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SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390 100382NTOCL 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 2.2 Slot, ATX Tri-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Stays quite cool at around 66 degrees when stress testing.
-Played witcher 3 and battlefield 4 on ultra @ 1080p for a few hours without crashing.
-Very quiet even with the fans cranking at 50%
-Looks freaking awesome (5 eggs for that alone).

Cons: -I look at the specifications, I got out a ruler, I measured the extent to which my case would fit such a behemoth, and I knew for a fact it was not going to fit in my case no matter how I shuffled the drive bays around... Bought it anyways. A pair of tin snips fixed that problem handsomely.

-It also weighs a lot. But the way I cosmetically modified my case resulted in a built in "support system" now.

-Really interesting, and according to the internet, common problem during installation (see other thoughts).

Other Thoughts: Disclaimer: I lay no claims to the accuracy or the helpfulness of the following message.

BLACK/BLANK SCREEN AFTER THE WINDOWS LOGO ANIMATION AFTER HAVING INSTALLED THE LATEST DRIVERS (15.15 as of time of writing)).

-THE PROBLEM:

I had a bit of an issue while installing. After a fresh install of windows 7 64bit, I installed the drivers, rebooted, and after the windows logo does it's little animation thing while it's loading, the screen goes black and stays black. The machine had not crashed because the sound still worked (I could hear the startup sound and that noise it makes when it decides to load my mouse drivers)

-THE potential CAUSE(s):

Some people claim there is a bit of a conflict between windows' automatically detected new device driver "generic VGA adapter" thing, and the installed AMD drivers. Some people have stated that simply disabling auto detect/install drivers on windows fixed the problem.

Another problem I've come across people claiming was a lack of voltage to the card.

Personally, I'm thinking it's the voltage one. Though I'm working this off a 600w corsair psu (which is beyond PLENTY for this single card). Unlikely the psu's fault though.

-THE FIX (at least the one that worked for me):

This took quite a few hours to figure out but it was worth it.
-If you tried installing drivers earlier/had residual driver from a previous card, wipe them. Kill them with fire if need be.
-Start by installing JUST the drivers from the driver suite, uncheck everything else that can be unchecked (CCC, HDMI audio, etc).
-Boot to the black screen.
-Physically unplug the DVI cable from the card itself (or hdmi, dp, whatever. I happen to use the DVI port) and plug it back in.
-If the screen came back, congrats. If it didn't, then the following isn't going to be helpful and you best get to filling out that RMA form...
-Use MSI afterburner to DOWNCLOCK the memory from it's native 1500 MHz to something more sizable like, say, 1100 MHz. Apply these settings to startup.
-Restart. It should have fixed the black screen upon booting.
-If you want, you can up the memory clock bit by bit until it black screens again, that's your prerogative. I got mine to 1375 MHz before the black screens came back.
-Go back and install the CCC, HDMI stuff, AMD gaming evolved app (if you're actually into that?)...
-Enjoy.

That's all I got. Note that fix ONLY applies to SOME cases of the black screen upon boot (after installing the drivers). I don't guarantee it will work for you even if you're having the exact same issues. If it's black screening/BSOD'ing during benchmarking/gaming, godspeed to ya.

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Sony Active Style Stereo Headphones with Around the Ear Soft Loop Hangers - Engineered for Astounding Sound and Designed for Walking, Jogging, Exercising, Sports & Bike Riding - Compatible with Most M
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Most comfortable clip-on style earbuds I've ever used. Easily worn for 16+ hours a day (yes, some days I really have them in that long). I personally find the sound quality just as good as any other pair of headphones out there, but that's also something I care little about. These headphones are for comfort more than anything.

Cons: I've owned 4 pairs of these, and every time after about 9 months, the left side kinda dies. Still sound coming from it, but barely. I keep going with just the right side until that dies usually a month or two later.

Browsing other models, this seems to be common with sony.

Other Thoughts: My most recent pair has just died, and will definitely be replaced with another pair. The comfort is just unbeatable.

If you're fine with replacing them every so often, these are great. Overall: would recommend.

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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's RAM. You put it in, you test it, it works/doesn't work. Nothing special. This set happened to work.

However, the low profile flashy orange heat-sink looks really cool. And I guess it comes with a tower badge... There's not really much to say here.

Cons: Apparently I have to write something here...

_MIGHT_ be problematic getting the memory profile right in the BIOS, but this wasn't any trouble for me.

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Cole S.'s Profile

Display Name: Cole S.

Date Joined: 11/08/11

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/25/11
  • Last Review: 06/25/15
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