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Pros: this is a great and powerful graphic card!
When it works properly.
I have been a long time AMD owner but I just recently learned something the hard way about the 290 series graphic cards.
many users experience black screen problems, for various reasons.
I had owned a 280X previously and a 7850 so I assumed I was good to go, I was wrong.
Cons: A black screen may occur, basically the gaphic card will stop sending a signal to your monitor.
how to fix this?
some suggest its your driver error or motherboard compatibility issue.
some say, it is the 2D to 3D switching and is AMD's fault.
and yet some say it is because graphic card makers are too overzealous, they use memory modules that cannot be run as high as they suggest out of the box in OC editions.
Other Thoughts: I bought one of the earliest cards produced and I spent weeks of anguish trying to diagnose frequent black screen crashes.
My advice, if you update your drivers and it still does not work go ahead and process an RMA.
I sent my card back and they gave me a different repaired one and I have not had a black screen since.
This is a great card and very powerful but please be aware of the notorious black screen.
also this card is VERY LONG I had to remove my hard drive cage in an antec P182.
Also it makes ALOT OF HEAT so be ready to deal with this if you dont have many case fans.
Pros: seems to work fine - I bought a refurbished model
very very low idle temperatures, 5-7c
Cons: nothing bad really
wish it had more cores
Other Thoughts: I've had some llano laptops by HP and ACER which I overclocked to the max and they ran very hot.
this desktop chip is super cold, bench marking at full load it ran around 35c at stock settings.
Pros: quiet case, padded doors
mostly metal with 8 hard drive bays
CPU rear can be accessed to change heatsinks
Cons: I bought this case because it had 8 drive bays and looked to be a silent model case. However, the design has a few flaws. The biggest issue is the hard drives are accessed from the REAR door of the case. That's not too big a deal, but all the SATA cables and wiring must also go through the rear. It is pretty cramped and there was not much space back there to begin with. There really is no passage designed for cables to the drive area, you really just have to squish them in there and hope the rear door panel stays on.
Other Thoughts: The fan is pretty silent but the front door of the case is just a huge a piece of plastic slapped on in front of the fans. I'm sure this reduces cooling, but again, it is moderately silent. It has little screen dust filters but they are NOT removable. You literally have to open the case and pry the whole front panel off to clean them, why? I don't even know. It comes with 2 large fans that look nice, but there doesnt seem to be any speed controls. The fans are pretty weak and do not push much air so be sure to add a 3rd front fan.
If you need to run alot of hard drives look into a nicer case or something that is hot-swappable. Otherwise, go with the cheaper NZXT model since you can't really access the drives in this one easily and save some money. I also have an antec P182 which is why I bought this but the NZXT is far inferior in quality and accessibility. If you just need a little cheap case the NZXT 210 is probably what you are looking for.
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