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SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 100362VXSR 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support TRI-X OC (UEFI) Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks very attractive and has a nice looking design with cool LED temperature indicator.

Cons: Everything about this card is a con, I have RMA the card already after 34 days of ownership they made me pay the shipping, now I have the new card and it is going constant black screen, Sapphire wants me to wait 2weeks again and pay shipping, this is not a good company to deal with save your self some trouble and think long and hard before you buy this. My experience with this card has been stressful and very heartbreaking when you spend $500.00 on a card you expect it to work better than a $180 xfx 7870 but my 7870 outperforms this card both the old one and the recent RMA, I am in the process of another RMA and I refuse to wait and pay again. I am moving over to the GREEN TEAM after this experience. So hopefully this will help you make your decision after hearing my problems that have been non stop since day 1. I know it is not my system because I have done fresh windows install with both cards and my 7870 works perfectly fine with no problems, I even went so far as to install my friends r9 270x and guess what it works perfect I got smoother game play in games than with the 290

Other Thoughts: Maybe someone else has had a good or will have a experience but not me. Good luck if you press the submit order button. If I could get a refund I would buy a Nvidia 780 not even a Ti I bet that would work just fine.

XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition DirectX 11 FX-787A-CNFC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card does pack a punch for the price it runs all games I can throw at it if you trying to stay on a budget this is the perfect card for the price.

Cons: This card does tend to run a little hot at times when games are set to ultra I changed my cooler to an
Artic Accelero Twin Turbo II that solved and heating problems

Other Thoughts: I get really good frame rates for this card I am very pleased by it and plan to upgrade to a 7970 in the near future XFX is a great card. I am not gonna drop an egg because I had to change the cooler to make me feel safer with the temps they were probably ok I am just picky on temps getting up to 70c it makes me feel uncomfortable.

ARCTIC Accelero TT II VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, Dual Quiet 92mm PWM Fans, SLI/CrossFire
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very quiet at full speed and cools way better than the factory installed cooler. Install was very simple once you understand what to do you have to go over directions a few times and you will have it I definitely recommend this to anybody having a heat problem with their GPU

Cons: It is kinda big so it will take away some room especially if you run SLI or CrossFire. Directions could be a little better presented.

Other Thoughts: This thing did the job for me my xfx 7870 GHz edition was hitting 74c when I would take BF3 to ultra now I only see 42c to 44c. It really is a great solution if you're worried about you GPU getting too hot like I was. Install was very easy it may take you time to figure out what to do but it is not that hard the directions are a little too simplified but you get the just of what to do.


Benjamin b.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin b.

Date Joined: 03/16/13

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/10/13
  • Last Review: 07/28/14
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