Not really retro, but old activity..
Installed the stock coolers of my R9 280x VaporX and R9 280x Toxic, they had missing fans and shrouds, so when is aw local ADs i did purchase dead cards, but with well working fans, to install on my cards, and making them as they should be. I even managed to revive the artifacting VaporX, and did buy another cooler for it, so i have now extra VaporX, that will be sold, the card is working great did test it multiple days for like 2 hours per day, and no crashes, artifacting or any crap going on..
Did install also X-Fi Xtreme music to the x58 system, the card works great, no craclikng, buggy sound or anything. I think that card did even improve the performance in Prototype II and GTA V, since before installing it, the games did run well, but there was some sort of microsttuter, now with the X-Fi there is not. The interesting part is that, this is the Music card, not the Gamer or Fatal1ty, as they have more memory for gaming. Some ppl did state that this memory on these X-Fi cards is BS, but it appers, that they improve the performance of the sound, and with that the games run smoother as well...
This is how the cards did look before adding the factory fans and shroud...
Mah systems retro, old, newer (Radical stuff)
W3680 4.5/ GA-x58 UD7/ R9 280x
K7 2.6/ NF7-S/ HD3850
IBM x2 P3 933/ GA-6VXD7/ Voodoo V 5.5K
Cmq P2 450/ GA-BX2000/ V2 SLI
Cmq DeskPRO 486/33
IBM PS/2 Model 56
SPS IntelleXT 8088