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SAPPHIRE 100360SR Radeon R9 295x2 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Card is rock solid 01/15/2015

This review is from: SAPPHIRE 100360SR Radeon R9 295x2 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

Pros: Ok so tested the card to make sure I didn't get a dead one due to reviews stating black screens etc. I due to believe it's people not doing there homework. Yes I uninstalled all my drivers and reinstalled and it was acting up, I redid the whole install with ddu tool from wagnard tools and wow made the difference. Could not use sapphire oc utility anymore but instead I use msi afterburner which does very well. The sapphire utility kept crashing no biggy had the issue with my 2x290s and so decided to switch to msi and bam works great. Killed 3d mark firestrike with a score of 17000+ paired with my 5930k.....This card has sold me on single card solutions even though it's a dual card, the whole experience has resolved the issue I was aiming to get rid of and that was stuttering....All my games play well maxed out at 2560x1080 on lg ultrawide 34" paired with my asus 144 24" for side monitoring and videos. This card is a beast and has sold me on never going to dual card set ups ever again lol

Cons: Cooling system has a kink in the hose that's hard to fix due to poor packaging. card is out my system stretched to length to help get rid of the kink before I put back in my system.

Other Thoughts: Card was well worth the 739$ price I paid. I see it now bordering 800$ and saw it early January hit 999$ glad I got the 739$ price.
Those wondering what temps you may get under custom loop here's some ideas on mine. I have a 400mm and a 260mm ultra thick rad to cool my loop and I barely hit 40c while in ps2 or bf4 and final fantasy realm reborn. Cpu is oced to 4.3 and card is stock at the moment.

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Intel Core i7-5930K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.5GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor BX80648I75930K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: So switched from amd 9590 and really surprised what an improvement this is over the amd in terms of gaming. some will argue that amd is better but really the stability of this compared to my 9590 is a little more eye opening and AWE when I play my games. The temps in comparison are entertaining the 5930k barely breaks 30c while the 9590 will creep up to 50c while gaming. My system is more than enough equaling more than 800mm of rad space to encompass 2 290s as well.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Don't get me wrong both cpu's serve a purpose and do well but for me the 5930k served my needs well while amd fell behind. even though I loved the 9590 but with the 5930k my gaming experience has been improved. now you may get similiar gaming on a 4790k and others may seek this as an alternative over the bigger brother 5930k to save money. I simply chose it cause of the memory speeds and ddr4. I'm a sucker for new tech and I love it.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC FORCE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Ok so reading the review who's upset about proper m2 support, you should do your research before leaving a bad review on a product. I researched and researched to come to the conclusion I'm purchasing this for my x99 build. So far the bios is a little different from amd and I'm on a learning curve here but the gigabyte oc utility helped me achieve 4.3 on my 5930 and all I can say is wow. I'm honestly impressed by this combo. Using gskill 16g 3000 kit and only been able to use 2400 it will bump the cpu up and you have to manually correct vcore on cpu to support oc and I haven't quite figured out why my settings fail but the gigabyte utility will. But overall it's my lack of intel knowledge to support my current requirement for oc to maximize my rams potential.

Cons: none really, installing windows 8 it would ask to boot from cd twice but you can clearly see that it's set boot priority is eufi cd then legacy cd so with my windows disc in I'm assuming it's queuing both as it goes through boot priority. not a con just me learning how this particular board works.

Other Thoughts: I had the amd 9590 with the gigabyte 990fxa ud7 and wow this board makes the ud7 look inferior. the board itself looks actually well put together and more rock solid than that of its brother the ud7. Quite honestly I'm surprised this board ranked one of the slower oc boards on benchmarks. Either way I didn't buy this for bench marking. I bought it to play games and darn it I'm impressed. It really woke up my crossfire 290's and I plan on making a upgrade when the 390s release to the x series, hoping an 8g variant will be released. do yourself a favor and review the boards carefully to make sure they cater to your needs before purchasing.

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Display Name: rick c.

Date Joined: 05/24/11

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  • First Review: 03/02/13
  • Last Review: 01/15/15
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