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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290X DirectX 11.2 AXR9 290X 4GBD5-PPDHE 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Love the card and the look. Going to be water cooling it and the look almost makes me want to not (almost). So far it holds Tomb Raider, FF14 ARR and ESO at 60 FPS no problem with Eyefinity. To test I took off the block to go over 60 FPS on FF14 ARR and benchmarked it, this is what I got...
Frames, Time (ms), Min, Max, Avg
241271, 3303031, 42, 136, 73.045
..and that's running triple monitor Eyefinity at 5888x1080
..not bad. Also the card never broke 71c. A nice step up from my HD 7970 that always ran at 80c and couldn't hit that FPS. As far as my card, I don't hear it at all. In fact, I hear my rear exhaust fan the most and the definitely is no coil noise.

Cons: None as of yet. Hopefully there will not be any

Other Thoughts: When you take it out of the package and hold it in your hand you will say to yourself "YEEEESS!! POWER!"
Almost twice the thickness of my HD 7970 I took out.
When I first installed the card, my motherboard (Gigabyte G1 Assassin 2) would not even post, nothing would turn on except for my computer fans. I naturally thought the card was DOA. Then when I put my old card back in, my computer came on with a motherboard error saying my motherboard BIOS is corrupted. After playing with it for awhile I decided to flash the motherboard with the latest updates. After flashing and reinstalling the new card my computer came on no prob.
Also then had to format my computer because the flash then corrupted my boot partition. Many hours later I was up and running great.
None of this is any reason to take off an egg rating because it was neither the card or computers fault, just motherboard needed to be updated. Just wanted to add that story in incase someone else runs into the same issue.
Hope all of this helps

IN WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 - 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Completely amazing case! Looks even better when you actually get it (as I've heard). Fans are NOT loud, it is all what is to be expected when you have that many fans runnings and a large side one.

Cons: None

MSI Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 R7970-2PMD3GD5 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: Great card! I havnt put it under too much testing yet but out of my girlfriend and my games it pushes Sims 3, Diablo 3, WOW and Tera on highest settings no problem.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: HUGE gpu, make sure you have plenty of room.


Mark A.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark A.

Date Joined: 08/27/08

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 10/04/12
  • Last Review: 06/24/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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