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ASUS DirectCU II OC R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This graphics card costs about the same amount of money as most of the other R9 290 cards on the market.

For the money you get a really fast card that compares with higher priced NVIDIA cards and even performs better at higher resolutions.

I got this card to play 1440p games and so far I have been really impressed. This graphics card is very fast.

Cons: The problem with this graphics card is that ASUS didn't design the cooler specifically for this card. They took their cooler from an NVIDIA card and put it onto this card.

Because of that not all of the heat pipes make the best contact with the GPU cores meaning that even though the cooler is good it's not being fully utilized. Obviously this card is still going to perform cooler and quieter than a stock R9 290 cooler, but there are many other options for about the same price that cool the card better.

Other Thoughts: So in the end I wouldn't really recommend this card unless you get a really good deal on it, or just really like the way it looks.

There are many other options that run cooler and quieter for the same price. It's disappointing that ASUS didn't put more work into making the cooler more suited for the R9 290.

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Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646G3258
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: So far I am really impressed with the G3258. It's really cheap, has an unlocked multiplier, and can be overclocked on many non Z series boards.

With a Gigabyte board that costs less than this chip I have been able to get to 4GHz with the stock cooler. Temps are maxing out in the low 70s.

Cons: Going into the future this chip will most likely not age very well. With more and more applications and games taking advantage of multiple threads this dual core chip is going to fall behind.

Other Thoughts: I kind of wish Intel released an unlocked chip in all of their chip series as in the Celeron and i3 as well as the Pentium, i5, and i7.

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GIGABYTE GA-H81M-DS2V LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Can overclock the G3258 with the F5 BIOS update 07/10/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H81M-DS2V LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I managed to get this board along with the G3258 together for a really great price.

I heard that some ASUS and MSI non Z series boards could overclock the G3258, but I hadn't heard anything about Gigabyte boards so I was curious when the board arrived.

My board came with the F1 BIOS which wasn't able to overclock the chip. Once I upgraded to the latest F5 BIOS I was able to overclock it.

Obviously you won't be breaking records with the board, but for the money it's a great deal. I'm currently running at 4GHz with the stock cooler in a small form factor case without any issues.

Cons: I noticed that even without overclocking the system that the heatsink on top of the chipset gets really warm, warmer than most of the other boards that I have used in the past.

I haven't experienced any real issues with the system due to the warm chipset so I guess I can't really complain.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really good Micro ATX board for the money. If you have a little extra money I'd look for a model that has four slots for RAM for easier upgrades in the future.

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Display Name: William Q.

Date Joined: 03/28/10

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  • Last Review: 07/23/14
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