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XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Edition (4GB, GDDR5) (DELIVERED) £266.33 @ AriaPC
XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Edition (4GB, GDDR5) (DELIVERED) £266.33 @ AriaPC

XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Edition (4GB, GDDR5) (DELIVERED) £266.33 @ AriaPC

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Say what you will about Aria, but this is the cheapest R9 290 I have seen to date. According to many reviewers, these new XFX coolers are a lot better than their previous ones, so XFX doubters may feel a bit better.

Great bang for buck, almost matching the performance of a GTX 780 for a fraction of the price.

Should come with three 3 games through AMD Never Settle Forever program.

£290 on Amazon.

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Excellent price...Must...resist...

Me..too....

Couldn't resist...I feel dirty now...

That's a good price for a new GPU, pity AMD catalyst drivers are crap. Just remember if you've got windows 8 and upgrading to 8.1 don't let it install Microsoft own graphic card drivers as you will get the black screen of death after you try to install AMD drivers again. Windows tries to look for the Microsoft drivers and fails at boot

Also remember to enable graphics overdrive in catalyst and set maximum fan speed to 80% to prevent the gpu from throttling.

worth mentioning that xfx have the worst UK customer service available. ive been trying to contact them for 3 weeks and only had one reply with no follow up.

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Ollyj

worth mentioning that xfx have the worst UK customer service available. … worth mentioning that xfx have the worst UK customer service available. ive been trying to contact them for 3 weeks and only had one reply with no follow up.



Do your warranty through the retailer and tell them XFX sent you.

Seems ok reviews very mixed on the temperatures some say its hitting over 90c st stock but even my msi gaming hits 85c overclocked.

keepitonthelow

Seems ok reviews very mixed on the temperatures some say its hitting over … Seems ok reviews very mixed on the temperatures some say its hitting over 90c st stock but even my msi gaming hits 85c overclocked.



It should run at 90c without any problems but if it goes higher it will throttle. I'd recommend setting it's top limit to 80c to be safe and just let the fan controller ramp the fan speeds up to 80% to keep the card and case cool. Remember to select uber mode if your card supports it aswell and to give the pc plenty of room at the back to kick the heat out.

Dabs have this card for £274.99 with an XFX Warpad Gaming Mat.

The Warpad usually sells for about £27 by it's self, so you're basically getting it for £6 when you figure in the price difference between Aria and Dabs. Also, Dabs are slightly cheaper if you're buying 2 cards to crossfire: 549.98 vs £550.72.

Edit: I just realized that Dabs card is actually the 'Black Edition', which is slightly faster than Aria's card.


Edited by: "tidal" 12th Jul 2014

tidal

Dabs have this card for £274.99 with an XFX Warpad Gaming Mat.The Warpad … Dabs have this card for £274.99 with an XFX Warpad Gaming Mat.The Warpad usually sells for about £27 by it's self, so you're basically getting it for £6 when you figure in the price difference between Aria and Dabs. Also, Dabs are slightly cheaper if you're buying 2 cards to crossfire: 549.98 vs £550.72.Edit: I just realized that Dabs card is actually the 'Black Edition', which is slightly faster than Aria's card.



Need to keep those bad boys separated by atleast 1 slot or water cool them That's a lot of heat to push out.

This is the scary truth about where the heat goes off these cards

linustechtips.com/mai…iv/
Edited by: "kester76" 12th Jul 2014

kester76

Need to keep those bad boys separated by atleast 1 slot or water cool … Need to keep those bad boys separated by atleast 1 slot or water cool them That's a lot of heat to push out.



I'm hoping the unique layout of my Silverstone FT02 will help disperse the heat efficiently, otherwise, yeah, I'm going to have to watercool those suckers. Watercooled cards look cooler anyway.

tidal

I'm hoping the unique layout of my Silverstone FT02 will help disperse … I'm hoping the unique layout of my Silverstone FT02 will help disperse the heat efficiently, otherwise, yeah, I'm going to have to watercool those suckers. Watercooled cards look cooler anyway.



If I had the money I would water cool the lot and bolt the radiator externally. Just make sure you don't overlook the vrm's cause they get damn hot too if you OC

f2k8

Do your warranty through the retailer and tell them XFX sent you.



your retailer will ignore your request after 12 months.

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naodai_mmx

your retailer will ignore your request after 12 months.



Depends on who your retailer is, if its one of the good ones, you'll get a replace within maximum of a month.

XFX are one of the worst GPU manufacturers next to VTX, their coolers are just awful (have the 7870 xt and runs at 98 c with 100% fan speed).

Nice looking card

f2k8

Depends on who your retailer is, if its one of the good ones, you'll get … Depends on who your retailer is, if its one of the good ones, you'll get a replace within maximum of a month.



Even amazon. See what they reply regarding warranty of a graphic card:

All electronic items purchased from Amazon.co.uk come with a one year … All electronic items purchased from Amazon.co.uk come with a one year warranty from the manufacturer, unless otherwise stated.We currently don't offer an extended warranty on the electronics items sold on our website. If the details on the Product Description page state that the item has a warranty greater than 12 months, then this warranty is with the manufacturer and not Amazon.co.uk. If you believe you are eligible under this warranty you'll need to contact the manufacturer directly.I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.Did I solve your problem?If yes, please click here:http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/survey?p=A1NE118E8WJN42&k=hyIf no please click herehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/survey?p=A1NE118E8WJN42&k=hnTo contact us about an unrelated issue, please visit the Help section of our website: http://www.amazon.co.uk/helpWarmest regards,Michael M.Amazon.co.ukYour feedback is helping us build Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company.



And Quote Aria

We aim to reassure our customers in every way possible when they make a … We aim to reassure our customers in every way possible when they make a purchase from Aria Technology. Right from the start of purchasing a product we ensure that it is of the top quality and at the right price. In order to further set our customers mind at ease then we provide a standard Aria warranty of 12 months on our products, unless otherwise stated. For example, if you purchase an item from the Aria Bargain Basement then these products are sold with a limited warranty which is normally between 30 and 90 days. If you have warranty that is direct with the manufacturer, e.g. in situations where you need to arrange an on-site visit, the please browse through our Manufacturer Details page for information on how to contact the manufacturer.



Funny enough if you go to their Manufacturer Details and click XFX link, then go to support - XFX warranty, they only describe North America warranty. You cannot find a single word about warranty in Europe, let alone UK. Good luck.

So basically your retailer will look after you (if they really care about customers) for the first 12 months then you deal with manufacturer. And sometimes you can ask for more if the retailer is a good one, for example, Amazon. Not sure Aria will do so after 12 months, highly doubt it.

Edited by: "naodai_mmx" 13th Jul 2014

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naodai_mmx

Even amazon. See what they reply regarding warranty of a graphic card:And … Even amazon. See what they reply regarding warranty of a graphic card:And Quote AriaFunny enough if you go to their Manufacturer Details and click XFX link, then go to support - XFX warranty, they only describe North America warranty. You cannot find a single word about warranty in Europe, let alone UK. Good luck.So basically your retailer will look after you (if they really care about customers) for the first 12 months then you deal with manufacturer. And sometimes you can ask for more if the retailer is a good one, for example, Amazon. Not sure Aria will do so after 12 months, highly doubt it.



If that's the case, go the Amazon returns route. Buy a new one from Amazon, take the new one and put your old broken one in the box, and say it came damaged. Win/win.
Edited by: "f2k8" 13th Jul 2014

f2k8

If that's the case, go the Amazon returns route. Buy a new one from … If that's the case, go the Amazon returns route. Buy a new one from Amazon, take the new one and put your old broken one in the box, and say it came damaged. Win/win.



nasty tips.

Original Poster

naodai_mmx

nasty tips.



Let's just call it an 'extended warranty' between me and you
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