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SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100362VXSR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support TRI-X OC (UEFI) Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Powerful and good design. Handled pretty much anything I could throw at it flawlessly.
- Pretty neat color changing base on temperature. Although mine usually stay yellow/green all the time (see cons)
- Card run quiet on idle. Very quiet.

Cons: Hot. Very hot card. Feel like sitting next to an oven so I ended up buying a set of long DVI cables and put the PC across the room in a well ventilation area. The case has almost 7 fans (3 of them are 200mm) running to pull out interior heat. Card sit idle at around 43-46*C which is good. However, as soon as I start playing some high end game, it shot up to around 70 and stay there. So far within the first week, card has gone up to over 80 degree Celsius once (by TriXX measure) and crash the game I'm playing. First time for this to happen so I will continue to monitor this issue.

Other Thoughts: Have a Sapphire Dual-X Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384bits that run very excellent and at lower temperature in my case. Which motivated me to upgrade for this card. So far, the experience is still hanging between positive and negative. Could use other thoughts about the card's high temperature.

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Interiors can be well organized because it is spacious, depend on your PSU. It is a big case. You can be either picky by running your wires & cables neatly through the interior plus the back, or you can be lazy and just tie up everything so no wire & cables stuck with one of the fan.
- came with 4 pre-installed fan, plus three more available pre-made locations to install a 120-140mm and two 200mm fans.
-Screws are organized in bags as to not get mixed up. came with some hangers to run your cables or liquid cooler around.
-Most stuff are easily removed as to adjust the case to your liking. I did messed around with several areas.
-Case looks nice. Love it.

Cons: -USB 3.0 port not working. Didn't check when I first got it until a week later. Had to yank it out and replace with another USB 3.0 port from my old case. Make sure you check everything.
-Screws missing. Not a whole lot important in my case since I don't use most of them as other stuff I bought included some screws too.
- The 200mm fan, blue light died after the 2nd week, or even earlier. Have a heat sink glowing blue too so I didn't notice until I put another 200mm fan in and realize it.

Other Thoughts: Spent so much time messing around with the new toy. Don't want to send it back for minor issues.

SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Compare to my old 7770. This is a nice upgrade at a decent price. The card running more quiet than I thought and no split second loading when playing Skyrim at high ENB settings. So far so good.

The delivery is fast....way too fast than I expected because I wasn't plan on buying a new power supply (my old one only has one 8 pin and one 6 pin) and a new case (it get a little crowded). Overall, I'm happy with my purchase...for now.

Cons: Big. That would be expected from a 7970 in comparison to my old Radeon HD 7770.....

Game reward-wise. Couldn't pick any of the title they have to offer, so I gave the code away anyway.

Other Thoughts: At first run, one of the fan doesn't spin. Thought I ended with a bad product. However, turned out one of the 4x 6+2 pins on my new power supply isn't working properly. Changing the connector make the card work flawlessly thus far..


Tien M.'s Profile

Display Name: Tien M.

Date Joined: 10/06/13

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 11/11/13
  • Last Review: 06/29/14
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