Originally Posted by Melee
Gah, I'm so torn on what to do here. For whatever reason, Powercolor and XFX are the only ones that you can't return for a refund to Newegg so it's a big gamble buying them because if they don't unlock, I'm stuck with them. To be honest, I'd feel much more comfortable with a Gigabyte or ASUS if it's just a stock 290.
The XFX and HIS also come with Battlefield 4 which can still be sold for around $40. The Powercolor one doesn't include that.
This really sucks. lol
The ones that come with BF4 also cost about $40 more.
The Powercolors have the highest unlock rate about 95%, XFX is the next closest and is only about 50% rate.
You can return them, but only for an exchange.
Either take the risk and buy now in hopes of getting an unlockable 290X and be happy if it doesnt or pay the extra bucks if HAVE to have the 290X.