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SAPPHIRE 100361BF4SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 BattleField 4 Game Edition Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Low power consumption when idle, good chunk of VRAM (4GB) for higher resolution gaming, easy installation for Crossfire setup without the need for bridge connector(s). Much cheaper than Titan, and for almost half the price as of this writing. Good GPU scaling in Crossfire mode, but all newer cards do this well.

Ultra settings on most games runs very well at 2560x1600. Some of the more demanding titles such as Metro Last Light and Crysis 3 run very well (60+fps avg.) on High Settings, but still fall under 60fps when maxed out.

BF4 runs great (mostly 65-175fps) on Ultra settings with two of these in Crossfire mode at 1600p resolution. One card will suffice for anyone running 1080p or lower.

Cons: AMD drivers for this card caused quite a headache for me over the weekend. I tried the ones included on the disc first since I received my card on Friday and AMD had not uploaded drivers for the 290X on their website at that time. Some games ran fine, others locked up the PC after a few minutes of play. Newly released drivers didn't change anything. Games ran fine with Crossfire disabled, but not when using both cards.

This led me to purchase a power meter to see if I was somehow maxing out my 1000w PSU and causing the crashes due to power issues. Nope, even with 5 HDD's, a DVD burner, four case fans, Sound Blaster Z audio card, an overclocked i5 2500k to 4.0ghz, and 2x Radeon 290X's, my power usage stays somewhere between 600-790watts when playing various games.

After much research I found a suggestion to disable AMD's audio device through the Device Manager. It fixed the issue for me! It must have conflicted with my Sound Blaster Z. Try this if you get lock-ups!!

My upgrade from a 2GB VRAM GTX 680 to this 4GB 290X still isn't enough VRAM for all games. BF4 uses ALL of it on Ultra settings @ 1600p. I saw numbers above 4040mb of usage when using HBAO and High Anti-Aliasing mode. I switched down to SSAO and it tends to stay around 3880mb of VRAM used. BF4 is VRAM hungry!

This card runs too hot! I now need to get a new case with more airflow to help control the heat. The cards hit 95c quickly and it raises the temps of everything else in the case. My CPU temps rose from an average of 45c while gaming to about 58-62c just by moving up from much cooler GTX 680's to these scorching 290X's. AMD claims it's well within the safe limit of the cards, but I'm worried about my other components now.

Other Thoughts: The BF4 code included only works from 10/27 on. Those who had issues beforehand simply needed to wait until closer to launch day.

Even though the mode that switches from Quiet mode to Uber allows for higher fan control, it still caps it at 55% fan speed. As a result, the card will still hit 95c and then the card will throttle down in clock speed. I've seen it fluctuate between 850-950mhz quite a bit while playing Metro Last Light and Crysis 3. BF4 seems to hold steady at 1000mhz core clock when running on Ultra settings.

Unless you have very good airflow, or go with some sort of water cooling route for these cards, you are still going to run into heat issues which will downclock the speed of the cards. The cards will do whatever is necessary to maintain at or below 95c, which means downclocking the core speed even on the Ultra bios setting.

If these cards had thermals similar to Titan, I would be highly impressed and it would be enough for me to give them a perfect 5/5. The only other flaw I ran into, or I'm sure not everyone will, is the AMD audio locking up my computer. It took a lot of troubleshooting to figure it out, but I did. Watch out for this!

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LOGISYS Computer CS308RD Red / Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great looking case. It's very hard to tell just by looking at it that it costs so little.

Easy to build a budget PC in this case as there is plenty of room for components.

Cons: Arrived with scratches already on the front panel where the red paint is.

Side window arrived with broken plastic at the bottom.

The power supply was bent at a strange angle and the PSU mount/shelf was also bent downward so the PSU didn't have a proper rest. I had to fix this myself. Thankfully it's such thin metal that it was easy to bend back in place.

The interior of the case I received is NOT black, even though it's clearly stated to be black on Newegg's website description/pics. The box I received the case in was even marked as black steel, but mine has a silver interior. Not sure how this passed the quality check.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this case and use high-end components. That doesn't mix well. If you have nice equipment then look for a nicer case. If you're on a strict budget then this will do nicely.

This case worked out for building a low-budget PC for a friend of mine. I just wish it had come in proper condition, and as advertised.

Logisys should be ashamed of their quality control.

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Polk Audio Monitor Series New Monitor 75T Four-Way Ported Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great speakers - need lots of power! 07/30/2013

This review is from: Polk Audio Monitor Series New Monitor 75T Four-Way Ported Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single

Pros: I had to write this review after seeing some of the garbage that has been written about these speakers. Uninformed purchasers are giving these some bad rep because of their mistake of buying high-powered speakers and using it with low-end equipment. This leads to a lackluster impression of what truly is a great product.

These speakers produce wonderful highs and mids, with some impressive low-end if you have the right set up for it. For the price paid, I'd say these are the budget bargain to go for, given you have the power to run them.

These Polk's look intimidating with the grills off, but any light at all and the cones shine too much, especially in a room-darkened environment. Thankfully they still look great with the covers on.

Cons: These are very power hungry, and because of that a lot of people buy these with high expectations, and are let down when they hear how they sound when hooked up to under-powered and/or low-end receivers. Don't blame these speakers for your lack of power.

Other Thoughts: Please give these adequate power in order to get the most out of them. If you have these in a 5.1 or 7.1 setup with a 90wpc receiver, you're realistically only providing them with about 65-75 watts of power, as the receiver has to distribute power across more than it's stereo-rated array of channels.

If you are running stereo only you may be alright with a receiver that supplies around 120 watts of power. The more the better. Once you hit 200+ is where the magic happens.

I didn't like how mine sounded until I purchased a 5 channel amp with 200 watts of continuous power per channel. These sound incredible when fed well!

If you don't have the juice for these then you should probably step down to a lower end version. The 55T's would sound better if ran on a low powered receiver.

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Date Joined: 01/12/04

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