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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
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -All the standard 290x specs
-30Mhz overclock
-Comes with Battlefield 4 (2 copies, actually)
-At the time of my purchase, the card's price was not inflated, unlike every other vendor's.
-Fan is not that loud. I came from a GTX 670FTW, and it is not appreciably different in volume under load. I play with my open-air chassis PC (InWin D Frame) roughly 3 feet away at head level, and the fan is not audible during a game even in uber mode (quiet mode is essentially silent).
-Card has no issues whatsoever maintaining advertised clocks (1030Mhz), even in quiet mode

Cons: -First card was dead on arrival. Newegg customer service did well getting me a new one. That said, it had the "black screen of death" issue, which is apparently very, very common with these cards.
-All the standard 290x heat (yep, it loads at 93C)

Other Thoughts: Whether you are gaming or mining, this is going to be an impressive card. I don't have an interest in mining myself, but I take comfort in the fact that I could start at any time or sell my card with little loss (or even gain) to someone who is interested. I want to stress again that the fan IS NOT THAT LOUD. I was expecting a turbine, but either driver or bios updates, or some wizardry from Powercolor, has made this a card that is easy to live with. If that is what was holding you back, I would urge you to give it a chance.

One oddity - the "uber mode' does not seem to default to max 55% fan speed, at least not according to overdrive. A different bios, perhaps?

I went ahead and manually allowed that, but it seldom if ever needs to get there, even after a few hours of BF4.

I subtracted one egg because of first DOA card (which is supposedly very common).

IN WIN 901 Black Aluminum / Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case Compatible with ATX PS2 / EPS 12V PSU Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -The build quality is absolutely amazing, with everything made out of glass and metal.
-The brushed body and glass sides are beautiful.
-Hot swappable drive bays
-Plenty of room for a long graphics card
-Space for slim optical drive
-All braided internal cables

Cons: -Only has room for 2x2.5 and 2x3.5 HDDs. Many ITX cases have room for far more
-On a related note, there is a lot of wasted space. There is plenty of room left around the power supply (even with a completely loaded set of cables) that could be used for more 2.5 HDDs. There is a strange gap behind the rear IO that In Win says can be used for external water cooling. I haven't tried it, but I would guess I could fit an h60 with one fan on the inside of the gap.
-Low clearance for an aftermarket heatsink. Make sure yours fits before you buy it.
-1 intake fan and no exhaust make for limited cooling performance
-Space for slim optical drive. No one uses disks anymore and the space could be better used.
-Limited cable management

Other Thoughts: With this case you are sacrificing a certain amount of practicality for aesthetics, but in my opinion it is well worth it. In Win consistently makes beautiful cases that stand out from the crowd and make a statement, and the 901 is no different. It is the perfect case for a vanity home theater PC or a small enthusiast build. I think the price is well worth it for the quality you are getting.

HIS IceQ X² Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 H797QM3G2M 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -The card performed well for about 8 hours.

-The card stayed very cool, and the fan is very quiet.

-Nice packaging, and the exterior build quality of the card seemed good.

Cons: -After those 8 hours, horrific artifacting and screen tearing began. Before that though, there was occasional artifacting when playing back flash content.

-The card had extremely bad coil whine, worse than any card I had encountered before. It was audible over my home theater speakers during games.

-The card did not come with the games that were promised (no coupons or anything).

Other Thoughts: Others (and several websites) implied this car would come at 1050 core, but mine came at 925. Perhaps this is just another symptom of my dud card.

Anyway, I have RMA'd this card for a replacement and am hoping that the next one will be better. I really don't want to judge the 7900 series or HIS poorly, but this is not a good start!


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Display Name: Garrett S.

Date Joined: 05/01/11

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  • First Review: 10/07/11
  • Last Review: 03/19/14
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