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This review is from: TP-Link TL-ANT2408CL 2.4GHz 8dBi Indoor Omni-directional Antenna
Pros: You can pick up wifi signals of your neighbors that are located 1-2 blocks away.
Works great for upgrading a router or wireless network card.
Cons: "So that must be Lord Farquaads Wifi Antenna. Do you think maybe he's compensating for something?"
Seriously this thing is almost as long as my forearm. Makes it a bit cumbersome to hook it up to computers that need to be moved around from time to time.
Other Thoughts: I have bought like 4 of these things in the past year. Fantastic way to boost signal.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC 4GB GV-RX460WF2OC-4GD
Pros: Low power consumption
4 gigs of GDDR5
Does not requite a 6 pin connector
FULL support for DirectX12, Vulkan, and OpenGL 4.5
Runs Overwatch at Ultra settings locked at 60fps, Can do Epic but won't stay at 60fps all the time.
FULL support for DirectX12, Vulkan, and OpenGL 5.
Hasn't broken 74 degrees C when putting it through its paces in Evolve Stage 2 for 3 hour long gaming sessions. (Running at high with full textures)
Paragon at medium settings arounr 70fps we could push her higher if we wanted to.
Most games 2014 and older are maxed out.
Shadow of Morder using default High settings we are getting 55fps average, 36 min, 74 peak using the games benchmark tool.
Full support for AMDGPU Open drivers in Linux Ubuntu based flavors.
Cons: While it feels solid enough, the shroud is made out of plastic.
The lack of a 6 pin connector may inhibit overclocking potential if that is what you are into. I haven't bothered ocing this baby since I am so used to MSI Afterburner, but Wattman has a ton of nice features for it. (Found in Radeon Settings--> Global Settings)
Drivers are a bit picky in how you install them. When I loaded it her up the first time she had 1 BSOD and at onepoint the drivers wouldn't run.
Recomended install procedure:
1. Download latest drivers from AMD's website (This card does not come with a driver CD ;) )
2. Disconnect the machine form the internet
Uninstall ALL existing drivers.
3. If they are found in programs and features, kill them there, then go to device manager, and ensure display adapters only shows "Microsoft Basic display adapter" If it doesn't show that, uninsstally the driver from there and delete all packages.
4. Reboot machine
5 Naviagte to where you downloaded the drivers to and then install them.
6. You can now reconnect the pc to the internet and enjoy!
Key Notes: if you have integrated graphics (via motherboard or on the cpu die,) be sure they are disabled in the bios.
Many driver releases will support dedicated gpus but not apus from AMD (In our case we are working with the A10-7850k)
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this for people who are hoping to play in the Windows enviroment who are on a tight budget, or looking to upgrade a lower end machine. I am still amazed at how this thing is pushing out slightly less firepower than my old 270x/7870 (Don't worry this is not replacing that) minus 2 6pin power connectors.
Recommended cpus for pairing:
Any first gen intel core cpu,
AMD phenom quad cores above 2.5 ghz
any intel core i3 series
AMD FX cpus
AMD quad core APUs and Athalons
Build this gpu went into:
A10-7850k (integrated R7 gpu has been disabled in BIOS) running at 3.9ghz (Will push her more with new cpu cooler)
8 gigs 2133mhz Ram
500 Watt PSU
Gigabyte F2A88X-D3H motherboard
Hope this review was helpful!
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
Nice side panel.
Good cable management
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.READ FULL REVIEW