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XFX Double D R9-280X-TDFD Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: For the first seven/eight months of having this card I really liked it. The performance was what I expected, temps were good, especially idle temps, and it was quiet.

At 1080p it maxed out most games I threw at it.

Also, it came with Battlefield 4, which is why I choose this over the three slot Asus 280x.

Cons: It's long and heavy. There is a fear that the board will bend after certain amount of time.

Oh yeah, one more, it's a biggie.

The other day I loaded up battlefield 4 (computer was on about 10-15 minutes before this) then alt-tabbed out, and then my PC shutdown and restarted. My case has a window so I was able to see a little flame shootout of my card, near the crossfire connector. I instantly pulled the plug and removed the card to check for damage.

There was a burnt electronics smell coming from it, and looking closely and carefully with a flashlight (it was very hard checking because of the cooler) it appeared the a resistor was sticking up as if it had popped or exploded out.

Other Thoughts: I was going to wait on the review, but a little surprised at response about RMA from XFX. They told me to contact my reseller for RMA (it's been almost 8 months), and that if I did it through them they would take 1 -2 months to send it back. It seemed like most are getting theirs back after 1 - 2 weeks according to forum posts.

If you interested I has this hooked up to a Super Fower Golden King 650w 80 Plus platinum PSU, and placed on an Asrock H87 performance motherboard. Never overclocked the card or any component in my case, an Antec Eleven Hundred.

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BELKIN PURE AV AM00001b06 6 ft. HDMI to HDMI Cable M-M
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It does what it is supposed to do which for is deliver a 1080p signal from my PC to my toshiba 42" tv.

Cons: Though this was much cheaper than it was in the stores and had free shipping, it is still more expensive than cables I could have gotten elsewhere that would have worked just as well.

Other Thoughts: Don't let the retail saleman fool you. They make a lot of their profits selling the accessories like this for way more than they're worth. As long as a HDMI cable is wired correctly it's going to do 1080p just fine. There is no reason to spend more than $20 on any cable, and that's with shipping

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Toshiba REGZA 42
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great High Def picture. Easy set up for getting both cable channels and OTA channels. This thing picked up tons of OTA channels in the Detroit Area with no antenna and no effort on my part. Lots of HDMI inputs. This TV also has excellent whites and blacks, and I haven't even went through setting up the colors to be spot on.

Cons: So-so picture on non digital channels. The VGA port only does resolution up to 1366x768, so I had to get a HDMI cable to get 1080p from my PC.

Other Thoughts: I've noticed some standard def tv looks better when I stretch picture to full screen for some reason. This TV looks a lot bigger in my room than it did next to the bigger TVs at the blue retail giant.

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Michael P.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael P.

Date Joined: 09/13/07

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 10/05/07
  • Last Review: 07/17/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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