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Pros: - Contrast and colors
- No IPS light bleeding
- Gsync
- Good for watching movies and still pictures

Cons: - Profound blurring whenever there is black/dark on screen with first person games or really any game that is dark and the screen or background is moving like Grim Dawn
- As expected, text is at best average

Other Thoughts: In professional reviews, it's been reported that blacks on this monitor refresh at a rate of about 20 fps. So all the gaming features of this monitor like high refresh rate and gsync are pretty much pointless. As you game with dark screens and start moving, everything has a slight blur to it. Then when the scenes are bright, it looks very good. If you move a bright cursor over a dark background, the cursor just about disappears while it is moving. On the windows desktop, scrolling white text on black background makes the text disappear while scrolling.

This makes the monitor quite overpriced because it's really only usable for watching movies and showing pretty pictures.

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XFX Radeon R9 290 R9290AENFC 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Good price for this performance relative to the 290x and 780.

Cons: Runs hot, but as long as it's truly designed for low to mid 90s, I don't really care.

Other Thoughts: I had a difficult time deciding between the 290x, 290, and 780. I tried a 780, but had to return it due to a defect. Then I went through the whole decision again. I finally settled on the 290 reference card. I was very concerned about noise, and whether the card performs as well as the reviews say it should.

It performs very well, and I hardly hear it when playing games with the fan at 49%. I OC'ed right away by 10%, and it rarely drops from the 1054 OC rate. It does run in the upper 80s to 94C for me.

I tested it out on new and very old games (DOS ones from gog), and compatibility seems just fine. Moving from an older crossfire setup, games seem smoother, and the min FPS is higher.

I am quite happy with the purchase. Also, I did get BF4 promotion.

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DIAMOND HD 7000 Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 7970PE53G 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Plug-in Card Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Stock item can be OCed quite a bit.

Cons: Under power options, I have my monitor set to turn off after 15 minutes. Once this happens, any 3D game I play will have severe tearing or flickering. Rebooting will solve the problem.

Other Thoughts: My computer is on throughout the day as I use it off and on. I don't feel like rebooting every time I want to play a game, so I will most likely rma this back to newegg if my support query doesn't resolve anything.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 08/23/05

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 01/12/06
  • Last Review: 08/14/16
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