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Pros: I can play Far Cry 4 and BF4 on absolute max, and boy does this card make games look pretty. I also wanted to write this review after GTA V for PC being released and I have been able to run the game on max everything @ 60 fps at 1080p. It makes GTA look so beautiful, I love this card it handles everything I've thrown at it with relative ease.
Cons: It has a newer more custom cooler on it, its still pretty loud when you get it up to 100%, but I knew what I was getting myself into. I'm not a big fan of the colors but that's not enough to doc an egg, I'll probably paint the shroud to match my case in a year or two when the warranty runs out. I've had the card for 2 months now and still haven't received my rebate which is disappointing considering this is my first experience with Sapphire. Also, this card runs HOT, so don't be frightened by the 65-70c temps. I used MSI afterburner and set a custom fan curve, so that the fans are at 100% at 65c to preserve it, I'm being paranoid and careful.
It's a full 4gb of VRAM! yay!
Other Thoughts: I upgraded from an MSI R9 270x 2 gb card and I'm glad I did, it was worth the money and has changed my gaming experience on the PC. I probably will buy another one of these card in the future maybe in a few years when my system is dated and upgrade my PSU too. If you're worried about power for this card, I've seen some specs of people running it with a 650w so you could get by maybe, it is a power hungry card (don't cry about the extra 25 cents a month for electricity, I'm talking to you nvidia fan boys). All in all, I love this card, I would recommend it to a friend and would buy it again, I'm also glad I got it on sale. If you can get a better deal on a 970 get that just for the sake of noise level and power consumption but I'm an AMD lover and probably will be for a while.
For those curious of my set up:
FX-8320 OC'd to a mild 4.0 ghz
16gb GSkillz ARIES 1866 mhz RAM
Sapphire R9 290x Tri-X
EVGA 750w G2 PSU
Fractal Design R4 case w/ 5 fans
120gb Samsung EVO SSD
1.5 TB WD 5200rpm HDD
1.0 TB WD 7200rpm HDD
Pros: It's a great hard drive. I have all my games on it. Works great and does it's job. 7200 rpm is ideal for gaming if you're not going to use an SSD.
Other Thoughts: When I hooked it up my computer did not recognize it but after using the device setting through control panel in windows I was able to find it and get it working. There are many guides online to fix this or resolve the issue.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very impressed with the build quality over all, the cables aren't flimsy, the connectors are excellent. I put this in a Fractal Design R4 with ease. This PSU replaced my noisy, cheap, Rosewill RD700. This was quite the leap in quality if you ask me. You can't also argue with the price when it's competitors are at the $120-160 price point, plus rebate check!? (I bought it for $110) EVGA has done a great thing with this PSU, and the others who reviewed this will reflect that. One other buying point was the 10 year warranty that comes with this bad boy, I was very impressed, a full decade of warranty if it goes bad? that in itself, should be a selling point. If you're torn between anything else and this, buy this.
Pushes my 8320, R9 270x, and 3 drives with ease, I will be expanding in the future with dual 270x's. Great PSU
Cons: Geez, I know this is over used, but it doesn't cook or clean?
Otherwise, absolutely none.
Other Thoughts: When comparing it with it's competitors you see that it has just as many features, if not more. Fully modular, all black cables, doesn't switch on the fan until 40C, build quality is excellent. Just all in all it's a great PSU and I would recommend it to anyone doing a mid level build.READ FULL REVIEW