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G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK
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Pros: Works like a champ.

Running on an ASRock Z170 Pro4S LGA 1151 at 2666mhz with a 6700k at the following timings:

15-15-15-36, 1T, 1.20v

Cons: none.

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Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I76700K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530
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Pros: Blazing fast. I should have upgraded long ago. I knew my i7-920 clocked at 3.5ghz was aged, but I never knew how much until I upgraded to a 6700k! I have this paired with a 290x and framerates went up in all games. It's definitely extended the life of my 290x. (didn't realize how much my previous proc was holding back my GPU)

Cons: Price?

Other Thoughts: I'm running at the stock clock of 4.0ghz with a boost clock to 4.2ghz.

I have manually set the vcore to 1.216

The auto adjust voltage is much too high in my opinion. Set your voltage manually and your proc will run much cooler. I didn't do the math to enter the auto adjusting values, just went old school with a set vcore.

Idle temps are 21C and 46C under load. That is with Corsair H100i cooler (pump set to quiet, fans set to balanced) and a 70-72F ambient temp.

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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 100361SR 4GB GDDR5 Video Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Anxiously awaiting Mantle... 12/04/2013

This review is from: SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 100361SR 4GB GDDR5 Video Card

Pros: Very fast card. Contains more VRAM than you can shake a stick at. :P

This card chews up BF4 and asks for more.

Supports Mantle API.

Cons: Seriously, none for me. Not sure about all these other guys.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a 6990 to this card. I wrestled a while with this decision as on paper the specs of the 6990 are equal to or slighter greater than the r290x.

However, I was tired of dealing with microstutter and game compatibility problems due to crossfire.

I took a leap of faith and was rewarded as the 290x is everything I hoped it would be and more.

I am averaging 60fps on BF4 (vsync enabled) with Ultra settings. (minus msaa). I am running an i7-920 @ 3.5ghz.

Also, the crashing problems I was experiencing with BF4 went away when I upgraded to the 290x. Could be a coincidence.

I'm not sure why everyone complains about noise and heat? The heat coming out of the exhaust is FAR less than I was experiencing with the 6990. I also don't understand what the complain is about noise, either. I haven't noticed any loud fan noises coming from the card, and I have the switch in Uber mode and the fan set to go up to 100% if it needs/wants to.

Ambient temps in my PC room range from 65-73 degrees F depending upon the season and time of day.

I wonder how many people don't have proper case cooling or positioning and then complain that their card is running too hot?

This is in an Antec 900 two case. All fans are blowing air in the case. (including the CPU fan, using a corsair hydro cool that draws air from outside the case)

The only fan exhausting air is the large fan on top.

All case fan speeds are set to their highest setting.

At the minimum you should have a case that contains a fan in the side window, as nearly all modern cases do.

Also, your case should be at least one to two feet away from the wall.

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Jaired A.'s Profile

Display Name: Jaired A.

Date Joined: 06/05/04

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  • First Review: 04/04/07
  • Last Review: 07/02/16
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