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SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100362-2SR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Solid Performance and quality 11/21/2014

This review is from: SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100362-2SR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

Pros: I've had a 290 Tri-X for almost a year now and it's run everything I've thrown at it without hardly breaking sweat. I've rarely ever seen any of the games I play dip under 20FPS on the most demanding scenes, and I'll note that I run Eyefinity with three 21.5 inch monitors @ 5760x1080. Most every game, new or slightly older runs at this resolution without a problem. Cons aside, I don't believe you'll regret getting this card unless your significant other gets jealous about awesome hardware!

Cons: My only con is that the heatsink and fanshroud over shoot the graphics board itself by almost an inch, so it takes up a lot of space. It's also hard to find a compatible waterblock to replace this size queen of a card.

ASRock 990FX Extreme9 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: So right out of the box and into the case plugged in and fired up, this board works perfectly with a FX 9590. Handles fan management for the Liquid cooling system that came with the 9590 decent enough with some tweaking in the bios.

The AMD RADEON 1866 memory I got along with my order works flawlessy with this board as well thanks to the AMD profile support.

See Cons for issues!

Cons: One of the USB 3.0 Connections was broke and several pins were bent, only noticed this as I was moving some power supply cables around when switching PSU's. I don't use the case 3.0 plugs because the last asrock board I had froze up anytime I tried to use them. So this isn't a loss but a damaged product out of the box is.. annoying considering the price of this board.

Like my last ASRock board there is a very annoying screeching/buzzing noise coming off the board somewhere when I move my mouse around, or even while the computer is idle. I thought it might have been a power supply issue, and it turns out it wasn't, as I changed out a 850w Gold Plus certified PSU for a more powerful 1000W Gold Plus PSU, to no effect. It's intolerable without headphones on, and it gets twice as loud if I turn power management in windows to Performance. Very annoyed by this since upgrading my other components my computer got significantly quieter, except not thanks to the motherboard.

I went with Asrock because I liked the 890FX I had prior to this as it performed well. I will be RMAing this and switching to ASUS or Gigabyte. Hopefully they have quieter boards!

RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It is a solid power supply. The modular plugs and the cable lengths are decent for a smaller full tower computer case.

I didn't have any issues setting it up or have it unexpectedly crash.

However, see cons.

Cons: If you don't check your power supply for dust regularly you can encounter a problem with the fan (which is very cheap) shorting or dying unexpectedly. When the fan is dead you wont really know it till your computer shuts off with only a brief freeze. Also once this power supply looses its fan you can smell the electronic components getting overheated.

The warranty was up so the only thing I could do ( I was short on money at the time this happened) was go and get a 140mm fan (which is 5mm to big) and ghetto-rig it inside the power supply.

I'm not really impressed with the cheap quality of the fan inside this PSU. But it did last almost two full years before it died.

Other Thoughts: I don't think I will be buying raidmax again when I replace this power supply.


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Display Name: Jason B.

Date Joined: 08/28/06

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  • Last Review: 11/21/14
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