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PowerColor Radeon R9 290X DirectX 11.2 AXR9 290X 4GBD5-MDHG/OC 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support OC Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price (got it for around 400 before the price spikes), has higher stock clock than most other reference 290 cards. Been running strong for months now under constant use, but I go easy on all my cards and always ensure adequate cooling. I waterblocked mine to take full advantage of the card capabilities without throttling.

Cons: Of course depending on the specific application, temps can get rather high and battling this by blasting the fan can help somewhat, but doing so creates a lot of noise and for the power conscience user, increases the power consumption. I also have another 290 Ref. from Gigabyte and I could never get crossfire to work properly between the two. Can't say if it's my particular setup or an incompatibility between the two cards, but I have spent more than enough time just getting all my cards to work correctly in windows and this is just frivolous for my purposes. Card was voltage locked as well, but using afterburner you can fine-tune it to some degree which I found helps with the cards' throttling.

Other Thoughts: The heat problem was my biggest concern, so I bit the bullet and waterblocked both of my 290 cards and it has become a non-issue now, with temps that usually never get over 50C under full load and overclocked, and around 28-30C at idle.

ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectX 11.2 R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: slim design, efficient gpu cooling, power led indicators. The price was right in my case as I grabbed one soon after release, which is about 100 less than it is now :-)

Cons: bios locked voltage, the only way around this is to use afterburner to force a lower voltage. I was extremely disappointed when I realized that there is no bios switch so playing around with different bios, or even updating an official one, is not an option because I don't want the risk of bricking a card that is already working.

Other Thoughts: Card has been used quite frequently for mining, and I would be hard pressed to get the hashrate to 700. I haven't taken the time to try and fine tune it as ~670khs is satisfying enough when compared to my 7950. Some say they get 700+, and maybe it's possible, but I backoff when temps get close to 70C. Forcing voltage down to around 1055mv seems to work the best for me, and I can easily run it averaging around 60C.

Rosewill RBR1000-MS - BRONZE Series - 1000-Watt Active PFC Power Supply - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze, Semi-Modular Cable Design, ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V, SLI & CrossFire Ready
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It has handled at least 750W+ draw for extended periods of time, which is only 75% of its rated capacity. It was also nice to get a bag to store all the unused modular cables in.

Cons: The cable sleeves are very stiff and caused me some frustration when attempting to position my graphic cards outside the case as it would tend to pull the card to one side. Eventually found a way to make it work, but it did cause some headaches at first. Might also be an issue for those with tight spaces.


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Display Name: Daniel H.

Date Joined: 11/23/13

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/10/14
  • Last Review: 09/24/14
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