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MSI R9 280X GAMING 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Fantastic performance
- Good price for what you get
- Stays reasonable quiet with its huge fans (fractal define r4 case)
- Temps haven't gone over 70*C ever
- Metal stabilizer keeps the card straight and sturdy
- Bundled software is easy to use and works
- Mantle support at some point
- MSI specific features are nice. See the specs.
- Looks great, Black PCB is nice

Cons: - The PCIE power connectors aren't the easiest to connect/disconnect.

Other Thoughts: It may not look like it but this card is quite wide. The Cooler/pipes stick out around an inch past the PCB. Make sure to get measurements if you're using a smaller form factor case.

No issues with drivers for Windows or Linux so far.

Overall I'm very satisfied with the card and purchase. I personally think that Mantle or something similar is a good thing, so I cast my vote with my wallet.

I would definitely recommend this card.

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GIGABYTE GA-H61N-USB3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small form factor, supports full size graphics card and 2 sticks of ram, pretty good price. Plays well with other operating systems :)

Cons: Only 2 Sata ports

Other Thoughts: One ram stick caused problems and memory error crashes in windows 7. This may be the Ram, but memtest did not find any errors. So it is either incompatible with 2 sticks of Corsiar XMS3 4GB ram (the 8GB kit), OR it's a defect with something on the motherboard. Either way, I would recommend not using Corsair XMS3 ram with this board. I could not find it on the compatibility charts on Gigabyte's website either. Other than that, the board has been fine with no issues.

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Charles J.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles J.

Date Joined: 01/31/11

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 02/22/13
  • Last Review: 12/22/13
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