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XFX R9-285A-CDBC Radeon R9 285 2GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good performance
Supports dx12 (whenever it comes out)
Overclocks nicely
Low heat- never goes over 70 degrees Celsius
Decent drivers
Much smaller than I anticipated

Cons: Noisy (see other thoughts)
Performance not quite as powerful as I hoped

Other Thoughts: The xfx r9 285 replaced my radeon 7850 that had horrible screen tearing in 2d applications (I tried drivers and bios updates to no avail). While the new r9 285 is quite a bit powerful, I was hoping for a bit more power in games but I am satisfied overall. I believe a cpu upgrade to a core i5 3570k will open this card up a bit so I won't knock an egg off the rating for my perceived bottleneck. However, this card is noisier and runs a bit hotter than the 7850. While it stays under 70 Celsius, the fans are noisy at only 3250 rpms. Not hairdryer noisy but I have to crank up my surround sound to drown out the noise at times.

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Xbox One Console Assassin's Creed: Unity Bundle
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Xbox One w/ Assassins Creed Bundle 12/09/2014

This review is from: Xbox One Console Assassin's Creed: Unity Bundle

Pros: -Graphics
-Ease of Use
-Apps
-Boot time (Used to PC Boot time)

Cons: -Console is large
-Power brick is large
-A couple instance Netflix froze up (just restarted console)

Other Thoughts: The Xbox One is truly an entertainment system. With numerous apps, decent internet explorer, and a surprisingly powerful APU, the Xbox One is a must buy at this price! I have a decent mid-range gaming PC and I was pleasantly surprised of the graphical power of the next gen Xbox. Going from Assassin Creed Unity ( a decent enough game) to Netflix is a breeze. Catching the latest scores on ESPN and then swapping over to check out games for Xbox Gold ( mediocre so far btw) is quick and painless. I really enjoy the graphical output of the XB1 and was pleasantly suprised on Shadows of Mordor when the rainfall trailed down the walls. Forza 5 and both Assassin Creed games look amazing and this is from a PC gamer that can play BF3 maxed out (antialiasing x4 and on ultra) and Crysis 3 on mix of high/very high settings. I am eagerly awaiting what they can squeeze out of this little powerhouse.

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Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W BX80637i33220 Desktop Processor                                                                                   Intel HD Graphics 2500
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: - Excellent Price-Per-Performance
- Low TDP means less electricity used
- Quad-ish core
- Intel (bit of a fanboy) ; )

Cons: -CPU intensive games like Skyrim and some RTS's may lag a bit.
-Hyperthreading not friendly for all games/programs
-Not as powerful as a true quad core
- Mine can get a bit warm (over 60 degrees Celsius) with stock fan and decent thermal paste

Other Thoughts: The Core i3 series are a poor mans quad core. With two physical cores and two virtual cores, this chip is a step up from a dual core or possibly older AMD system. Decent for gaming and media usage, the core i3 does an excellent job for the price. Deducted one egg due to excessive heat ( have excellent airflow btw) and no unlocked core i3 (shame on you Intel)!

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Kristopher O.'s Profile

Display Name: Kristopher O.

Date Joined: 11/29/11

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 08/01/14
  • Last Review: 01/20/15
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