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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 270X DirectX 11.2 100364TXSR 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: Like others mentioned, this is the highest factory overclocked R9 270X in the market.

The stock coolers is silent regardless of loads. Does it job on keeping the card cool & stable.

Reset button in case you messed up overclocking, I don't see any logic in overclocking this further & making it unstable...

The lights add bling to your build, unless you don't have a window to show off it off... The functional thermal light indicator is a plus. I doubt you need to monitor it though with that 3 eyed beast of a cooler.

The backplate is the best I had ever seen on a R9 270X! Much better than it's close competitors!

Will play any 1080p game I throw at it at any range of performance!

Yes, it will work for it's cost & I'm not kidding! If you mine digital currencies, Radeon GPUs are the obvious choice! The downside is the markups due to this, so grab them while you can! Just look at those crazy prices at known bidding site, mind boggling!

It will not make a sandwich but definitely makes dough on the side!

Cons: Price markups with no chance of markdown due to digital currency trends. People who knows the real potential of these cards buy them when they can in bulk.

Other Thoughts: It will not make a sandwich but definitely makes dough on the side! Finally a product that can pay back what you invested on it as well as satisfying your visual cravings.

ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The most convenient UEFI for a FM2+ MITX I ever laid my hands on. Updating it is a walk in the park! Kudos for the extra TLC on the motherboard software!

Overclocks an A10-7850K like a champ! Runs stable on all the stress tests I throw at the it for extended periods!

Overclocks RAM to 2400 mhz speed with ease!

The wifi/bluetooth card that came with it ran the first time & still going strong.

The build in audio chipset will satisfy most audiophiles including myself.

Cons: The MOSFETs don't have heatsinks & can get really hot like others already mentioned. So overclocking it with the required higher voltages all the time is not recommended but people with common sense already know this.

The I/O shield from hell... The tabs as well as the insulated padding blocked the HDMI slots the first time I installed it. Had to bend the tabs a little & tucked the padding to the side for a perfect fit. Not to mention it is also where you mount the antenna connectors that comes off easy unless tightened properly.

That antenna made me laugh at least, for a modern motherboard it looked so ghetto.

The transistors under the board, good thing my water cooler backplate had paddings so it had enough clearance for them.

Flexes if you put a beefy GPU &/or a CPU cooler on it.

The front audio connector is located really close to the PCI-E slot, if you have a GPU installed it can literally pinch the wires if you don't route it well.

Other Thoughts: For the budget minded yet expects performance crowd, it's a clear choice vs the other FM2+ MITX motherboards currently out. That I/O shield is a maximus pain in the gluteus maximus & minimus. Antenna works fine but come on ASRock, I know you guys can do it better than this! Adding support where the stress spots are to prevent it from flexing too much, a non-conductive insulated padding would be great! I will use this board again for my clients, highly recommended.

Windows 8.1 64-bit
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4 out of 5 eggs A better Windows 8 Experience 01/30/2014

This review is from: Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Fastest Windows currently. Lower footprint if you remove a lot of the bloat. Really good on a lot of modern PC games since it supports most of the new features.

Cons: Aimed for the touch users, well a lot of people aren't touchy feely nor want to be touched you know... A futile attempt to gain leverage on a market dominated by Google & Apple.

Other Thoughts: It is a fast OS but only for the tech savvy lot. Can be made to feel but not replicate the great Windows 7 of the previous generation. I removed an egg because this OS hates convenience & forces me to open a Windows account to take avail of the full potential of the product.


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Display Name: Jojo A.

Date Joined: 10/16/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/23/14
  • Last Review: 01/30/14
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