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Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W BX80637i53470 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quick, cool, and quiet! Great card.

Cons: See other.

Other Thoughts: The wires for the stock fan are awkwardly clipped to the heat sink. Took me several tries to finally get them to not rub.

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Rosewill ARC-M650, ARC Series 650W Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single +12V Rail, Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready, SLI & CrossFire Ready,
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Extremely quiet and easy to install. My roughly 8 year old 600w Rosewill finally started to have a loud fan squeak so I decided to upgrade to this newer one. Easy to install, extremely quiet, and draws less power than my older 600w. The modular cabling is nice and the wires are flexible and long enough to easily route them to out of view locations.

Cons: No indicator light on the back of the unit to see if it's actually getting power. My old PSU had a blue LED in the switch.

Other Thoughts: Cable ties could be longer haha.

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HIS IceQ X² Turbo Boost Clock H270XQMT2G2 Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Metal shroud and smaller than other R9's.

Cons: First one I received from Newegg was DOA, but a ticket through HIS suggested it was simply a bad driver. After waiting for new drivers and doing a clean install of windows the problem persists. Card runs fine until you try to game on it. Doesn't matter settings or if fan is at 100%, once the game opens I have about 30-40 seconds before the card overheats and hangs up. According to CCC the card gets to around 80C when this happens.

I RMA'd through Lexy Pacific as per HIS instructions and the 2nd card does the exact same thing. Luckily my relative had a different brand R9 and we swapped cards. His R9 works perfectly in my rig and my HIS R9 has the same problem in his rig.

I sent this information to Lexy Pacific and they responded that I now have to go back through HIS before we can proceed. The first RMA was a relatively quick process, but with the holidays coming up I'm pretty sure it'll be another month before I get a new card...

Other Thoughts: Doing a quick Google search it appears there was a bad batch of these R9 cards and the overheat issue is fairly common. I'm just hoping HIS doesn't try to give me the run around and I actually get to use this card.

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Chad G.'s Profile

Display Name: Chad G.

Date Joined: 03/30/06

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/21/08
  • Last Review: 01/19/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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