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Pros: Free Ship
Plenty O Power
Fully Modular. It makes a difference
Cons: I don't need fancy bags
Other Thoughts: Power supplies are hard to review. All I want is stable quiet power and I have to trust the guys that have the tools to quantify stability. The PSU is quiet. It has great reviews and EVGA as a vendor is very well thought of.
I like the velcro ties. Hadn't seen this type before. I can snub them tight.
Pros: On Sale
Afterburner software well thought out if you are into that sort of thing. I'm not.
Cons: MSI forum is NOT what it used to be. I will no longer recommend MSI based on the forum and I am
an 11 year member.
Seems flimsy, droops after the slot. That could be solved with a backplate?
Dumb, poorly explained and documented vBIOS switch.
If I put my ear next to the card I can hear it while running the OS. If I raise and support the droop with my finger the noise lessens.
Other Thoughts: I have been running a 6870 for 4 years and though still a great card it was time to upgrade.
I follow the advice at a well known hardware site that recommends only upgrading if the card offers 3 steps of performance improvement over what you are running now. The R9 280 is 4 steps over the 6870.
It doesn't matter which R9 brand you choose IMO.
If you spend time and research the R9 280's, all reviewers have the same complaints about their brand choice: artifacts, coil whine, I need a new BIOS, DOA, fan is to loud,
I had to move my hard drives, etc. I discount those comments for the most part unless they are overwhelming in number. The "Pro" reviews APPEAR to offer deeper insight. The "Pros" almost NEVER write about problems with the cards and if they do it is seemingly never "our" problems. They too have their favorite brands and relationships with the vendors.
Despite their statements to the contrary it effects their conclusions. I use those reviews with several grains of salt.
The criteria I use to determine which brand to buy:
1) Prior success or failure with any of that vendors product line.
2) Price, which includes: free shipping, rebate, discount item and perks.
3) Support: Toll-free ? 24 hour ? Quality forum ?
4) The company I buy from. I won't buy from a company named "Cancellation Video Cards" to save $15
This time I went MSI. I have had success with MSI during the last 11 years. It has been several years since I bought any of their products though I still use a mobo in one of the household computers.
I got the card and 3 PC games for $229. Four years ago I paid more for my 6870. When the rebate arrives I will be out of pocket $199. Less if I sell the 6870.
The performance of the card is everything I had hoped for. I am not big on frame rate. To me the difference between 60 or 65 fps is insignificant. As long as temps aren't ridiculous I don't care if it's 30C or 33C at rest or 65C or 70C while under load.
What I do care about above all else is noise. While the card is doing anything other then gaming I would rather not hear it. Fan noise while gaming maybe unavoidable with any OEM's cooling scheme. I can hear the fans on the MSI card
only while gaming.
AMD's CCC lets the user adjust fan speed manually. I leave it on auto, always. For this review and comparison with the 6870 I experimented. The fan runs at 18% by default. I can't hear it. It becomes audible in a quiet room at about 30 to 35 %. The fan ramps up while gaming but the sound increase doesn't bother me.
Coil whine is apparent in few of my games and then only in some menus. I do not hear any coil whine during game play.
I had the same coil whine results with the 6870. It's the card yes, but the game also.
16 gigs GSkill RAM
Corsair Force GS
Based on my criteria and experiences with this card I see no reason not to recommend it.
This review is from: GIFT AMD GOLD 3 GAMES 2014 (Up to $150 Retail Value)
Pros: Free, kinda
Games I wanted to play
Cons: Not too new
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