GPU more directly.
I immediately noticed that these fans are very loud - almost twice the volume of the same model fans that I installed in the top of my case 4 years ago.
I only purchased these fans because I misplaced the other two that came in the package 4 years ago, but of course after installing these new ones I came across the old pack - I immediately installed the two older fans, and what a difference they made.
I considered trying to RMA/return these, but for the cost it's simply not worth it. I'll hold on to them to drop into PC builds down the road where I need a little extra air.
My advice - buy the largest single fan that you can install in the slot, and don't go cheap on the fan. You get what you pay for.
Pros: - Price (was $199 after rebate when I purchased it)
- Speed: Insanely fast for the money. It'll run every game on the market at 60fps on max settings if the rest of your hardware is somewhat up to date.
- Build Quality: Seems very solid, especially in comparison to my Sapphire HD 6970 that this replaces.
Cons: Fan: As others have mentioned, this card (like so many other AMD cards) gets wicked hot. It's a common characteristic of AMD in general. The card will shoot up to 85-90°C when doing any processing whatsoever, and the single fan will kick in to try to compensate. The user has two options: Let the card run hot, or go into your OverDrive settings and manually allow the card to run at a higher fan speed - I chose the latter, hoping to get more life out of my card.
Allowing the fan to run at 70% speed instead of 35% speed increases the volume significantly, but also cools the card by 10-15°C.
Other Thoughts: This card is solid, and unlike some others, I don't regret my purchase at all. I'll knock it down one star for the fan noise, but that's what you get for saving $100 on the card - If you want a quieter R9 290, spend the extra $$ and buy a card with multiple fans and a larger heat sink. This card is designed to pump out tons of power for the dollar, and it doesn't fail to deliver.
If you're worried about noise, plan on sticking your computer case out of the way where the fan won't be next to your ear, or plan on investing in a nice set of headphones (always a good idea for a better gaming experience).
Pros: - Cheap
- Low Power Consumption
- Low Profile
- 1080 Resolution
Cons: Not going to do well with high end gaming applications...
Other Thoughts: I purchased this card to provide an HD video feed from a media center PC. For that application, it fits the bill perfectly. If my primary goal was to game, I would look at spending no less than $100 on a decent GPU, although I wouldn't be surprised if this card will play games at reasonable FPS on medium-ish settings.READ FULL REVIEW