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XFX Black Edition Double Dissipation Radeon R9 290 R9-290A-EDBD 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Stable, have yet to have an issue with stability, out of the box it has been great. Overclocked it from 980 Mhz/1250 Mhz to 1140/1500 with stock voltages, with bumping the Voltage, I settled at 1180. Fan is (imo) fairly quiet even at 70% which it's at when fully loaded and at 75C, VRAM at 95C. Temps are quite good based on reviews I've seen.
While well more than doubling the performance of my 6870's in CF, I think it weighs as much as the two together, ha, but it's built well so sag/sturdiness is not a concern for me.
Even at these clocks/voltages the heat exiting my case is not as hot as the 2 cards I replaced.

Cons: It's big. My Cooler Master Storm Scout (which held the biggest cards of its day) needed about 1" of surgical trimming aided by Mr Dremel. Luckily dropping out the mobo for the work is a snap so it wasn't a hassle, I still had 7 spaces for hard drives left over.
The XFX lightup is covered up by my side fan filters, which isn't a con of the card, just wish I could see it.
It doesn't heat up Hot Pockets enough.
Fan doesn't keep my Mountain Dew cold.
Doesn't have an integrated hook to hang my bag of Doritos on.

Other Thoughts: I will update this in 6 months.
I have an EVGA Supernova G2 750 Gold, which is the best PSU I've owned to date, very possibly contributes to the stability.
I got "lucky" with Hynix memory, not sure if it really matters or not, just adding a data point to those wondering their chances of Hynix vs Elpida.
MSI Afterburner is an upgrade over Trixx I feel.

Targus APB27US 4800mAh External Battery Power Bank for Smartphones, Tablets, and other USB Mobile Devices
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Decent Capacity, Nice charge % light indicator. Even discharge (1st half takes as long to discharge as 2nd half.)

Cons: I'm skeptical of the 2.1A rating. I have chargers with rated outputs of 850 mA that charge much faster.

Other Thoughts: Sometimes it will charge fairly quickly other times it will simply maintain my charge at whatever percentage it is at.

Logitech F310 Gamepad with broad game support and customizable buttons
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good, not great 04/02/2013

This review is from: Logitech F310 Gamepad with broad game support and customizable buttons

Pros: Good plug and play capability

Cons: Sticks are not analog ie. in racing games (NFS Most Wanted anyways) there is no difference between a slight right turn (partial joystick movement) and hard right turn (joystick moved to full range of motion). To me this is a problem, but for the price I got, I can't complain. I wish I'd have known this in advance.

Other Thoughts: Probably get a USB corded XBox controller for best results.


Michael M.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 07/08/06

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 06/02/08
  • Last Review: 07/30/15
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