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Pros: Good bang for your buck on performance.
Works well 99% of the time (see Other thoughts)
Cons: Screen blackouts during low intensity use
Drivers are bad
Firmware has a defect
I'm not the only one with these problems
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Other Thoughts: At first I gave this card a five star review. I saw all the comments about bad drivers and what not and explained that I didn't have any of these problems. But I had that review removed because now I've experienced them:
Everything would be working fine, then the screen would randomly go black. My PC would still be running, but the screen would just go black. Only a hard reset would fix it. After some research I discovered that I'm hardly the only person to experience this. It is a problem common throughout many r7 260x graphics cards. Per newegg rules, I can't provide the hyperlink, but on Tom's Hardware there are many forum threads about this. The biggest and most helpful is titled "Sapphire R7 260x black screen!!!." Here's the gist:
Lots of people experiencing these blackouts. They happen when using the card at low intensity, and they happen randomly. It has to do with either the drivers or the actual firmware. Asus (which makes a card with the r7 260x) releases an updated BIOS for their card and it fixes the problem. One Sapphire owner contacts support and receives an updated BIOS for the Sapphire card (the one I'm reviewing). He/she provides the BIOS as a download, BUT it's not available on the Sapphire website yet (as of my writing this). Supposedly, this updated BIOS fixes the problem, but I myself haven't tried it because I'm not comfortable flashing the BIOS. I'm using the other fix people discovered -- it's easier and safer in my opinion: You limit your "memory clock" setting to never exceed 750MHz. You can do this in the AMD Catalyst Control Center. This fixes the problem for me and many others -- no more blackouts.
So again, the 2 solutions to blackouts:
1. HARDER: Download updated BIOS from that forum, if you trust it. Again, I haven't tried. Flash it.
2. EASIER: Limit memory clock speeds to 750MHz. Problem fixed.
Possible #3: Contact Sapphire and ask for updated BIOS and detailed instructions on how to flash it.
If I didn't find this fix, I definitely would have returned it. But now that it's fixed, the card remains a good value for the price. I just can't give it more than three stars. Hope this helped some of you.
Pros: Stand is sturdy and high quality it my opinion, all while taking up a small footprint.
Monitor is thin.
Logical menu and button configuration.
Picture is great.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I originally bought another monitor -- a 21.5" IPS monitor at roughly the same price. I had to return that one because of a weird sound it was making, and I bought this Acer monitor instead.
I thought I would notice a huge difference between the IPS screen technology and the TN panel in this Acer, but I don't. As far as I'm concerned, this Acer holds it's own against the IPS display I bought. The only noticeable difference is that the viewing angle is not as good. However, it's not that bad either. Some reviews on here got me concerned by saying it's terrible, but I have no qualms with it at all. It's a beautiful picture.
I don't think the lesson here is that TN is actually as good as IPS... not at all. I'm just saying I had bought a $130ish IPS screen, and this $130ish TN panel is comparable to it for sure. Don't get too hung up on the matter in this price range. This monitor has excellent reviews and it deserves them. I am more than happy with it and would buy again.
Pros: It works, it's quiet (at least to me); and at least at my level of Tech Knowledge, that's all I can ask for.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Feels like it's high quality if that means anything. I've bought Corsair's CX series before and have had good experiences. Would buy again.READ FULL REVIEW
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