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Am not an AMD fanboy by any means,but I lost 3 laptops and one card due to faulty nVidia cards ( 8800 GTX 512 , HP DV6 Special edition 8400 GS, Toshiba satellite 205 Sli1 GT 8600 SLi , and finally my HP DV3 ), My 4 years old Radeon HD 5850 is still going strong,and this card really atracted for its Price/Performance ratio ,so I decided to go with it .
When I decided to buy this card it was fluctuating hard on the price side of the story ,so as an experienced and patient buyer I decided to put it in my shopping cart and wait,check my card every so and a while ,it was selling for roughly 550$ (well above my budget),after 3 days I woke up early in the morning and it was selling for 399 $ ,so it was a no brainer buy.
Now for the good side of the story,this card is really fast ,I was able to achive 100 FPS + in most games ,execuse me for not writing a full review regarding its power cause you can find those review any any tech site ( TomsHardware ,3d Guru ,Anandtech etc...),am only reviewing the consumer experience, and it is fast ,well never let you down in 1920x1080 maxed out in any game ,and that is waht matters.
I never experienced a slow-down issue due to heat capping or throttling ,and this is cause I already know the overheating issue of this card ,so to be clear,this card is not meant for small cases with limited ventilation,I have Cooler Master 690 III case ,and am using a total of 2 140mm Fans on the top, one 120mm fan at the bottom,one 200 mm fan on the front ,beside that I use a closed loop liquid cooling for my CPU with its own 120 mm fan ( Cooler Master Siedon 120v) .My bottom case fan is directed to be intake,so it blows cold air right into the card Blower.
The dark side is that even with all these precautions ,the card still hit 94 degree celesius, I used MSI afterburner to manually throttle the card to maximum 80 degrees,and I didn't feel any noticeable change in frame rates ( with exception of few cases ).
The other downside ,is that AMD's Never settle reloaded bundle is just a scam ,when you hear all these applauses for NSR game bundle and see all the advertisement you will think that it is a guranteed deal if you buy on of the qualified cards,this is just a lie ,unless the dealer you buy from offers you a copoun for the bundle you are not going to get it ,and simple Aamzon was'nt bundling copouns with the high end cards ( 290 and 290x) ,and I didn't know that untill I bought the card,they were offering the bundle only to second tier cards ( R9 280x and below ),so don't be fooled by all the hoax on the internet,it is not guranteed that you are going to get the bundle!!!
For anyone who doesn't care for the heat (some times the noise associated with it) and not interested in the bundle games ,this card is second to none.