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Mushkin Enhanced Stealth 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997069S
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Like any RAM worth its salt, you plug em in, system recognizes them, and they just work
- No errors in any memory benchmarks to speak of yet

Cons: - They didn't open the case and install themselves.

Other Thoughts: Purchased these to be able to load planets in Space Engineers - I had nowhere near enough RAM+VRAM to play at faster than powerpoint speeds. These were listed at a great price so I ordered them.

I've never had a problem with any Mushkin products that I've bought, including this kit.
They work flawlessly, which makes me very happy.
I can actually defend my base from space bugs successfully now. Thanks Mushkin.

ARCTIC F12 PWM Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 120mm PWM Speed Control, 74CFM at 22dBA
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - More quiet than most other fans at this CFM
- Well designed
- Hydro bearing
- 4-pin PWN or 3pin w/ molex adapter
- This particular model allows for daisy-chaining, which to me is a huge plus

Cons: - Cannot prepare me bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Other Thoughts: The daisy-chaining feature is really great for smaller builds that have motherboards with only one system fan header. I purchased three of these to help cool a now RMA'd r9 390 card, and they do a fantastic job especially at their comparatively low noise level.

I've been using Arctic fans for around 6 years now, from case fans to HSF units and I've yet to find anything to really complain about. I do a lot of computer builds and have tried all sorts of case fans, but always keep an eye out for this brand if the budget allows.

No, these are not completely silent, but neither are the exponentially more expensive Noctua, and these look a lot better to me anyway. At eight bucks they're really reasonable, especially with the daisy-chaining feature. There are cheaper fans out there, true, but for how well these perform the price is right. Will definitely buy more when I do another build.

ASUS Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 STRIX-R9390-DC3OC-8GD5-GAMING 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The price/performance ratio is very good. I game at 1440p, and in benchmarks and actual game test, the 390 outperforms the competition by a good amount. I am usually on Team Green, but I took a calculated risk and went with this card.

Newegg's shipping was good, as usual.

I don't regret my purchase . . .

Cons: . . . Except I think I do.

Unfortunately I think I got a bad card. The card itself would get very hot in sudden intervals. It would spin up the fans immediately, and cool them down again just as suddenly, even when in normal web browsing.

This is especially strange as I have a great case with good cooling and airflow. The card would still idle around the 70s, and under load, it would actually reach its thermal threshold around 95 and throttle itself. Very very disappointing.

Even more disappointing is that these tantrums eventually led to one of the fans breaking. One sudden spin up caused one of these fans to break a blade. Now when this fan reaches over 50-ish percent, it makes a very very loud rattling sound, which I assume is caused by the now unbalanced fan. Normally I'd be okay with a rattling fan, but the noise is severe enough to shake my workspace and it makes me fear that prolonged usage will cause further, potentially fatal damage no just to the card, but the other components in the case.

To clarify, this card was the only expansion card installed in this particular build, so no possible obstructions could have made contact with the fan as there are no cables or other components remotely near the spinning fans. I have over 10 years experience putting together custom systems and I have never experienced this sort of problem before.

As it stands, I cannot honestly give this card more than two eggs, and even considered giving it one.

However, I have to be as fair as possible, despite my negative experiences. When the card wasn't throttling itself, it was absolutely wonderful with most games that I threw at it in 1440p and maximum settings. Modded Skyrim with ENBs and 2k textures, Warframe, MechWarrior Online, Witcher 3 all easily reached 60FPS and greater even with my low-ish end FX8320.

But it didn't stay this way for very long, and would routinely thermal throttle itself, underperforming the 760 it replaced by a sizable amount.

So to conclude, either I got a lemon, or the heatsink+fan design on this model is very poor for how hot the 390 itself gets. Even more disturbing is that this is a high-end card, so one would think that the HSF solution would also be quality.

Other Thoughts: For most people, I'm sure Newegg would come through. It always has for me - with this one exception.
Due to a technicality, Newegg could not take back the card themselves for replacement and asked me to deal with ASUS directly.

I have contacted ASUS support already and am shipping it back under warranty for possible repairs. The gentleman told me that it is up to the repair technician whether or not this repair actually falls under warranty. If not, who knows what the cost of repair will be to replace a cheap fan? This is my first purchase from Asus so I really don't know.

On top of this worry, it's going to cost a significant amount to ship it to their service center, but even more sad is that what was supposed to be a gift will not be around until well after the holidays. Disappointment doesn't even BEGIN to express what I feel right now and I can't imagine what my intended recipient will feel when I have to tell them that their gift is still in the mail. I don't look forward to this encounter at all.

At the end of the day, this card will end up costing me far more than the sticker price and sour Christmas this year.

I am happy that many reviewers are having a good experience with their cards, but my experiences have been very poor overall.

I'll definitely update this review once the RMA process has matured.
I really hope Asus will remedy this situation.


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Display Name: Nicolas B.

Date Joined: 03/03/08

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  • First Review: 03/19/08
  • Last Review: 12/18/15
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