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XFX Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 R9-290A-EDFD 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation Edition Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: One of the best performing cards on the market atm. Looks quite nice.

Cons: Like others, when mounted in my case the card sags. This is from it's own weight. It is indeed mounted correctly both with two screws in the back plate and clipped correctly in the PCIe slot. It sags even before the PCIe power plugs are installed, but then sags even more once they are. I have been fixing and building computers professionally for over 15 years. I know how to install a video card properly.

In addition this my first unit form newegg was dead on arrival. Would lock up the system the moment the AMD drivers activated in windows. Sent back to newegg for a replacement and the new unit worked fine. For about three months.

Now the unit is overheating playing most games. After doing some testing I determined that the card cannot handle temperatures higher than 80 degrees Celsius. This is despite the operating temperature for an AMD gpu being 70-80 degree Celsius and the expected critical temperature being 90-95 degrees Celsius. The fans appear to be working perfectly and the heatsink is still clean. The ambient temperature in my case is about 30 degree Celsius and the ambient temperature in the room the computer is in is about 23 degrees Celsius. This over heating absolutely should not be happening.

But wait, it gets better. I contacted XFX for an RMA. It took them several days to respond but finally they approved it. I sent the card 2-day air in an attempt to speed along the process. I also required a _signature_. The package was delivered by Fedex Wednesday before last and signed for by a "Receptionist/Front Desk." When I heard nothing by Friday and my ticket remained inactive I updated the ticket with the request for an update. On Monday they replied to let me know it had not been "booked in" yet (after 5 days) and some one would contact me about it soon. This past Wednesday I update the ticket again requesting news. It is now Friday, nine days after Fedex delivered my video card to XFX, and the only thing I have heard from XFX is that they don't have any record of it arriving.

Other Thoughts: My last video card, also by XFX, had a fan fail a couple months after the warranty expired. XFX was kind enough to send me a replacement heatsink-fan unit and allow me to replace it myself at no cost (which is ideal since I am a tech with the skills to do so). The card was already outdated and I needed a replacement but I couldn't afford one at the time and I was able to get the card to last me another year thanx to what, i thought, was XFX going out of their way to help me. Now I wonder if that was just a fluke.

I always spend a bit more than I intended to get a good product on the assumption that it will last at least until I would need to upgrade anyway... about three years. I play brand favorites specifically because I want to use brands that have shown themselves to be reliable beyond just lowest price and highest benchmarks. When I ordered this card I would gladly have sang the gospel of XFX to any who would listen.

Now, I simply don't know what to say beyond that my confidence in XFX is severely shaken and I am now worried that I cannot rely on this card or their customer service for the next 3 years as I had planned. Unless something changes I will likely be moving on to Gigabyte or Asus with my next video card purchase.

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ASUS MG279Q Black 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Color. Right away the color was more vibrant than my previous ASUS monitor (TN panel instead of IPS). Granted my old monitor was almost 10 years old... but still. The image is crisp and clear. It only took a minimal amount of calibration to get the colors where I want them. No dead or stuck pixels. I can actually see better in games now and I trust my on-screen colors in photoshop a lot more. I mean, what more can I say... it does everything a monitor with its specs should do.

Cons: I am rather disappointed with ASUS and their advertising claims here on Newegg. Because I actually understand the technology and how it works I knew before I even placed the order that their claims about having 77% more onscreen space were incorrect. Neither a larger physical screen nor a higher resolution will result in you having a wider angle of view in games. It might apply to desktop apps... but really that just means everything will be 33% smaller on your screen... and that assumes windows 8+ doesn't automatically compensate to keep icons and text from being too small to read (they are rather tiny otherwise).

Regardless, this is _not_ a feature this monitor (or any other, since your monitor has no relationship to this at all) offers. So despite the monitor hitting every single tick mark and being pretty much flawless across the board... I'm removing one egg for this misleading advertising.

Other Thoughts: Other notes, before sending the monitor back over dead or stuck pixels, give it two days. Often these are side effects of shipping conditions and will clear up on their own within a day or two.

Also when looking to see if the color is different a youtube video or a family photo is completely inadequate. You need to make sure your _source_ contains enough minute color variations that the difference between your old monitor and new would be noticeable. Odds are you don't have anything that will actually work for that... few people do.

More realistically, look up the _professional_ reviews online where the monitor was tested objectively by trained technicians using specialized gear. According to them, where color is concerned, this monitor repeatedly knocks on the door of professional-grade computer monitors that cost 3-4 times as much.

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New 1M USB 3.0A Male to Micro-B Power Extension Y Cable Cord For Hard Drive HDD PC Desktop
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: None

Cons: When connected with just the data connector devices is completely undetected. When connected with both data and the additional power connector device detects as unrecognizable.

Other Thoughts: The devices I tested with all work fine with a standard usb3 cable (though some need additional power source) and some work with a usb2 y-cable as well... but not with this.

Took the seller almost two weeks to ship the item. Had to ask for tracking information 16 days after placing order.

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Display Name: J A.

Date Joined: 04/29/06

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  • First Review: 01/22/11
  • Last Review: 02/26/16
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