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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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3 out of 5 eggs Fans are asleep and turned off until 60C or higher. Feels so wrong... 12/27/2015

This review is from: ASUS Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 STRIX-R9390-DC3OC-8GD5-GAMING 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: You get the performance that you would expect out of a R9 390.
Nice 2 slot fit.

Cons: - Simple web browsing causes my GPU to reach 45degrees C with fans spinning at a constant 38%(noise sweet spot for me) capacity with ASUS GPUTweak.
- GPU runs really hot in and out of games.
- Initially had issues with the fan technology, (see below)


I had MSI Afterburner already installed from my previous graphics card which had predefined settings for how fast my GPU fans should spin at specific temperatures. My settings indicated at 60 degrees C, my fans should be spinning roughly about 60% of their maximum speed. But ASUS R9 390, (majority of R9 390 cards) have this sleep mode for their fans that leave their fans off until they are over 60degrees C. So as soon as my GPU hit 60degrees, the fans would burst into life and start spinning really fast. As soon as my GPU reached 59degrees C, they would immediately shut off again. This would repeat multiple times each minute. This was really annoying.
This was resolved by installing the ASUS GPUTWEAK software and disabling the 0dB fan technology.

Other Thoughts: ASUS GPUTweak software seems slightly worse than the MSI Afterburner software. The GPUTweak would repeatedly flicker all the sliders on and off when I opened and mouseovered it.
My MSI R9 270 card can idle at 31degrees C with 18% fan speed.
My ASUS R9 390 can only idle at 55degrees C at 20% fan speed...
I am not making an direct claims about the brands, but rather the graphic card's TDP.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I purchased these ram sticks on a combo deal during black-friday week of 2012 and they still run great in 2015. (I got an amazing deal of 53 dollars after taxes (CA. USA). Reliable 2x8gb (16gb) sticks.

Cons: Might be too bulky for some.

Other Thoughts: I had to tear off one of the metal heat dispensing frames for one of my ram sticks because It was colliding with my new cpu heatsink cooler. Just used a screw driver to pry it at the top area, never touched the PCB with anything besides my gloves. (Ram does not get that hot, Peripheral fans cool enough)

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Acer Laptop Aspire E1-572-6870 Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I got this laptop for college coursework and a little bit of gaming here and there. Does everything it needs to do and runs games such as Minecraft and League of Legends with relatively high FPS (45-65) on higher settings. The latest gen CPU (4th gen) was worth purchasing. You only need to slide a small tab to pull out the battery which is good if you like to save the lifespan of the battery pack by not using it while plugged in at a desk. The laptop has 2 slots for removable SODIMM-Ram and comes with a single 4gb stick in one. It was easy to install a second 4gb low volt 1.35v ram stick into the second slot.

Cons: Windows 8 is terrible. It thinks the 15.6inch screen is a 8inch tablet. Everything looks ridiculous in the standard win8 start-up and in all of their apps. Always use desktop mode. Recommend upgrading to 8.1 right away.

Other Thoughts: No CD-drive (Not a problem though). Windows 8 is bad but I do not recommend you purchase an older laptop just because you want Windows 7. The hardware does matter.

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Display Name: Kao V.

Date Joined: 11/23/11

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  • First Review: 01/16/12
  • Last Review: 12/27/15
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