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ASUS Radeon R9 380 STRIX-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-GAMING 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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3 out of 5 eggs Poor value compared to other 380s, looks impressive 04/21/2016

This review is from: ASUS Radeon R9 380 STRIX-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-GAMING 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: Nice packaging, looks boss hoss, asus build quality?

Cons: I am comparing this to a PCS 380x, and a XFX 380. This card is bigger, runs louder, and hotter then the other two with the same load. I have to say, i am very impressed with the XFX 380. Under full load its quiet, 61C and it takes up the least space in my rig. The asus could be a deal breaker not only from fitment, but its single 8 pin pci-e power connector. It was not bundled with any adapters and not all of my power supplies could accommodate this.

Bottom line is: this video card costs more, is not bundled with a free game, adapters, etc. it runs more hot, it is louder. Save $20 and get the XFX 380 4gb or for almost the same price get 20% more performance with PCS 380x.

Other Thoughts: It wasnt even bundled with ashes of singularity which i felt was misleading. I clicked on an ashes of singularity promotion and this card was grouped with them.

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XFX Radeon R9 380 R9-380P-2255 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation XXX OC Video Card
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Pros: Runs cool and quiet under full load. I only play CS:GO right now, and honestly my 7770 handled that game just fine.

Cons: 2gb card is getting to be pretty limited, pretty soon the DAG file will be to large to load into memory. Without 4gb of memory i think its future crossfire performance would be pretty weak too.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card for mining cryptocurrencies, it was the cheapest R9 card i could find. Used 7950/7970/280x were all $250+ Compared to my old 270x, this is about 40% faster and a lot more civil. My 270x requres 80% fan speed to keep the temps under 70. This card runs at 48% and 60C. I have not tried any overclocking, currently getting 20mh/sec at 980mhz. the 270x gets 14mh/s at 1070mhz

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SilverStone RAVEN Series RV05B Black Plastic outer shell, steel body Computer Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Compact, excellent air flow, cool design 04/21/2015

This review is from: SilverStone RAVEN Series RV05B Black Plastic outer shell, steel body Computer Case

Pros: I love the 90 degree turned motherboard design. I am no engineer, but we know heat rises. have huge fans drawing cool air from the bottom and expelling out the top is common sense. However there is another benefit. Over the years ive seen my fair share of bent motherboards or video cards being torqued against gravity. Generally you have 1-2 screws at one end and a pci-e slot holding up a huge video card, over time it stresses the motherboard and video card PCB. with a 90 degree motherboard the video card can rest straight up and down with gravity instead of against it.

Excellent cable management for M-ATX boards, with a full ATX it can be a little cramped.

Cons: The case is smaller and flimsy compared to other cases in his price point or my old RV03. Very limited space for hard drives. two 3.5" drives two 2.5" drives on the back side of the motherboard. Its a clever use of space, but in my scenario it was the wrong case for my needs.

Other Thoughts: For my needs an Antec P280 would of been better suited. If your a gamer / overclocker looking for a compact high flow case, this is worth checking out.

I posted a video review of this on youtube if you want to see the unboxing and computer assembly.

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Display Name: David T.

Date Joined: 01/10/03

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  • First Review: 02/07/11
  • Last Review: 04/21/16
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