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Ariel G.

Ariel G.

Joined on 11/27/14

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Most Favorable Review

6 mo. No problems.

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE

Pros: This is my 2nd updated review from Nov 2014 - April 2015 I bought a 2nd card today 04/16/15 because I wanted a crossfire setup. I was fine with paying 250 compared to 200 during black Friday. Price 8/10 Performance - 9/10 Reliability 10/10 Noise level 9/10 Value 10/10 Reviews 9/10 I spent a long time reading and studying and reviewing these r9 cards. Check out techshowdown youtube review "Which R9 290 is the best?.." Oct 9, 2014 There is also a great forum thread on overclock.net "R9 290x and 290 owners official club" I have to say at the beginning release of this card there were many complaints about the drivers crashing or not being compatible. As of Nov 2014 I have had ZERO issues with the card overheating, crashing, BSOD...etc. This card has been used 8-12 hours straight while streaming to twitch without any coil whine, overheating, crashing or slowing down in BF4, Evolve, Heroes of the Storm etc. I am sure some of that was true at one time but not anymore.

Cons: none, Seriously! No overheating, no crashing, no BSOD, nothing. This card is great.

Overall Review: This is a great great value. I even overclocked it past the stock 1040mhz to 1120. That's around a 18% boost off the standard(reference) card clock

Updated review Ariel G.

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE

Pros: Overclocking is easy and transparent. Downloaded the easy to find drivers within minutes and I was playing BF4 on Ultra (EVERYTHING) with consistent 60fps! sometimes more. **I have since over clocked this thing like crazygaining almost 15-20% more raw power than the reference AMD R9 290 and about 10% more than the card out of the box. Here are great reviews showing actual testing. Look up the review from 2014 by Sanjin Rados on 2014. Great review look up the review on overlockers by Humbug in APR of 2014 I have almost exactly similar specs to the 2nd review. I have less experience over clocking than both the reviewers and I learned a LOT. I REALLY want to emphasize just how EASY overclocking this card has been. The 3 star rating is underserved and I hope many of you take the time, that I did, and really try to read thru the stuff that most people post on here and give this card a bad review.*

Cons: I wish I could afford two! LOL

Overall Review: I noticed A LOT of people were having problems with this card. From what I gather, the BIOS settings have been updated on all current cards and now there is no issues. These reviews with 0 or 1 stars I believe are not current anymore as people have not updated the fact that this is not an issue anymore. I had no problem getting the card installed and playing within 20 minutes.

12/11/2014

AMAZING!

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE

Pros: Runs Great no issues. I bought mine Black Friday 2014. Overclocking is easy and transparent. Downloaded the easy to find drivers within minutes and I was playing BF4 on Ultra (EVERYTHING) with consistent 60fps! sometimes more.

Cons: none so far!

Overall Review: I noticed A LOT of people were having problems with this card. From what I gather the BIOS settings have been updated on all current cards and now there is no issues. These reviews with 0 or 1 stars I believe are not current anymore as people have not updated the fact that this is not an issue anymore. I had no problem getting the card installed and playing within 20 minutes. My specs 750w PSU From Alienware Sabretooth 990fx Rev 1 Gskill 16gb DDR 3 and now the R9 290