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MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, good looking, good while it lasted. 4 free games that I downloaded (verified 4 games on my PC working) and pretty lights. The performance was great and really picked up my frame rate from my old gigabyte 7870.

Cons: The card started getting really hot around the logo side next to the slot end where the plugins were. I talked to a guy at MSI that didn't sound to thrilled who said they were going to email me a bios update, never got it. The vga fan control software would not report the middle yellow fan speed or the PWM temp. The Lightning logo only changes colors if you unplug the third 6 pin plug beside the other two 8 pin ones, which when plugged in makes the logo red permanently with no color change. The MSI tep told me that all three plugs have to be in, which doesn't make any sense for the lighting. The blue less on the backplate side of the card lit up all the way to the goldfinger side of the card to show load or something, then eventually stuck on solid after a day or two. The rep at MSI also told me to switch the bios to normal to get the fan control working, which it did not. I don't see why I would have to sacrifice LN2 mode just to use a fan controller, but it didn't work anyway. On day three I woke up to my motherboard beep code of a failed video adapter, one long and two short on my Asus mobo. The card stopped working all together, the fans and lights would turn on but no video and beep codes from my mobo, and worked fine the day before. A replacement is on it's way.

Other Thoughts: I am disappointed at the way my call was handled, and the employee sounded tired and bothered.

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Too Hot Too loud perfoms poorly 11/01/2014

This review is from: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card

Pros: Was cheap compared to the other cards, and high OC.

Cons: Nvidia/EVGA software crashes all the time when clicking through it, fans were exceptionally loud compared to other cards with similar clock speeds, and the amount of heat generated by this card is immense (145F idle) when playing BF4 or equivalent games. You can feel the hot air blowing out of the back of this thing which is hotter than my overclocked AMD 8320FX CPU.

Other Thoughts: I am going with an R9 290X because of noise and heat issues, and the cooler on my old gigabyte 7870 OC to 1100MHz never got as hot as the 970 did. They make even better coolers on the new cards, and ill probably go with sapphire this time because their 290X has great reviews.

OCZ Vector Series 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Fast but unreliable 03/31/2014

This review is from: OCZ Vector Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC VTR1-25SAT3-128G

Pros: Boots Windows 7 64-bit faster than 2 1TB WD Black drives in RAID0, but loses data-see cons

Cons: This drive kept either losing my data or freezing every 20 minutes and then kept going, but with the loss of data. I had a music folder that would get deleted every time I started Windows, and the drive acted like it did not want to save any new. Things would go missing, or revert back to an old file. I finally had to send it back after it deleted my schoolwork folder that I luckily saved a copy of on my WD RAID0 black drives.

Other Thoughts: I will probably try Samsung this time, since they have such a good review lineup.


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Display Name: Andrew S.

Date Joined: 02/21/08

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  • Last Review: 11/29/15
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