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This review is from: Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra + Cleaning kit
Pros: -Fairly easy install
-dropped cpu temp under load by a solid 2-3c. I was using a near top of line paste before so I think this is a great improvement.
Cons: -Applying this stuff can quickly become a pain once both brushes are caked from brushing the paste. I used both brushes just for my cpu. When I went to apply it to my heatsink, I had to go find a spare paint brush in my garage because neither brush was capable of spreading the paste evenly or effectively.
-Very little included from what I have experienced with other brands. I was surprised to realize I couldn't squeeze any more out after just doing my cpu and cpu heatsink with a little on my mosfet heatsink. Still worth it to me though.
Pros: -First and foremost, the drivers are good! I haven't been with the red for the last 5 years and cannot believe how far they have come software wise.
-Eyefinity drivers are flawlessly wonderful. Easily disable and enable your other displays in Eyefinity without having to run through the calibration process every time.
The card itself:
- Water cooling works better than I expected. I have run pre-built water cooling loops before that were for cpu and was not impressed, but I guess that is because it's hard to compete with the monstrous air-coolers certain manufacturers are making for cpu's. The size of the air cooler that would be needed to compete with this water cooling setup on this card would be monstrous. I haven't seen temps over 55c. Of course if temps do get bad, it would be easy to rig up another fan in push/pull.
-If a game doesn't run right with xfire, just disable it and enjoy the power of a single water-cooled, binned 290X. I was surprised how big of a jump just a single 290X was over my previous GTX680. Most of the time I have found it powerful enough to push 5988x1200(bezel corrected) with xfire disabled.
-When xfire works, prepare to be blown away. Metro: Last Light runs unbelievably well. At 5988x1200, I'm getting more than double the framerate I had with my GTX680.
Cons: -The power of the card may not be apparent in some games until you do a little configuring. The main issue is xfire being enabled in games that do not run well with it. Simply setting up a profile(by going into CCC, then clicking Gaming/3D application settings/Add and then searching a game's directory for the exe file) and disabling crossfire can go a long way.
-Why they do not allow you to disable crossfire for all applications at once is beyond me.
Other Thoughts: -I feared I would regret this purchase, but that fear was completely expunged by the unbroken product that this is.
Keep up the great work AMD!
Pros: -The sheer amount of quality this product radiates is overwhelming.
-All of the hardware you need and more. I literally have bags full of stuff I didn't need.
-Looks beautiful inside of the case.
-Have yet to hear it and I'm running an OC 8350 with R9 295x2(so pulling lots of amps!)
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