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MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 970 offers great performance at a great price point. It performs as well as previous $550 dollar card tier. This card looks nice, is quiet and runs cool. The MSI 970 offers robust power delivery too compared to EVGA and Asus models. Right now, I consider the 970 the only Nvidia card worth its price.

Cons: The 970s seem to have issues with coil whine. My MSI 970 has a chirp when gaming. It is not too bad but it is still there. Folding core 15 units in FAH causes really high pitch whine.

Other Thoughts: I wish the card came with a back plate like other 970s from Asus and Gigabyte. I also think Nvidia left some performance on the table for efficiency.

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MSI Radeon R9 290X GAMING 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The 290x is powerful and crushes through games. I liked that my MSI card came with hynix vram. Recent games have performed very strong on Hawaii. The card itself looks cool and it does have a back-plate.

Cons: This is a pretty mediocre cooler for Hawaii. It can barely keep it at stock in the mid 80s. I bought my card used, but if i were getting a 290x new, I would go with a Tri-X or maybe MSI's lightning.

Other Thoughts: I definitely would be afraid to run two MSI Gaming 290x's in crossfire. I tried crossfiring with my 295x2 and the 290x did terrible as the top card.

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SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100373L Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent GPU performance for the price. For 164 after rebate, I was very happy. This GPU can max most games at 1080p. It also has 3gb of ram which will help it age a little better than a 760 with newer games. I was pleased with my card as it didn't have any coil whine and came with hynix memory.

Cons: There are two Sapphire 280s listed on newegg and one was cheaper. Newegg did not price match it.

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Joseph H.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph H.

Date Joined: 11/27/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/09/11
  • Last Review: 01/13/15
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