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SAPPHIRE 100362SR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's because of this card I switched back over to the Red team. Farewell, overpriced GeForce line-up! I upgrade my graphics card every 3-4 years, so this purchase was a big deal to me (and a no-brainer). This card replaced my aging Gigabyte GTX 570. The sheer horsepower of this thing has been unbelievable in ALL games I've tested it in (@1080p). I'm able to max out Battlefield 4 now on Ultra, and maintain above 60fps. Before, on my GTX 570, I had to settle with Medium (mediocre) settings, just to stay consistent with 40fps. Which was unacceptable.

Cons: I'm not even gonna list the reference cooler as a con like everyone else. Why? Because it obviously goes without saying that reference coolers tend to be a little loud and warm in general, and you all KNEW/KNOW THIS before buying a reference card. So, stop acting surprised and complaining about the obvious. My fan is set to 55% while gaming, and it is NO WHERE near the exaggerated claims by some that it's "too loud." The POSITIVE thing about reference coolers: they disperse heat OUTSIDE of the case.

Other Thoughts: I've been benching this thing like crazy all day, and I have NOT experienced the intermittent "black screen" issue that some people are reporting. I am on the latest Catalyst 13.11 (9.2) betas, too. Nor am I getting any abnormal coil whine. Also, I am running this under full load on a 650w power supply. So, no need to upgrade your power supply if you're on a quality 650w PSU.

i5 2500K @ 4.4GHz
Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3
12GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe MX 120GB SSD
Corsair TX 650w
ASUS VH236H 23" 1920x1080
Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit

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SanDisk Extreme 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ80-016G-A75
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: By far the fastest USB thumb drive I have ever owned (and I've owned quite a few). Very impressed by the performance. I'm even getting a higher write speed than advertised, at 61MB/s! (Tested with CrystalDiskMark).

Cons: Not really a con, and not about to knock an egg off, but, I am unable to format the drive as exFAT. When I right-click and hit Format, it only gives me the options of NTFS, and FAT32. I prefer exFAT, since it is the fastest format type out of those. No biggie, though.

Other Thoughts: Came across a Tom's Hardware article where they tested 31 USB 3.0 thumb drives a few months ago, and out of all 31 drives, this one was recommended out of all of them. I can see why!

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G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBSK
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: No issues installing it into my Dell Mini 1012. The heatspreaders in no way hindered installation. Bought this to replace the lousy stock 1GB 533MHz DDR2 stick that came with the netbook. Ugh, what a bottleneck that was! A thing of the past now. Installation took maybe 2 -3 min. tops.

Cons: Nope!

Other Thoughts: Like all netbooks, there are no options in BIOS to change memory or CPU settings. So, the memory was naturally downclocked to 667MHz 5-5-5-13 2T. It's a con with netbooks, not the RAM! G.Skill + Newegg = pure win.

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Display Name: Robin L.

Date Joined: 08/30/10

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  • First Review: 09/03/10
  • Last Review: 11/14/13
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