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SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 480 100406NT+8GL 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Update:
-Setting the acoustic limit MHz is REALLY useful since my case lets any noise out
-Haven't had any major crashes, except when I first tried using wattman.....didn't read anything about it first like a moron
-Power draw is REALLY low
-My room is no longer a hot box
-Did a burnin and so far the temps haven't crested above 75 degrees since my first 3DMark testing no matter what I throw at it

-Great looking
-Runs easily at stated clock speeds
-Overclocking (on my card) has been easy
-Currently using the new AMD Driver 16.9.1
-I use earbuds and I can't hear this card while gaming
-Maxed out Witcher 3 ultra with Nvidia hairworks off and get 60+ fps
-Maxed out War Thunder
-Streaming with this card is a breeze and ACE H.264 is better than X264 so far using Xsplit Premium 1080p60fps
-LEDs are easy to adjust
-Doesn't run nearly as hot, in total, as the 750Ti that was previously in my system and my room's ambient temp is pretty warm all the time
-Highest temp reached was during Fire Strike and Time Spy at 78C
-Gaming temps run no higher than 65C

Cons: Update:
-This so far is the only con and it's the first fan nearest to the IO makes an electrical noise that's very noticeable when the fan starts running over 900 RPM, but it doesn't happen all the time since mostly the fans don't spin up. I know it's that fan because I stopped it with my finger to make sure I knew which one it was. The other fan runs smooth as silk.

None for me so far. I will gladly update once I find something.

Other Thoughts: Update:
So far I've figured what this card can and cannot do and I think I've gotten a really good card and really good silicon. I've got this card to an east overclock of 10% on GPU and 2200 MHz on memory and I didn't have to over volt at all like I've read on some reviews from big sites. Also it doesn't drink anywhere near the amount of power that a lot of review sites stated......even though I'm not a fan of the phase design of the aftermarket cards. I think they could've made it more granular for better efficiency, but it is what it is. Temps wise I've read that Glofo 14nm process nodes are sensitive to heat which is why the temps tend to rise and fall quickly instead of being more of a steady curve up and down. I do plan to take the heatsink off and check the thermal grease to see what's being used by Sapphire. If it voids my warranty, I'm ok with that as long as what's being used is good quality. I've done this with every card whether it be AMD or NVidia. I do want to watercool this thing in the very near future, but I have to pray that aftermarket cards get some type of love from waterblock makers. I know they're new to the overall market which is why there aren't any blocks, but I do hope they release some. I plan, also, on purchasing another card in the near future. Probably in the next 1-2 months.

Before installing this card I read the previous reviews across all the cards and it seemed that using the Driver CD is a mistake so I didn't use it. I downloaded the Drivers from AMD directly days before I even got the card. Once I received the card I installed drivers, rebooted and there was an update to 16.9.1. Update went without a hitch. No black screens, no artifacting, no sudden shut downs or restarts. Fans spin up only when needed and Wattman was easy to find in the global graphics settings. Power draw is within safe limits from what I've been able to measure. When I ran the benchmarks the card ran literally at the stated clock speeds which was nice. Did some simple Overclocks and tried to bench again, but Futuremark doesn't recognize the 16.9.1 Driver yet, but that's not a con to AMD so I didn't place it in the cons section. My time Spy score I think was over 4400 and my Fire Strike score was 11,200 and that was on stock speed and stock clocks on my CPU also. I'm totally happy with this card and I do recommend this card to anyone else who wants great performance for the price.

ROCCAT Kone Pure Military ROC-11-713 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 5000 dpi Core Performance Gaming Mouse - Desert Strike
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Roccat thankfully didn't mess with the sensor like most other manufacturers do so I have been using this mouse successfully on CSGO without any issues. The sensor is spot on and only goes up to 5k dpi. Seriously who needs more than that? The ergonomic design is nice, the colors are nice, the software isn't intrusive and easy to use and I like the voice that talks to you when you change your dpi on the fly so you aren't out of it trying to remember what setting you're actually on. The clicks and response are great and the mouse so far works perfectly on the Desert Strike mouse pad from Roccat that came free with the mouse and the Steelseries QcK+ that I'm using right now. Needed more room to move mouse around.

Cons: The material the mouse is made of is nice, but would've liked some rubber siding to better grip the mouse itself.

Other Thoughts: If you play fps games and you want a mouse that doesn't have software tweaks the negate the perfection of the mouse sensor inside, get this mouse. It's priced nicely and I haven't found any tracking issues at all whatsoever.

MSI MSI Gaming Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Read Other

Cons: Read Other

Other Thoughts: I do not own this board personally, but I wish I did. The reason I'm writing this is because MSI apparently doesn't have the time to let this person below me know about why there is an extra 4pin eps connector on the board.

As this board is aptly named....."XPOWER TITANIUM"....It's an overclocking board on crack. The extra 4pin eps connector is for overclocking the cpu, but you can't just leave it unplugged because you weren't prepared and didn't proceed with due diligence before purchasing.As any board with extra power outlets installed, some come with 4 pin pci, 4pin molex, sata power, etc. You need to read and make sure that you have the required cables to support this board. The person who first reviewed this obviously didn't look into the extra connector and as such has gotten nothing but issues.

MSI you are an awesome company and I own many of your products, but the automated responses to customers for good or bad ratings is nuts. Please write yourselves to these customers. If they are blank in the brain, not giving them a proper explanation doesn't help them, it only makes it worse. Give them the information with your reply, not some dumb phone number that takes them to someone in "tech support" who barely speaks English half the time and probably doesn't know anything about the board or products except what they read from the prompts they have in front of them.

For anyone who may purchase this and read this. PLEASE I BEG OF YOU. Research first, purchase, fix any issues that you know aren't the boards fault. If you have legit issues, posting here will let us know, but don't get caught with your pants down because you didn't use your head.


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Display Name: Brian R.

Date Joined: 03/22/12

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 10/19/15
  • Last Review: 09/30/16
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