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XFX Double D R9-270X-CDFC Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs I don't think I'll buy from XFX again. 12/04/2014

This review is from: XFX Double D R9-270X-CDFC Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Mostly ran whatever I wanted it to.
Looked nice in my rig.
Decent enough performance for the price.

Cons: Only had it for 3 months before sending it back to XFX and getting a refurbished replacement.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card just under a year ago. Bought it right before Christmas as a gift to myself, actually. Built a nice little budget rig around this card and an FX 6300. I spent $750 total (I already had a monitor and other peripherals), and received my items the day before Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas, Kevin...

All was well for the first month or so. I had a few odd glitches here and there, but everything seemed to be fine otherwise. I blamed some weird graphical errors on AMD's drivers and tried to live with it. Over time, however, these errors became worse. My screen would periodically flicker as if someone had just struck the side of an old tube tv. After a couple weeks, this evolved into odd vertical lines appearing across the screen in solid colors. Eventually, that led to freezing, and then of course, BSODs.

I tried everything, from running memory tests, to reloading drivers, to re-installing Windows. The problems persisted. They would appear randomly whenever the GPU was in use. Whether this was while playing a game, or simply watching youtube videos in FireFox. A freeze or BSOD could happen at any time.

Finally, I decided to contact XFX customer support, and while they were generally friendly, their service was slow as cold molasses. After sending in my RMA request, I was told to pack up my card and send it in to them. It took several days for them to send me more information on exactly how and where to return the card.

Once the card finally arrived at XFX, it took another two weeks for them to diagnose the problem. I was finally given information about my card being faulty, and was told I would be receiving a replacement.

Almost two weeks later, I finally received my replacement in the mail. It was a refurbished older model, with an entirely different cooler/fan shroud on it. It looked more like a 7870 than the 270x that I had purchased. Not being one to be too picky about such things, however, I installed the card, and all seemed to be well.

Now, several months later, I've noticed those strange bursts of visual static happening again. Luckily, there have been no BSODs or odd vertical lines, but it feels as though it's only a matter of time.

I honestly am not satisfied with XFX. The cards run relatively well for the price, but their customer service seems very slow and lacking, and honestly, receiving a refurbished card after sending one back that I only owned for 3 months and wasn't actually damaged by me is pretty low. Now that the refurbished card I received as the replacement for my practically brand new one is showing the same symptoms of failure that my first card had before dying... I just don't want to deal with XFX anymore.

Next time, I think I'll buy an Asus or Sapphire. They've never steered me wrong before.

CORSAIR CXM series CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -It does what it's supposed to do (so far).
-Modular cables are of sufficient length for a mid-atx build.
-It looks nice.

Cons: -Cables are stiff.

Other Thoughts: I was a little wary of buying this PSU because of some of the negative reviews, but it's been doing its job for the 5 days or so that I've been using it. Whether or not it will have a full life remains to be seen, but all is running smoothly at the moment.

My only complaint is that the cables supplied with it are very stiff. The 24-pin cable is sleeved, but has a large chunk of heat-shrink just after the motherboard connector, which keeps the cable sleeve in place and also molds all of the wires into a circular shape. This looks okay, but makes that part of the cable extremely stiff, making hiding it relatively difficult.

Other cables, such as the modular PCI cables, and the 8-pin EPS cable are manufactured to be flat by having all of the individual wires arranged in a line together. This makes them stiff and also difficult to work with. The PCI cables I have connected to my GPU are touching the window of my case because I didn't want to put too much pressure on the connectors by bending them down and out of the way too much. The 24-pin cable is also bulging into my case and obstructing one of the 5.25 inch bays because bending it back and out of the way seemed almost impossible without breaking SOMETHING.

I do plan on buying some Bit-Fenix Alchemy cable extensions to make everything look nicer, and to solve these problems. I didn't think it was worth subtracting an egg because so far, performance has been good, and that's what I care about the most.

My rig:

NZXT 210 Case (windowed)
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
FX-6300 Vishera
XFX R9 270X 2GB
G-Skill Sniper series DDR3 1866MHz - 8GB
Corsair CX500M

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -It's a processor...
-It's running pretty cool, even with the stock heatsink/fan.
-It's fast?

Cons: -Still uses pins.
-Wasn't free...

Other Thoughts: I wish AMD would follow Intel into the pin-less CPU market. I always get so nervous when installing these things.

Other than that, I haven't had any issues thus far. It's running at pretty low temps (around 30C performing basic desktop tasks). Though I haven't done any real stress testing yet. I plan on loading up Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 to put it through its paces.

My rig:

NZXT 210 Case (windowed)
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
FX-6300 Vishera
XFX R9 270X 2GB
G-Skill Sniper series DDR3 1866MHz - 8GB
Corsair CX500M


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Display Name: Kevin W.

Date Joined: 11/15/06

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  • First Review: 07/05/09
  • Last Review: 12/04/14
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