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PowerColor Radeon R9 270 DirectX 11.2 AXR9 270 2GBD5-DHV2/OC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Here is an opportunity for those who might be looking at something like the 750Ti or GTX 950. It will absolutely out-perform the former for the same price, and pretty much match the latter for much less. (Although you will need a solid 500W or greater PSU.) It also compares more than favorably with the R7 370, having 1280 stream processors vs. the 370's 1024. The card is quiet, and rather compact at just 8-3/8" long. Clocks are as advertised at 955MHz core, 5600MHz (effective) memory.

Cons: My particular package did not include the DVI-to-Analog dongle, but I really didn't need it and I already have several anyway. The included disc has the Catalyst 13.10 driver, which is ancient, but will work in a pinch. Not deducting any eggs for these very minor issues.

Other Thoughts: Card is un-branded with any PowerColor identification or logo, and along with the plain-Jane packaging, I'm guessing this was intended for OEM use. It does come with a valid serial number should you require it. If you're assembling or upgrading a system with 1080 gaming in mind, and aren't sitting atop a mountain of money, you should give this one a close look.

XFX TS Series P1-650G-TS3X 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Power-wise, this unit is fine. Voltages, measured with a VTVM, are great at idle and under load. Fan on my particular unit is very quiet, even under heavy use.

Cons: The 24-pin cable on my unit has some pretty pronounced "twists" along it's length that makes routing it neatly a bit challenging. Also, all the SATA cables on my unit are flipped, so that the natural path of the cable to the drive bays causes the orientation of the power connector to be upside down. The obvious work-around is to mount the drives upside down. However, the optical drives are another matter, and called for a bit more creative solution. Hopefully, this little shortcoming won't be present in your particular PSU. Minus one egg in any case.

Other Thoughts: I'm not generally too focused on aesthetics, but I'd recommend that XFX dial-back plastering "TS" all over the PSU.

Thermaltake CL-P001-AL12RE-A 120mm NiC L31 Aluminum CPU Cooler
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Almost Perfect 08/26/2015

This review is from: Thermaltake CL-P001-AL12RE-A 120mm NiC L31 Aluminum CPU Cooler

Pros: Most importantly, it cools quite well, and is among the quietest heatsink/fan units I've encountered.

Cons: There are a pair of vinyl labels attached to the plug-end of the fan, one of which represents your warranty, and is marked "WARRANTY VOID IF REMOVED." The trouble is, with most motherboards having their CPU fan connection on the "upper" edge of the motherboard, these labels can easily get tangled in a fan mounted on the top of a case, or something like a radiator for a liquid-cooling unit. Not the end of the World, but something to watch out for. I'm docking this baby an egg because I think Thermaltake should know better.

Other Thoughts: Assembly of this unit might be a bit intimidating for some. It certainly isn't a 5-minute job. The fact that the instructions are clear and the parts are individually packaged and labeled should help. A little common-sense wouldn't hurt, either.


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