Joined on 04/21/16
Pros: Brought my 290 down from 95C to 55-60C on load, 30ish on idle.
Cons: heavy, it will bend your card especially with 2 fans on it, I had to use zip ties to suspend it like a floating ceiling before I felt safe with it on my card but I do feel that the incredibly performance of this card outweighs this con
Overall Review: You could probably buy a third party bracket to help with the droop but I feel like one should be included.
Pros: -Runs great| -looks really good in person
Cons: While I wasn't expecting it, it doesn't auto-boost to 1866 like claimed nor does it seem to really like overclocking, Although I think I might have just gotten an odd set because I've been buying Kingston only until this year since 2001 and I've always been able to overclock it amazingly.
Mine worked fine
Pros: I keep seeing a lot of reviews of this that say they're so iffy but mine worked perfectly, the only issue I had was when I tried to used a 1x to 16x adapter to add a video card but then again this is not made for that, the celeron is surprisingly good in a normal desktop enviroment but I would suggest only using something like this for tiny servers/routing(pfsense) or maybe a small nas where you dont needs lots of ram, like not for ZFS stuff
Cons: While I said it wasn't neccesary it would be cool if this did work with a video card with an adapter (it might, it could have been my card) also I wish this had more memory slots as I do believe the chip supports dual channel and you do ever so slightly notice it when it's missing.
Best bang for your buck
Pros: Fast, Runs anything in 1080, can handle 1440 really well but I'd keep this card in the 1080 only category. While it's not super cool it's nowhere near as bad as the 290 was. AMD is definitely making advances.
Cons: Fans don't get loud (but then again I had a 290) but it seems like adding rpm's doesn't really cool it anymore then just letting it go slow or auto speed, which also keeps the rpms pretty low, so if you're thinking you dont mind loud and that youll get lower temps by cranking the fan, doesnt really seem that way. That's probably my only con besides not having an 8 pin but the 6 pin on this is set in a way where it can handle 8-pin wattage.
Overall Review: Wish the cooler had more copper but it works fine as it, I would definitely slap an aftermarket cooler on but it's not desperately needed.