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MSI R7870-2GD5T/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: + this was dirt cheap $150 + rebate winter 2013
+ Overclock-able... did you see that the GPU just winked ; )
+ performance/price vs re-brand r270 is about 6% less, OC your 7870ghz MSI to gpu-core1150 memory 1450 PowerControlSetting+20% & set fan to 45-50% with MSI afterburner or CCC. And you'll be about = for $50 dollars cheaper. (all depends on luck with OC performance)
+ plays all games I tested (steam 125games) on 1080p, Ultra shadows, High to Ultra Textures,& mixed AA settings (8xAA-Fxaa)@45-70FPS
+ Temps stay at 25-35C idle 54-59C Under Load with MSI Afterburner automatic fan control
30%pwr-40C slope
45%pwr-50C-65C
50%pwr 65C+

Cons: - Check your GPU for dust, I didn't when 1st installed it. I OC'd it & started getting artifacts. Turned OC off didn't help much. Then took a can of air... & man my GPU coughed up a hairball. MSI must have cats in their factory's.
- driver disk included is always garbage, ALWAYS download your drivers from Manufacturer MSI or AMD directly web site (you'll see up to a 15-30% FPS increase)
- GPU automatic fan control threw CCC wasn't working correctly. Card was overheating to 75C for the 1st couple hour's. Till I set up MSI afterburner's fan control.
- wanted a gtx 770, but being poor on a budget is my personal Con...lol
- not really a con but didn't know where to stick this info, @ 50% fan speed is when you say to yourself "I think my GPU is angry" it's loud from there on up.

Other Thoughts: Overall I m really happy with this GPU & think it'll last me 2-3 years. If I can fight off the urge to build another PC. MSI is a sexy company with great products & AMD didn't disappoint with this soon to be legendary GPU.
I really want to give this GPU a viking burial when it dies. = )

Specs:
CPU: AMD 8320 Black Edition 8 core3.5Ghz/4Ghz turbo/ 4GhzOC

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus +Artic Silver 5 Goo

Mobo: Gigabyte 970A-D3P AM3/AM3+

RAM: Gskill Ripjaws X 16Gbs-2x8GBs 1866Mhz

GPU: MSI Radeon HD7870Ghz OC Edition 2GBs GDDR5 GPU 1050Mhz Memory 1200Mhz
OC: GPU 1150Mhz Memory 1450Mhz PowerControlSettings+20%

Hdd: Sandisk 128GB SSD boot drive
2x1Tb Hitachi 7200RPM Hdd
2Tb WD MyBook 7200RPM external Hdd

PSU: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+Bronze Full Modular

Case: Rosewill Challenger USB3.0 version Mid-tower

OS: W7 64bit Home premium

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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Price-budget 8 core CPU (especially when on sale got mine for $164+ 2yr warranty)

+ easily OC to 4Ghz for a moderate OC & a default 8350 speed (stress tested mine up to 4.3 Ghz stable but likes to drink electricity) with custom cooler

+ multi-tasks like a beast (tab out of a game on steam,watch a MP4 movie & have 10 tabs open in Firefox at the same time)

+ gaming- hang's in there with the Intel big boy z, paired with the right GPU of course

+ Temps on the CPU with my Cooler master hyper 212 plus on this CPU have never gone above 22C (idles at 14 C) with the 4Ghz OC

Cons: - the fan/heat sink that came with it, is one of the tiniest little pieces of junk I ever did see, scrap it & turn it into a beer coaster

- not an I5 or I7, but hey if your reading this your like me on a budget (cheap skates gotta represent)

-Don't trust another mans thermal paste, I personal don't know what brand they used on the heat sink. But go with the goo of your preference, mine is Artic Silver 5 the only goo I trust

Other Thoughts: Coming from an old budget AMD quad core (amd 645 3.1 ghz). I m glad AMD hasn't lost it touch. Supplying great value for the dollar.

Specs:
CPU: AMD 8320 Black Edition 8 core3.5Ghz 4Ghz turbo / 4Ghz OC

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus +Artic Silver 5 Goo

Mobo: Gigabyte 970A-D3P AM3/AM3+

RAM: Gskill Ripjaws X 16Gbs-2x8GBs 1866Mhz

GPU: MSI Radeon HD7870Ghz OC Edition 2GBs GDDR5 GPU 1050Mhz Memory 1200Mhz
OC: GPU 1150Mhz Memory 1450Mhz PowerControlSettings+20%

Hdd: Sandisk 128GB SSD boot drive
2x1Tb Hitachi 7200RPM Hdd
2Tb WD MyBook 7200RPM external Hdd

PSU: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+Bronze Full Modular

Case: Rosewill Challenger USB3.0 version Mid-tower

OS: W7 64bit Home premium

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Display Name: Mark S.

Date Joined: 11/15/13

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  • First Review: 01/27/14
  • Last Review: 01/29/14
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