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ASUS MATRIX-R9280X-P-3GD5 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: When they work, they are fantastic. They have taken everything I've thrown at it (including Battlefield 4) and run it at absolute max settings, 2560x1080, with a second screen playing Netflix typically and hardly bat an eye. They even stay reasonably cool while doing it. Again, this is WHEN they decide to work.

Cons: Where to begin. They don't seem to like doing much of anything that requires work. They are very finicky cards. I could be playing Battlefield 4 for hours on end, quit out, watch a youtube video and suddenly my entire PC locks up with day ending artifact, and the only way to recover is by restarting in safe mode and reinstalling the drivers. Sometimes I'll boot up my computer and can't load Explorer without artifacting, other times I'll get a nice neon pink transparent bar along the length of my screen, again requiring multiple restarts or driver reinstallation to recover.

They regularly cause a frozen desktop/sound loop crash. When this happens, I'm forced to shut down and restart, and then I have to choose what I do very carefully upon restart. If I immediately attempt to do anything that could put even a modicum of strain on the video cards will result in the same frozen desktop/sound loop crash. If I boot up and leave it alone for a few moments, it will be fine for a couple hours before I can expect another crash. As of right now I am afraid to open Netflix, as that is what cause the last string of crashes. Updating the drivers to the current 14.xx version is even worse, resulting in much more consistent problems.

These are very broken cards and I cannot recommend them to anyone who needs a reliable PC. They are entirely unpredictable and will break at unexpected intervals. Right now their least favorite thing is opening up the WildStar website. This is a guaranteed crash at the moment, who knows when it will go away.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately I am burdened with two of these cards. I took a risk and bought one immediately when they became available, and another was gifted to me at the same time. Whether they are run in CrossfireX or standalone, I am met with all of the same issues. No matter the driver version, card temperature, or activity, these cards will fail on me, frequently. They are a very disappointing investment, and it was clear ASUS realized they made a mistake when they were discontinued shortly after release. Some say that it's because they are a limited edition card. I can only assume they are limited edition because they are garbage.

I have certainly learned my lesson in purchasing new video cards. Thanks, ASUS.

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XFX ProSeries P1-1050-BEFX 1050W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Plenty of power
Modular
Gold certified
Aesthetically pleasing (Looked great with my D-Frame)
Price

Cons: Completely dead after 3 months. It worked great for the 3 months it did, but without warning it is completely toast. I was using my PC the night prior without issue, powered it off properly and went to bed. Woke up in the morning, went to turn it on, nothing. After some testing and troubleshooting, it turns out the PSU died in its sleep. I have no idea what could have possibly happened, but I am extremely disappointed. Despite the poor reviews, I had high hopes for this PSU. I should have listened.

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Kyle E.'s Profile

Display Name: Kyle E.

Date Joined: 10/12/13

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 02/25/14
  • Last Review: 05/15/14
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