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SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 100384NT4GOC-2L 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Dual-X OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very nice looking all around, with the back-plate being an especially nice looking feature. Factory over-clocked 380 GPU with 4GB of 256-Bit RAM. Powerful enough for most modern video games. Easy installation. Intelligent Fan Control keeps it very quiet most of the time. Plenty of bang for your buck.

Cons: None so far, but I haven’t pushed it extremely hard yet. I will update this review if I discover any cons.

Other Thoughts: Overall, a very nice card for the price. I can’t say enough about how nice this card looks. The pictures don’t do it justice… you have to see it in real life. The lines, contour and color of this card make it one of the cleanest and most professional looking cards I’ve ever used. The attractive back-plate really puts the icing on the cake of this cards great aesthetics. The only eye-sore (and it is pretty minor) is the 6 pin power plugs are mounted with the clip side up. I think it looks better when the clips are facing down (underneath), but that’s just my opinion, and shouldn’t be considered a deal breaker. This thing was remarkably easy to install, and didn’t give me one iota of grief. And yes, it does have Windows 10 drivers. The last several versions of AMD display drivers have supported Windows 10, so I’m not sure why anyone would suggest that there are “no drivers for Windows 10”. I’m not a big gamer, but I do enjoy playing any of the NFS titles and a few other racing games. I also edit, convert, encode, and watch quite a bit of HD video. So far, so good with this card. I haven’t seen the slightest flicker or anomaly whatsoever, and the fans have stayed pretty quiet so far. If anything changes, I’ll update this review.

CORSAIR RM850i 850W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply Nvidia Sli ready and crossfire support  with C-link
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Well built, solid, no-nonsense PSU, right down to the very heavy-duty AC power cord. Very clean, professional, and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Very high efficiency, fan only runs under heavy load and is very quiet when it does. Generous amount of power outputs and features. Fully modular with ripple filtering, braided sleeved cables. White and black color scheme blends nicely with just about any color theme. The nylon storage bag for cables and the velour storage bag for the PSU are nice little perks also.

Cons: Nothing significant enough to be mentioned as a con. I will elaborate more in “Other Thoughts”

Other Thoughts: Another high quality, trend-setting Corsair product. As my grandpa used to say about good quality products, “this one’s a dandy”. While it may not be considered a plus by everyone, this PSU is pretty heavy, which is typically characteristic of very high-quality, well-built power supplies. The price vs. quality ratio is also excellent with this PSU. It has the quality and features of other high-end power supplies, but manages to stay a little below the price of most other comparable models. In fact, after discounts, rebate, and a courtesy credit, I got mine for an obscenely low price. There are however, two things I’m not completely pleased with, and they both have to do with the cables. First, I like the idea of ripple filtering, but rather than put capacitors in the cables (which makes them a little unsightly and unmanageable), I wish they would have put them inside the PSU, possibly on the back side of the power connectors. This would yield the exact same results, and keep the cables looking as lean and clean as the rest of the PSU. Second thing, I wish they would have gone ahead and sleeved all the cables. The cables without capacitors (Sata power, 4 pin Molex, Corsair Link, and a few other miscellaneous cables) are unsleeved, plain black poly coated wire, and could look a little cheesy or mix & match when used with the other sleeved cables. I have purchased a full set of CableMod custom sleeved cables for this PSU, so the unsleeved cables will be of no consequence to me this time around. On sale or not, this PSU should prove to be a very good investment under any circumstances.

APEVIA  CF12SL-B4C  120mm UV multi-color LED fan w/3-pin and 4-pin connectors and black grill
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Works great. Bright, colorful LEDs. Good airflow for such a quite fan. Comes with a nice looking black grill, two sets of mounting screws, and a good quality 3 to 4 pin adapter. All connecters and wiring are black and create a clean, inconspicuous, and professional look inside the case. Last, but not least, it looks REALLY COOL when it’s running inside my dark computer case.

Cons: None so far. Mine does run a little slower (1200 RPM) than the advertised RPM, but I have not verified that the motherboard connecter is supplying the full 12 volts required to run it at maximum speed.

Other Thoughts: I’m a little confused about the reviews claiming poor airflow. Is this based on actual results of CFM testing, or are people just holding their hand in front of the fan and guessing? Given all the facts, this fan seems to (and yes, I too am guessing a little) move as much air as any other fan I’ve owned with the same specs and price range. I would not hesitate to buy another one when the time comes.


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Display Name: Scott N.

Date Joined: 04/13/03

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 04/27/08
  • Last Review: 04/27/16
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