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*Fast enough to be used as a games/media drive
*Great value for the performance (I paid around $60)
*Initialized fine after configured through disk manager
*Runs at a cool 24C in my Antec 300 case
Cons: *A longer warranty would be nice, but I have owned many WD blue and black series drives in the past and all still function well after many years of service with no failures, so I hopefully won't succumb to this device failing in the foreseeable future.
Other Thoughts: Great, solid HDD from a very reliable product line and very good value for what you're paying for it. I went with this over the (usually) cheaper Seagate drive and have no regrets.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: As of this review, the 290X is stock for stock the fastest single card solution out there in most of the benchmarks (rivaling the Titan and surpassing the 780). 4GB of vram means that this card was made for high resolutions and large textures and it certainly lives up to its intended purpose.
This card along with my 2600K at 4.5GHz runs Battlefield 4, Tomb Raider (w/ TressFX on), Bioshock Infinite, Guild Wars 2, and Crysis 2 w/ MaldoHD textures over 60 fps with full graphics options turned on. I previously had overclocked 2XSLI 1GB 560Ti's and the difference is night and day. For reference, my previous cards got 6152 in Firestrike, my 290X overclocked to 1075/1450 attained 9927. My Icestorm and Cloudgate scores dropped considerably though, unfortunately. But, who cares about Benchmarks, what matters are the games, and this card delivers unparalleled performance for a very reasonable price. I have no remorse going with the 290X over a 780, even after the recent price drop on the 780. AMD drivers are getting better with every new release and I must say they are really making an effort to earn the respect of their customer base.
Cons: The card is big, a good 1 or so inches longer than my 560Ti's, but I was able to fit it in my case with slight effort. Performance wise, there are no cons as this card has lived up to my expectations and then some. Aesthetically it doesn't really do anything for me, and the cooler isn't that good, but it gets the job done and feels substantial. This card will run at 95C, and the card will definitely get up there unless you lower the threshold. But don't fret, as AMD has said that the card was designed to run at those speeds so hopefully there won't be any lawsuits for heat problems in the future. The fan is barely audible in my case at the default 55%, but at 100% it sounds like a jet engine warming up.
I am not a big fan of the CCC and very much prefer Nvidia's CP, but it is definitely serviceable and was easy to find all the settings I needed to tweak. I will miss Nvidia's CP and other Nvidia specific utilities.
Other Thoughts: This is the first AMD/ATI card that I've ever purchased and I have not been disappointed by what I've seen so far. I have been following the Hawaii chipset since they announced it earlier this summer and the wait has definitely paid off. This is a great card at a great price by a great company that is certainly making a comeback after being completely destroyed by the green team on drivers and horsepower. With mantle on the horizon, I am optimistic with AMD's new push and I look forward to 20nm next year. Bottom line: If you have the money, you can rest assured that this card will not disappoint in any current game out there right now (and in the near future).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan
Pros: Moves a ton of air flow, build quality is premium and has a heavy duty feeling to it, substantial size.
Cons: Noisy at higher speeds, but for the amount of air it pushes out, you won't find much more quiet fans out there without spending much more money. I keep my fan (mounted on the side of the case blowing towards the GPU) set below 50% and it is not that noisy at all, much quieter than my old 120mm antec and it pushes much more air!!!
Other Thoughts: It summation, this fan is easily worth the $12 and it will push more air into you case than most 120mm's. You should have no hesitation buying this fan, but just keep in mind that obviously it will be loud at higher speeds.READ FULL REVIEW