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Sapphire Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB HBM PCI-E HDMI / TRIPLE DP
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Pleased overall 07/22/2015

This review is from: Sapphire Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB HBM PCI-E HDMI / TRIPLE DP

Pros: Mine is very quiet. Received pump with the new sticker, bought during first week of release. My case is basically an open air design (Cooler Master Haf Evo XB) I can't hear it over my almost silent (cougar) case fans unless I manually crank the fan speed. Be sure to orient radiator with the hoses at the bottom.

Plays Project Cars and Battlefield 4 pretty well at 3440x1440. Battlefield 4 usually sits around 60-70fps with max settings with no major dips observed so far. PCars is also usually about 55-70fps on max settings but it dips to mid 40s during heavy traffic. Add rain into the mix and it dips to mid 20s in heavy traffic. Have to turn down settings to get good framerates in the rain. But surprisingly, the game seems pretty smooth until it gets below about 35fps. VRAM usage for BF4 tops out around 2850MB, PCars at around 1850MB.

Overall a very smooth gaming experience.

Cons: No overclocking capability as of this writing. This may change once voltage control is enabled in overclocking utilities. Initially I tried to overclock to 1150. Booted fine but display froze in PCars. Same result down to 1085. Could be my power supply (corsair RM1000) but it did fine with my previous 3x6970 OC setup. This is the reason I gave 4 eggs instead of 5. If voltage control lets me OC to around 1200 I would be very happy. Since AMD hyped this as an "overclocker's dream" I was a bit displeased by the utter lack of any overclocking whatsoever. Almost sold it on principle but nVidia does much worse so it wouldn't make any sense to do that.

If you need hdmi 2.0, that is a big one. I don't need it so not a con for me.

Other Thoughts: Overall it plays my games pretty well even though the 980ti benches with an unusually higher delta vs Fury X in those two particular titles. So they are basically worst case scenarios, barring what might happen if a game needs over 4gb of VRam.

Even though I could have sold it for a 980ti with a g10 watercooler and still had some money left, I decided to keep the Fury for a few reasons.
-Crossfire results look good vs 980ti SLI.
-There is a good chance performance will improve with driver updates.
-Windows 10 reported to increase performance especially on PCars. -DirectX12 performance vs nVidia is an unknown but I am optimistic since AMD developed Mantle.
-If I do keep this card long term and crossfire this when the 16nm GPUs come out sometime next year, AMD has a much better record of maintaining performance on last gen cards than nVidia.

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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs high performance, extreme bargain 02/01/2013

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This is a great deal at this price, with speeds that nearly saturate the Sata III bus. Also has very good IOPS in most scenarios. This means that currently you can't really get much more performance from a single ssd for most applications.

I have used about 6-8 different SSDs on builds and upgrades for myself and family members. Some favorites included the Corsair Force GT, the Samsung 830 and a Chronos Deluxe, which is similar to this drive but with synchronous memory.

Power draw is very good, it has increased battery life by about 80% on my Sony Tap 20 battery powered all-in-one touch pc.

Also noticeably lightened the weight on the computer. This is significant in this case as the Tap 20 is almost too heavy to be comfortable on your lap at about 11 lbs. I ordered a Tap 20 with the standard HD, saving the $400 bucks(!) Sony wanted for an SSD upgrade. Then I popped in the Mushkin which gives me the spinning drive as a backup for free as well, in the unlikely event that I have any problems down the line. Shrinking the partition and transferring the factory Windows 8 install was all done with free and/or trial software programs. They were even able to grab the factory restore partitions.

Unlike spinning hard drives, I have yet to have an SSD fail on me for no reason. Perhaps there were glitches early on in the technology, but failure is far less common with current SSD drives than with spinning drives in my experience. People who still complain or worry about SSD durability appear somewhat paranoid IMHO. I am not a true expert on SSD manufacturing, but I do have a degree in Electrical Engineering. Also I keep an eye on some busy SSDs in servers at work so I think I can evaluate the general durability of the technology fairly well.

Cons: The only real room for improvement for this drive that I can see would be synchronous memory which can increase performance on highly compressed data. So perhaps this isn't the ideal choice for a video editing RAID array, but outside of that it is a very compelling option.

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KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is a steal for what you get. I have had this power supply for 2 years and no problems. Have been running trifire with 3x overclocked 6970s for the last 8 months or so. 3820 cpu overclocked to 4.7 Ghz also. Do not hesitate on this power supply. This is the only part which has survived my upgrades over the last 2 years. Every other part has been replaced over that timespan but no need to even consider a new psu.

Cons: Can't think of one.

Other Thoughts: I see no reason to spend more on a 1000w psu.

Current rig this powers:

Asrock x79 extreme 6
i 7-3820 @ 4.7 Ghz
16 GB ddr 3 1866
3x Radeon 6970 trifire @ 925 Mhz
3x 23" 1080p monitors
240 GB Corsair force gt
2 7200 rpm drives
Corsair 600t white
Ducky Shine II mech keyboard

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Display Name: Matthew W.

Date Joined: 12/11/04

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 09/25/08
  • Last Review: 07/22/15
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