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Pros: • Consistent and good performance.
• High speeds. Near-identical to going straight through your modem/gateway.
• Ready and easy to use GUI (based off of Tomato, which is based off of DD-WRT/OpenWRT).
• Some settings don't require a reboot.
• Semi-easy connection to WAN (see other).
• Many useful features within the GUI.
• Rescue Mode! Never softbrick your router from bad flashes. (see Con's).

Cons: • Rescue Mode does not work in anything beyond Windows 7, NAT differences in Windows 8.1 means the OS will not recognize the router in rescue mode.
• Newer HW revisions mean difficulty in getting custom firmware (Merlin, DD-WRT, Tomato) to work effectively.
• Internal antenna unit (see other).

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these units for $29.99 each, through Newegg e Bay, refurbished. Looking at others reviews, it seems that the refurbished units perform quite a bit better than factory floor, brand new units. As a test, I flashed Tomato through the GUI. If you are going to flash custom firmware, DO NOT DO SO THROUGH THE GUI. Use the rescue mode on Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 to do so, then perform a 30-30-30 reset so that your NVRAM is cleared.

So far, I have not had ANY trouble with these routers, and all settings seem to work flawlessly. Due to the absence of an external antenna, I would STRONGLY suggest using two of them in a wired AP bridge (or at the very least, as a wireless repeater).

These units also seem to work well with a AIO Gateway placed in bridge mode, as speeds are very similar, 90.5Mbps Down over 12.1Mbps Up, versus 93Mbps Down over 12.6 Up directly connected to the gateway.

All-in-all a solid router when not experiencing any technical issues.

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MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: Fade Touched Textures, Dragon Age Inquisition.
Ultra High, Grand Theft Auto V.
Ultra High, Crysis 3.

FurMark Overburned for 16 hours and temps stayed below stress levels. Fan does get loud after about 60-70% but that is to be expected. This card really has no trouble with anything you throw at it.

Cons: Much like a few other customers, I too am experiencing issues with artifacting, but only in select titles. So far, only GTA V and Crysis 3 (both intensely graphic defined games) have experienced any issues with artifacts. Some stick around, others are gone once the refresh rate makes a few cycles. While annoying, it isn't going to be too big an issue for me, so long as it does not impact system performance or cause BSOD's.

Other Thoughts: MSI needs to address the artifact issue. Bad NAND flashes on some units maybe?

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MSI R9 270 GAMING 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Conquered a 6 hour BURN-IN w/ Furmark 01/18/2014

This review is from: MSI R9 270 GAMING 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: I might not have had this card for long, but it's fairly quiet while idle (at 20-40% fan speed). I ran a 6 hour burn-in test (21600000ms) and the card hardly broke a sweat. It started out at around 57*F and after six hours of MXAA max burn out settings, the frames never dipped below 20FPS and the temp hit 143*F and stayed there the rest of the test. This thing is a fighter. Crysis 3 gets 38-42 FPS constant. BEAST.

Cons: It's huge. Like, Terran Battle Cruiser huge. Half the size of a 360 Slim. Not much more than that, but what do you expect from a darn good card?!?

Other Thoughts: MOAR! Going to upgrade to a Tri-Fire system next year. Will be getting more of these or their sister products at that point.

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Display Name: David B.

Date Joined: 06/23/08

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 07/09/08
  • Last Review: 01/08/16
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