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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Works great with my FX8320 overclocked to 4Ghz without any additional voltage needed. (Your results may vary as no chip OC's the same of course)
The revision 4.0 board I received runs cool. Plenty of USB 3.0 ports and it's fast. Crossfire/SLI compatible and it comes with an SLI connector to run dual Nvidia GPU's.
UEFI bios is easy to understand,navigate,and use with the mouse or keyboard.
This motherboard feels well made and looks awesome with the black PCB and grey heatsinks.
Cons: No cons so far.
Other Thoughts: Your ram may default to 1333 or 1600Mhz in the UEFI but an easy switch to a XMP profile set the ram to the correct speed.
The motherboard takes a few seconds to POST beep when restarting,but this is due to me using Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.1.
I'm using a FX 8320 @ 4Ghz with CM Hyper 212Evo,8GB 1866Mhz Gkill ram,120GB Corsair Neutron GTX SSD,2TB WD Black HDD,Gigabyte GTX 770OC,Corsair TX650V2 PSU in a Cooler Master HAF-922 case.
Pros: Better card for the price than the reference GTX760 in terms of performance and heat & noise.
Runs Battlefield 4 with my old Phenom II at 1080P high setting at 60-80FPS.
The cards feels heavy,and the cooler looks well made,a black PCB is a nice change from the usual Gigabyte blue.
Stays cool under load for a overclocked card. Out of the box it has run boost core up to 1241Mhz.
This card runs much more quietly than
Cons: I don't have any major cons for this graphics card,I am probably just being too picky.
The Windforce cooler on this card is different than the gtx760 4GB and other cards,it only has 2 heatpipes instead of 4 or 6. the revision 1 of this card had 3 heatpipes. Why did gigabyte cheap out on the cooling with rev. 2?
Since this card only has 2 heatpipes,it does run hotter than I expected. I have a HAF-922 case and this GTX760 still hits 70C at times,with its fans spinning at 2,400RPM, which is audible however is not overly noisy.
This is a very long card,make sure it fits in your case,I only had about 2 inches to spare in my case.
Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a old GTX 560Ti,the performance difference is amazing.
I am happy with 75 avg. FPS in Battlefield 4,but I might get even more performance once I upgrade my processor.
Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.7Ghz
8GB Gskill Ripjaws X 1600Mhz
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev.4.0
Gigabyte GTX760OC 2GB
Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB
WD Black 2TB
I might have purchased the 4GB version of this card if it were cheaper,just for the better cooler. The 4GB version gtx760 has the same cooler as the GTX770.
This review is from: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Pros: The DX has a much more detailed and clearer sound than my onboard Realtek ALC892. The bass is also punchier and tighter. No more audio noises or static when using the 3.5mm front panel jack on my case. The DX provides better audio positioning in games than my onboard did.
It's a great all around card for under $100
Cons: Not really a con,but the card requires a 4 pin floppy connector,which Asus is nice enough to include a 4 pin to molex adapter in case your PSU doesn't have one.
No dedicated optical port like some of the newer cards have,not a problem for me but maybe a problem for some.
Other Thoughts: Third party driver software may provide better results for those with compatibility issues,just Google "Brainbit Xonar drivers".
I tried the other more popular,more famous brand of sound card as a comparison test,specifically the fancy one with the name that comes after the letter "Y".
Their cards may be better for just gaming,but not as good for music or as an all around card. However, the software was a pain to download from the site and even more of a pain to uninstall from my system when switching back to my Xonar DX.
The other card's sound EQ settings were just as good, the extra effects were just okay,and at times sounded to digitized or unrealistic with music. All of this is just my experience and how it sounds to me,it may sound very different to you.
At under $100 you really can't go wrong with the Asus Xonar DX.