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XFX Radeon R9 280X R9-280X-TDFD 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation Edition Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's faster than most of the benchmarks let on - I haven't found a game yet that gets under 60FPS maxed out with this card. That is, when the drivers work...

Cons: AMD's drivers are, and generally have been, pretty much garbage. I had countless driver issues with my HD6670, and upgrading to this mitigated a large amount of them. However, with the most recent update to 15.7, I get constant blue screens when doing things as basic as browsing the internet. When it wasn't blue screening, it just wouldn't run things right. Battlefield 4 had unplayable audio glitches that weren't present before the update. I've since rolled back to 14.12 Omega, and all of the problems are gone.

This card also runs hot, it's sitting at 45C idle with just Chrome open. Gaming ramps it up to 75-80C.

Other Thoughts: If you're getting this card for gaming, it'll run most games pretty much flawlessly. Mantle support is nice, for the few games that use it (Thief and BF4 run notably better with Mantle). But if you're a serious user or you plan to stick with whatever you buy for a while, definitely spend the extra money to get a GTX970. The driver issues and heat make a great card pretty mediocre.
inb4 "970 has 3.5GB": This card has 3GB VRAM, which I've never saturated playing games maxed out in 1080p. If you're buying either card for anything more than 1080p, you're better off buying more expensive cards. You won't saturate 3GB, you won't saturate 4GB either.

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LG Black Optimus F6 T-Mobile No Contract 4G Smart Phone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Probably best to look elsewhere 11/07/2014

This review is from: LG Black Optimus F6 T-Mobile No Contract 4G Smart Phone

Pros: -Decent battery life
-Nice screen
-Durable
-Charges fast
-Runs relatively smoothly for the most part

Cons: This phone's fatal flaw is its storage. At least twice a day I have to clear app caches and sometimes even wipe app data in order to update an app or even just take a picture. I have an 8GB SD card and I rooted the phone to use Link2SD. However, that's started to cause some problems. Often I can't link apps to my SD card, because there's not enough space on the phone. I'm not sure how that makes sense, but whatever. When the storage gets low the phone starts dragging, and it got so low at one point it couldn't even start services. Every 2 seconds a service would pop up saying it had failed and I couldn't even get the phone to turn off. The pop-ups would close the shutdown prompt. I had to pull out the battery.
All of my photos have to be stored on the SD card to save space, but with 4.1.2 Jelly Bean there's no way to set the default saving place to the SD card, so I have to manually move every photo to the SD card. The fact that it still runs Jelly Bean is also a huge flaw, but with only 4GB of internal storage I don't see it getting a software update any time soon.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a Nokia Lumia 521 running WP8.1, and this phone is a whole lot better than that one. (Quick tip, if you think you want a Windows Phone, don't put yourself through the torture of using the slowest, buggiest, and most pointlessly featureless OS there is.) I was expecting a lot more out of this phone, though. I'm disappointed that I didn't hold out a little longer and get a Galaxy S3 or something.

Bottom line is, if you're planning to do anything more than just texting, calling, and light browsing, I highly recommend looking elsewhere. The storage problem with this phone is a lot worse than I expected it to be. Please heed this warning.

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Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Enjoy it while it lasts 08/25/2014

This review is from: Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone

Pros: For a $70 phone, it's got a good screen and decent speed. Camera takes pretty good quality photos.Those are pretty much the only pros.

Cons: Where do I begin? My volume-up button stopped working after about a month and a half, the lock-button is now failing, and the OS alone is almost 3GB. Windows 8 OS is badly buggy in so many ways:
-Frequently when I press the lock button, I'll see my lock screen, then it'll flash to black and I'll have to lock and relock the phone to get into it. Annoying when the lock button only works 10% of the time.
-At the beginning and end of every song, there's a loud skip/crackle noise
-Skipping forward or backward in video or audio playback produces an even louder crackle noise that's nearly deafening
-Phone frequently crashes completely and reboots itself
-Freezes almost daily, have to remove the battery to fix the problem
-Next to no modern app support. Spotify won't even open without a premium subscription, and most social network apps (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Kik, and Twitter to name a few) are all unofficial 3rd party apps with little support.
-I have the $30 UL Data and Texting package from T-Mobile. I don't know if it's just where I live or what, but at (very frequent) times, I'll show as having 4-5 bars, but nothing will load and texts won't send. Often triggered by opening Facebook or other internet-drawing apps on data. Only fix is to either wait it out (2-3 hours usually) or reboot the phone.
-It has bursts of incredible slowness. While sometimes it is fast, about 80% of the time it crawls if you have more than 2 or 3 apps open in the background.
-Battery life is mediocre and gets worse over a short time
-Headphone jack is shoddy and has already failed on one of my friends' phones
-Charging port is awkward and some chargers don't work with it
-Battery gets incredibly hot when charging
-The sloped backside of the phone makes it really easy to slip out of your hand and drop it, and that's not helped by how smooth the back surface is
-Very few good cases for the phone that aren't shipping from China, but that's common among cheaper phones
-No front camera

Other Thoughts: Overall, for me personally, this phone started out well and became a nightmare. I abhor using it now and I can NOT wait to replace it. For moderate use, like texting and calling infrequently, this phone is probably perfect, but if you're expecting something better than an equally priced Android phone, prepare to be disappointed. I "upgraded" from a Huawei Prism II (got it for $80 right before its price dropped to $50), and the Prism II was miles better. Still a mid-range phone by all means, lacking some great characteristics, but at least it wasn't plagued by the Windows Phone 8 OS.

Again, if you're expecting anything par to Android, stay far away from this phone.

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Display Name: Brendan L.

Date Joined: 04/18/12

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 10/29/13
  • Last Review: 07/19/15
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