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SAPPHIRE 100362-3L Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Tri-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Handles most all games well, on dying light without the update the frame rates were horrible with this and even my 7970, after the update Dying Light plays at above 30fps with everything turned up (movie grain off) on High with Nvidia HBAO and Depth of Field, even with draw distance maxed out I'm getting over 30fps. Bring down draw distance to get 50fps +

AC Unity no troubles here with everything maxed (this is after the update)

Mortal Kombat palys great as well.

The Witcher 3 is yet to be tested and the reason I got this card, I will update this review once it releases.

Not as loud as people in reviews lead me to believe (almost didn't buy it for that reason and PSU requirements)

Cons: Very long card, this is longer than the 7970, the cooler protrudes about an inch off the back of the card, luckily it was able to fit in my cheap Thermaltake V2 case (mid-tower)

Power Hungry, I have a Ultra 750w PSU and so far it's handling it very well. There are a lot of sad people out there who didn't know their PSU couldn't support this card and it caused them to leave a lot of bad reviews. It almost kept me from buying this card but the price/performance can't be beat compared to Nvidia.

Lots of heat, like the 7970 this can be used a space heater (no joke). This card get to 95c (over 200 deg)!! (with stock fan settings)

Blows heat inside case possibly increasing the temps of other components.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great card, runs hot, but can hold it's own. Like most card just understand that this will heat up a room pretty quickly. In the summer this can be a problem, in the winter you can open a window and while using this card your room will still stay warm.

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DIAMOND 7970PE53G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Played everything on high until it broke

Acts as a make-shift space heater, comes in handy for cold nights.

Cons: Diamond will not honor the warranty on this card, i bought it in August of 2012, they have a 3 yr warranty and 5 years if you register the product. They claim I never registered, ok...it's still been less than 3 years...

The support was good but apparently I can't send it back for warranty work.

Other Thoughts: Was a solid card while it lasted, it had some issues with blank screen after waking from sleep but those were all driver issues.

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ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI uATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: USB 3.0, gigabit LAN, On-board graphics

Detected Corsair 4GB RAM stick right away

Great as dirt cheap build, I don't live in a trailer park but with this board might as well...

Cons: 1. Cheap
2. What happened to the I/O Shields? They are all junk from ASUS, don't fit right at all and yes I'm installing the right way

3.. BIOS settings are the worst I've seen
4. Only 1 Fan Header besides CPU Fan.

5. It varies the voltage to the processor to save energy, I haven't found a way to turn this off from the BIOS
6. No SATA 6GB/s!!

Other Thoughts: There no way I would pay for this board, I got it for free as part of a bundle from another store, it is fine as a cheap server, my old server was a VPR Matrix computer Pentium 4 from 2002 with 1.5GB of old DDR2 RAM, so upgrading to this board from that is a HUGE leap for me and a great deal (using 8core AMD FX 8320). Overall I'm happy but I don't trust this board at all, I'm going to be getting the cheapest RAM I can to put in it and luckily it has on-board graphics so it can't destroy a discrete graphics card.

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Display Name: Sameer M.

Date Joined: 03/23/10

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 03/23/10
  • Last Review: 02/21/15
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