Since purchasing the R9 290 back in March 2015, I’ve had nothing but issues with it. The first card lasted one month before I started to experience blackscreens, overheating and general performance issues. After many hours of troubleshooting I decided that the only thing I had left was to send the card back for a refund however I was told that I was not allowed a refund and a replacement card would be send out within 24 hours.
In the mean time, I decided to do some more research on the card and found a large amount of people were experiencing the same problems as myself;
- “I experienced frequent BSCs (Black Screen Crash) every 20 minutes or so during gaming. I followed a lot of ‘advice’ in the forums, trying to fix this issue…but to no avail.”
- “I got upon release, I kept getting Black Screen crashes from roughly 2 to 10 minutes after I boot up. I spent a few hours switching drivers and tinkering with settings but still got these crashes.”
- “Hi guys! I recently bought R9 290, and after few days it start Black Screen. I could not enter in any game, the screen freez and start Black.”
Since receiving the second card, it’s been great. The first two months the card performed as expected until today – I’ve once again been left in the same situation and the card is performing like the last.