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MSI Radeon R9 390 R9 390 GAMING 8G 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: No issues out of the box. Installed with a fresh copy of W 8.1. Runs just at around the same temp as my old 280x, and hardly uses more power. Not that I really care about that, will be maybe $1.25 more on the bill each month. Plenty of vram for future monitor upgrades if I want them, and for the 2k texture pack mods for Skyrim. Also, as another reviewer stated, GTA V uses a bit more than 4gb of vram at maxed out settings at some points in the game. Same with Shadow of Mordor with its texture packs. It's neat to not have to worry about that for a while.

Cons: No

Other Thoughts: The purchase/upgrade was between this card and a GTX 970. I got this one because I personally haven't had problems with AMD in the past, so figured I would stick with the familiar drivers. It works clean and has no problems so far, and the control center is easy enough to navigate through. Perhaps I fail to remember what Nvidia drivers were like as I have not used them since the GTX 550ti? Either way, the drivers work just fine. Don't worry about it to much when deciding to purchase this beast of a GPU.

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I ordered this board thinking I'd get it repackaged and board-only. How very wrong was I. When I un-boxed that beautiful newegg package, the motherboard was in original box, with ALL included accessories, manuals ect. sealed in bags. The board itself was sealed in an anti static bag. The only thing that categorized this as open box was the seal being broken. The board itself is fantastic for $100, can't go wrong. Comes with all the bells and whistles you could want for a decent gaming build.

Cons: No

Other Thoughts: I didn't want to invest in one of the more expensive 990fx boards(Sabertooth, Formula IV) as the chipset itself is dated and I just wanted a quick fix to get me up and running. If you are on a budget and want a great board, give this open box a try.

Build I am using this board for:
FX-8350 4.2ghz
R9 390 Sapphire 8gb
16GB Kingston Beast 2400mhz
EVGA Supernova 750G2
250GB crucial SSD
2TB WD Black HDD
All tucked neatly in a Phanteks Enthoo Pro

Yes the CPU is a bottleneck, as is the PCI-E 2.0. I'll survive I am sure.

Thanks for reading

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 8-Core 3.6 GHz Socket AM3+ 125W FD8150FRGUBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Running great and fast 2 years later 09/01/2014

This review is from: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 8-Core 3.6 GHz Socket AM3+ 125W FD8150FRGUBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: This has been a great processor for gaming and streaming. I have just upgraded to the 9590 and am passing this one down to my brother, so he can retire his perfectly great Phenom x4 965. I have never had any problems with this processor. I overclocked it easily to 4.2ghz, and it was stable for the most part.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Never went past 43c with my Antec khuler 920 at %45 fan speed while gaming.


Nathaniel M.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathaniel M.

Date Joined: 07/27/10

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/23/13
  • Last Review: 07/07/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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