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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 week to 1 month

Pros: Pretty design, excellent cooling design, and lots of power under the hood. Handled everything I threw at it, and most of the problems I ended up with were unoptimized like ARMA 3 or Contagion. Worked nicely and wasn't noisy when It worked.

Cons: Unfortunately, I received a defective card. I noticed it happening during some SC2 where there were terribly defunct textures, and I started losing FPS even though my 6950 1gb can run the game on ultra settings with only a few things needing to be turned down. Then one day I fired up ARMA 3 and my computer would lock up solid, only getting my input every 30 seconds. After closing any game I tried this with, I went into CCC and saw it under 100% load, and over 70C even though I was sitting on the desktop! Something ain't right, so my RMA is submitted and it's getting sent out tomorrow.

Something people with mid-atx cases need to know, this card is one foot long. It's beefy, but worth it. Take a ruler and try to jam it where your slot is, and make sure it won't hit any drive bays. I barely squeaked by with a Rosewill Redbone, but things have gotten much better since I got it, so just do your homework.

Other Thoughts: The card is great! I loved every second I was rocking ARMA 3 at over 50FPS with everything maxed! It certainly can handle it own. I just need one that's not broken. Newegg will take care of me, they always have in the past. :D

BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A decent motherboard for the price. Comes with lots of pretty colors and hookups. Solid feel, and seems stable enough.

Cons: Well, this is my 2nd. Since August of 2012. I got this along with all my other parts for a decent gaming rig. Then suddenly, coil whine. Oh man, the coil whine. I've been having nothing but problems with the dang coil whine. So I got it RMA'd, and they said even though they can't hear it, they'll send me a new one. :/ Hm, okay. So I get the new one, and it fits as akwardly as ever, but still nice and snug. I reinstall all my other parts, [sans cooler, forgot my S524's rubber gaskets], and lo and behold, three weeks later [early march, late feburary] -> Coil whine! Again! Not as loud, for now, or as insistent, but MADDENING. Coil whine is probably the equivalent of nail on chalkboards for most people. I email Biostar back again about this, and they're asking me all these questions about overclocking and whatnot. I tell 'em I have the ram bumped up to 1866 instead of 1600, and that's it. No response. They have seemed to just begun to ignore me, and that's how it's going to be, I guess. They boast solid capacitors and all this high-quality material, but you're going to sit there and tell me it can't handle everything it says it's designed to? No.

Very unhappy with how this is going, and I don't want another replacement. This one proved that it's a solid feeling but overall poorly built board, and can't handle simple use and moderate gaming.

Other Thoughts: Coil whine... Ugh. I feel so let down as a customer and consumer. I'd gladly take another board over this one, at this point. I actually am considering duct-taping anything that's not a fan to shut this thing up.

Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Cool, big, and sexy. 04/13/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes

Pros: Excellent heat dissipation. Love the fact that the fan hardly needs to run to keep my rig in mid 30's. Loved the fact that it would only have to spin up to barely anything to keep me cool while rocking out Crysis 2 and whatnot. Loved the fact that it has a specifically shaped heatsink designed for clearing RAM. Loved the price, and just love Cooler Master in general. I personally know their products are decent quality and price.

Cons: A few flaws. First, and foremost, the reduction of one egg for the unnecessary amount of fin width. I understand heat dissipation and how cool this thing was, but dropping 2 or 4 fins total [one or two from each side] would've made this thing fit a whole lot better. I use a Biostar TZ77XE3 motherboard, and this would partially block the top PCIE slot due to it's unecessary width. I was forced to put my card in the 2nd slot, which runs at 8X. That was my problem, and it may seem nitpickish, but there's a point where performance meets utility, and this one has too much in the former.

Other Thoughts: Now, don't you think i'm being an idiot and not going into this without doing my research. I always do. Always. Other than it being slightly too fat [even if the 120mm hung over by a cm on each side, my card would've fit], it's perfect for cooling. Either have a board with two x16 slots, or go different. I shouldn't have to sacrifice gaming ability for cooling, and vice versa.

Also, had to RMA that motherboard [still having the same problem with the new one, biostar has iffy customer support.], and forgot to take off my gaskets off the board. Those little rubber rings are absolutely critical to keeping your board in decent shape, and I can't put it on without it. I already ordered a new cooler, but still wish it came with the extras to compensate my error. No, i don't want my hand held, but extra parts are -always- nice.


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Display Name: Nikolas G.

Date Joined: 07/08/07

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  • First Review: 08/21/11
  • Last Review: 11/10/15
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