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ASUS DirectCU II OC R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This card will take the most graphically intensive modern games (granted they are programmed well) and give you beautiful images at 40-90fps. The price is just right for this level of a card, if you're looking for a bang-for-your-buck upgrade, look no further. I am currently running Shadows of Mordor at ~50 avg FPS at Ultra settings (with SSAO); the game looks wonderful.

Cons: The bottom fan had a production line problem in which it scrapes against the heatsink. The heatsink is raised at the bottom most part of the card and it looks like the fan is supposed to have risers at its coupling points, but does not. I loosened the coupling points to account for this closeness and it resolved the issue. Be more careful in production ASUS.

Other Thoughts: This card is very large, make sure you have the space. I wouldn't use any power supply lower than 500 watts, this card has a high TDP.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: These drives have decent read/write speeds at their respective price points, great for backups and expanded RAID5 storage.

Cons: Newegg did not ship these with individual packaging, they were ripped out of a porcelain crate and shipped, with the procelain, wrapped in bubble wrap (most of which was popped). One drive arrived DOA, likely to shipping damage. Hard drives HAVE to be individuall wrapped when shipped, and come in their own box. This is absolutely mandatory. All future transactions for me will go through retail for these types of items.

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OCZ RevoDrive X2 OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0220 PCI-E 220GB 4 x PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: If you have programs which demand high I/O speed, this is the drive for any performance enthusiast. But, as I said, this drive is for enthusiasts only. There is no practical use for such a fast drive at its current cost. Side note: I bought it when it was new and over $800. All complaints regarding compatibility, crashes, losing data, is all coming from generic consumers. This card of for hobbyists who are ready to spend an entire day running optimizations within Windows, regedit, re-aligning the RAID on the drives. This is NOT a device you plug in, let Windows find a driver, and start enjoying blazing performance.

Cons: Much of the performance claims are based on uncompressable data. 80-90% of data on your computer is compressible so real time performance will not be as impressive as 700mbps read speeds. You HAVE to optimize Windows settings around this drive. I won't go into the details but if you are looking through my review for a guide, chances are you would have been much happier with a basic SATA or USB3.0 SSD drive for consumers. Running benchmarks such as WEI or PCAdvantage will give varied results based on different computer builds. This is likely due to the most unsupported feature of this drive, a bootable PCIE device.

Other Thoughts: Cannot get my WEI to 7.9, feeling quite stupid for this.

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Dmitri P.'s Profile

Display Name: Dmitri P.

Date Joined: 07/14/08

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 09/05/09
  • Last Review: 10/16/14
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