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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best thermal paste money can buy 04/03/2015

This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G

Pros: I've been using this stuff for 5 years. Can't go wrong with it. Best temps I've ever seen.

Cons: You have to wait for material to cure. Not a big negative in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: Contrary to popular rumor this material is not electrically conductive. I've run a write between a battery and a lamp with my meter showing 0 ohms.

That material is capacitive so don't splatter it all over you mobo but I'd be more worried about dust than this stuff.

XFX R9-290X-8DFD Radeon R9 290X 8GB 512-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Double Dissipation Edition
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 8GB RAM, insanely fast, great for 4K

Cons: Expensive.
Needs a good power supply.

Other Thoughts: Upgraded from the 980 GB to this. The image quality was noticeably better than my 980. At 4K it trades blows with my old 980 but when you start putting eye candy onto the mix the 290X turns out about 10-30% faster. Might be the 8GB.

SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100362VXSR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support TRI-X OC (UEFI) Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: FAST, Quiet, FAST, cool temps. Did I mention FAST?
When this card works this rivals my GTX 970 at 1080p and is a good 5% to 10% faster in 4K.

Cons: The card won't display out of display ports on drivers other than Catalyst 13.12 drivers. Driver updates has the screen go black. Catalyst 14.9.2 drivers works with HDMI and I'm using the card that way. I'm living with HDMI right now but not sure if the display port will work yet.

I tested Far Cry 4 burn in testing with on ultra (including enchanced diety rays and 8XAA) and I'm getting 60fps.

Other Thoughts: Sapphire support is abysmal. After opening my case I'm told I need a firmware update and to contact Althon Micro. After e-mail tag for weeks they tell me to RMA the card. I might just end up contacting Newegg to see what they can do to help out since I'm still in my 30 days. I really love the card but just hate the support I'm not getting from Sapphire. This won't be my last purchase from Sapphire. Out of the many years I've bought their cards this is only the bad one I've had so far but I suspect it's more AMD's fault than theirs.


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Display Name: iftakharul I.

Date Joined: 06/25/08

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 06/27/12
  • Last Review: 04/03/15
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