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Pros: You could max out BF4 at 1080p
Very quiet and efficient cooler (35c at idle)
nice asthetics, pretty looking card
Cons: Here's why I gave this thing a 2 egg review and why I plan not to buy AMD GPU's anymore.
I have been buying AMD graphics for about a year now. I used to own a 260x and a 7850k w/ a nice integrated GPU. They were both very solid and worked well for what I did with them. As I saw new games such as Star Wars Battlefront and Fallout 4 coming out, I wanted to step up my graphics level to play them at good settings and wanted to get a GPU that was both cheap but effective. So I came across the 370, a re branded 270 with a nice cooler.
Once the card finally came, I was very exited. Popped it in to my FM2+ Mobo with an 860k and downloaded the drivers. except there was one strange thing happening with the card.
There was a certain shade of gray the GPU did not like: the color of the AMD Catalyst control center at the top, and the color of the steam library. These shades of gray were replaced with BLINKING RED PIXELS. (It's not my monitor, if you move around the windows the dots follow it and stay in the same area of the window.) It's now happening in games like Skyrim and Bioshock Infinite, and any other game that has this shade of grey. I can't really play PC games anymore b/c the dots are too distracting.
This problem would not always occur, sometimes after a reboot it didn't happen at all. But it's very annoying and I've never had a problem with an AMD GPU, and its now at the point where I plan on trashing the card, as Sapphire will not respond to my RMA request??? (Newegg won't take it back as it's been 30 days after purchase) sent 4 emails to sapphire support saying I wanted to request an RMA, but weeks later, nothing. so thanks for that guys.
Also, the drivers are so bad, I can't make a Skype call. Every-time I try to make a call on my PC, I get a BSOD saying "The Graphics Drivers did not respond in time." I'm not the only one who has this problem, but that's more AMD's fault b/c they still haven't fixed the issue. (I couldn't do it with my other GPU's either, it's just junk drivers, not Sapphire's fault)
Other Thoughts: I wont be buying any AMD GPU's anymore after this incident, I used to love AMD and their work but now realize how they treat their customers. I have lost some respect for them.
They don't fix driver bugs
Their GPU's are way hotter compared to Nvidia counterparts with the same cooler
their general care for customers is pretty low. No wonder they are losing so much money.
I don't want to focus this review too much on AMD but here's the bottom line: If you want to buy this card, be aware that if you have a problem with it it won't be fixable. I had a lot of fun with it while it lasted, but honestly it's left a bad taste in my mouth for both Sapphire's customer support and AMD's Customer satisfaction.
Pros: This cooler is so amazing, I bought one about a year ago and am now buying it again.
1. Temps are great on a 7850k/860k (I own both) At idle, temps are around 35-40c (Not the best...) but in gaming the CPU's never pass 65c. I have my 860k oc'd to 4.2GHZ and it never overheats. also consider that I live in the southern US, where it gets quite hot.
2. Very quiet. Spins up the fan to full speed on startup, but slows down after a few seconds and becomes whisper quiet. Can't hear it on a Prime95 stress test or playing BF4.
3 Comes with a nice PWM fan. Many people are saying the fan is loud and doesn't move a good amount of air... Let me tell you, I have this cooler in a Phanteks ITX case and the fan is doing very well in there. Silent and pushes all the hot air out. Love it!
Cons: None. Although, I would suggest not overclocking past 4.2GHZ unless you have an intel processor. I admit, I love my AMD processors, but it is well known that Intel is generally a much cooler processor. Going past 4.2 on my 860k or 7850k took the cpu's to a little over 50c on idle, which is unacceptable for me.
Other Thoughts: If you're on a budget and want to get a good feel for water cooling and learning the basics, this product is great for you. It even comes with a 2 year warranty in case anything were to happen.
-Micro ATX size for smaller builds like mine (Put this in an Air 240 case)
-B85 chipset (good overclocking and it's cheap)
-3 year warranty from MSI!
-cool little LED line from the audio output to the sound card on the board (and the on-board card glows red ;P)
This board is quite amazing. Not many people know about it or look lesser than it is at it because it's quite cheap for a gaming board. But WOW, can this thing perform! runs wonderfully with my budget build (r7 260x and i3-4370) and I can run many games such as The Forest and Battlefield 4 on high settings. The board has many great features such as audio boost and overclocking capability. Love this board, and if anything were to go wrong, there's a 3 year warranty from MSI. and ALL THIS FOR 90 BUCKS? WOW!!!!!!!!!
Cons: The PCB is a nice black color, but the circuitry lines all over the board are brown, meaning when you have a light shining on it, the board looks almost a brownish tint that I do not enjoy. But, that's only my personal opinion on the aesthetics of it, and the board itself is wonderful.
Other Thoughts: Honestly, if you're looking for a wonderful board for gaming that is rich with features and has overclocking capability, look no further than the MSI B85M Gaming Board!!!READ FULL REVIEW