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XFX Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 R9-390P-8256 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation XXX OC Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: First- shout out to the XFX reps that respond to EVERY review you guys are awesome and helpful.

Fantastic price to performance.

Dat 8gb of VRAM *_*

This card is nearly silent under load it is still uber quiet.

512 bit bus.
Runs cooler and faster than my XFX R9 290

Comes with a back plate which looks pretty rad.

XFX's Lifetime warranty. (Be sure to register to get this ;) )
Supports Freesync, VSR (Virtual super Resolution) 4k

Free sync is amazing just saying I can't go back haha.

Cons: Few to Keep in mind
Primary functional one: HDMI port is rev 1.4. This means if you want to crank out 4k res over HDMI you are limited to 30fps (If you do it over display port you won't have this issue however many will consider/want to hook this up to a 4k TV rather than a monitor )

Rather power hungry be sure to have a beefy psu.

Back-plate covers the PCI express release lever which makes popping this thing in and out of a MOBO a slight challenge

The power connectors... they have the same annoying flaw that was present in XFX's 280 290 280x 290x non reference designs: They are a bare to unplug from due to the way the shroud half covers the release on the 6 and 8 pin pci power cable.

Bit long keep this in mind as it will not fit in every case out there. Put this into a Antec v2 1100 without any issues if you are looking for a case to refer to for size.

Other Thoughts: I am an AMD fan and I am an XFX fan. Cards I have owned or put into builds I have made for friends, family, clients so far have included HD 7870, 7950, R9 280, R9 270x R9 290, R7 240, and now the R9 390. Never had a problem with any of them other than few minor things like I listed in the cons.

My 290 and this 390 that I have put into a buds rig (He was the buyer hence me not being the "verified owner") easily push 2560x1440p resolutions. These are absolute OVERKILL for 1080p. They can do 4k but if you are looking for 4k max settings you will want to consider either 2 of these or something a bit fancier.

This card was paired with a i5 6600k (running stock) with 8 gigs of ram. Plows through The Witcher 3 with hairworks on at 1080p around 40-60 fps. Evolve vsr-ed to 3800x1800 around 60fps. (running catalyst 15.7.1)

The 290 and the 390 are very simlar cards (same # of stream processors same gcn architecture) the 390 has faster clock speeds and they run a bit cooler that being said the fps difference is nominal, which is something to keep in mind for pricing.

ALWAYS CLEAN INSTALL DRIVERS :D (Do this buy uninstalling old drivers before installing new ones)

Rosewill R-Studio SP-4310BT - 2.1 Bluetooth Speakers for PCs, Smartphones and Tablets
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice sound quality.
Incredibly easy to use and setup.
Button away from switching from bluetooth to wired connection.
Dat bass.

Cons: Short cables between the right and left speakers. If you use this alongside a larger T(50inches pluss) or a triple monitor setup, you might not be able to span the whole width to have them on the outside of the screen(s).

Other Thoughts: Got this as a present for my younger sister since I put together a machine for her out of spare parts. Was very pleased with the quality of the parts, sound, and just how nice it was to work with. Good size for a room or office setup.

TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The price.
AC tech
Usb port for firmware updates and FTP file storage
Finally have gigabit ports for my home network.
Again.. Price.
I love the user interface for setting up/configuring this router.
Super nice layout that is organized and easy to work with.
Sexy Antennas that can be easily swapped out (doubt you will need/want to though they are plenty capable)

Cons: No flashing LEDs by each port :( That is my one and only complaint about this router.
By default there was a wpa PIN enabled that I did not configure after doing the initail SSIDs and passwords, so that was a minor nuscance to have to go back and disable, but that is a REALLY minor issue and not really a con as it doesn't impact the performance of the router itself.

Other Thoughts: At the time of purchase and of writing this review, this was the only AC router that could be found at this price point. As a firm beliver in wired connections, I really didn't care to have the fanciest router out there but I really wanted to have the AC tech. Unless you are gonna be doing large file transfers in a peer to peer setting over wireless, or if you have Gigabit connections provided by your isp you really don't need AC750 wireless bandwith.. infact even then this would still be a bit overkill haha.

Thanks TP link!


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Display Name: Carl T.

Date Joined: 01/20/14

  • Reviews: 35
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  • First Review: 02/08/14
  • Last Review: 11/12/15
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