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This review is from: SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 100361SR 4GB GDDR5 Video Card
Pros: This is a fantastic card. Super high frame rates, really a monster performer. AMD should rightly be very proud of this card.
It runs very hot, but its designed to. Even reference designs like this can run at lower than the max temps if you push some cool air into/onto the card.
Don't hesitate to buy this design if the price is right.
Performance wise, the R9 290x is 5 eggs, but all deductions are from the manufacturers selfish warranty choices.
Worst, bar none, "support" of any manufacturer of this card.
I've bought a half dozen or so of these cards, and as a hobby system builder, I'm VERY familiar with all of the manufacturers warranty. Sapphire is the ONLY manufacturer that flatly refuses warranty coverage without "approved" original receipt. And, their warranty is only a single year. Buy ANY OTHER manufacturers card. Don't support these unsavory manufacturers.
Deduct all 3 eggs for the worst warranty coverage available of all manufacturers.
Other Thoughts: Read the purposely open ended warranty invalidation reasons. Even simply removing the heat sink voids their warranty, so replacing the stock cooler with a much better design will void Sapphires already terrible, short, 2 year warranty.
Avoid Sapphire for high heat, high failure risk cards like these.
Pros: A few dollars less than a non refurb, absolutely not worth the risk because its guaranteed to die.
Cons: Tried two of these, several months apart, both died suddenly and for no reason whatsover. No warranty coverage after 90days means you WILL be out however much you paid, in less than 4 months because the drive WILL die prematurely.
Other Thoughts: Its obvious, to me, the sellers are completely aware of the fact these drives are guaranteed to die, otherwise they wouldn't refuse to offer an extended warranty for a fee. Extended warranties are USUALLY a guaranteed win for the retailer, except in cases where the product is guaranteed to fail....Very telling that refurb SSD's are pretty much the only product where there is universally no extended warranty options available for purchase.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheaper than a fully warranted drive.
Cons: Essentially, NO WARRANTY.
I bought a refurb SSD thinking it shouldn't be much of a risk since there are no moving parts. It failed totally and completely at the 6 month mark. Since it was past the 90day warranty period, my money was flushed down the toilet.
Other Thoughts: Seriously, don't waste your money on something that NEEDS at least a 3 year warranty, they were returned for a reason, and your chances of getting a "good" one are slim to none.READ FULL REVIEW