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Rosewill WolfAlloy ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, support VGA card length up to 340mm, come with four fans-2 x Front 120mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great cooling Fans
HDD mounts are superb and do not require any aftermarket brackets for 2.5inch drives (laptop drives and SSDs)
Plenty of space
Looks Sick!
Nice side panel.
Good cable management
Attractive price
USB 3.0 headers.
Power button is nice
Cleaning is pretty easy
Water cooling tube slots if you were so inclined.

Cons: Side panel window could have been a bit wider. Like extended right up to the point where it lines up with the drive bays
No included speaker? My old Rosewill Challenger case came with a MOBO speaker, but I guess you could make an argument that it is the motherboard that should come with that.

Other Thoughts: Looking for a decently priced case with all the essential bells and whistles with a rebellious slash design in the front? This is your baby.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A88X-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs All around decent motherboard for price to performance 12/25/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-F2A88X-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: A88x chipset
8 of FRONT FACING sata 6Gbps ports!
Chipset coolers aren't too shabby.
Excellent driver support options from Gigabytes website.
Dual Bios is a life saver. (Haven't needed it on this board but boy did it save a lot of hassle when I had a psu blow on me last year in a friends build).
Love the layout and color scheme.

Runs Linux Ubuntu Server 14.04.1 Windows 10, and windows server R2 2012 without any problems.

Cons: TL DR: 1. Overclocking issues. 2. Not full atx width when it comes to mobo standoff screws (put ram in before installing mobo) 3.

Overclocking with this puppy has been a pain. I can't seem to find what the default voltages are, and I can't get any changes made to voltage to stick- I. e. I can't set them to a static value. Cpu multiplyer is working fine enough as is the iGPU multiplyer, but cpu speed throttles down when the igpu kicks in regardless of me disabling c6 state, turbo boost, and cool & quiet. Not quite sure what to do about that. Will look into some fancier cooling options and see if that does anything for me but otherwise I can't really push my A10 7850k all that hard unless I am not using the igpu which was kinda the point of this build haha.

This could be a ram or memory controller issue: I am rolling with 2x4 gigs of 2400mhz gskill Aries ddr3 ram and 2400 was just not stable using the XMP or AMD profiles. It booted fine and would run, however, I would get random crashes to desktop regularly and had one BSOD. Downclocked to 2133 and didn't have a problem. Buddy played Shadow of Mordor for like 10 hours straight without even a hickup after the downclock. Not the end of the world though. Was using the light grey slots as indicated by the manual for when doing ram tweaks. Would like to bump up voltage just a hair to see if that improved stability but again, I am unable to make changes to voltage stick :(

Was able to get to 4.2Ghz without touching voltage, but would auto throttle the instant the igpu was put under load to about 3ghz.

I am on the latest BIOS so can't really do anything but wait and see if a new release will fix my overclocking woes. (Currently running bios version F6)

Because of this if there are any of the more "enthusiast" fm2+ boards with a A88x Chipest priced competitivley (within $20) I would say go for those if you are into overclocking. Otherwise this board is nearly perfect. At my time of purchase the board was well below that hundo dolla level. (using weird lingo to avoid being scrapped for including pricing/availability rule violations)

Other Thoughts: Currently using this thing for 3 purposes
1. Budget sub $500 gaming pc for friends to use when they come over as most of them are using cruddy laptops with intel hd 4000 series graphics lol.
2. Home NAS server running Ubuntu Server 14.04.1
3. Using it to test out/learn the ways of Windows Server 2012 R2

Full build specs:
A10 7850k
2x4 2400mhz Aries Gskill RAM
500 Watt (EVGA 100-W1-500-KR 500W) 80+ cert Power Supply Unit
1 120gig Mushkin MLC SSD
1 old seagate 500gig laptop drive I saved from an old machine that a client gave to me to recycle/salvage
Server 2012 R2 180 day eval copy Ubuntu Server 14.04.1 SSH Samba packages installed Windows 10 x64
Cooler: using the stock cooler from my FX 8320 125Watt TDP- this will probably be the next thing I upgrade in the rig if I don't just cave and buy a R7 360.

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
  • neweggOwned 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)


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