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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 AXR9 380 4GBD5-PPDHE 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Got this card on a black Friday deal at a nice price. From what i read this card was the best bang for your buck, at least on most games. 4GB gddr5 mem faster clock speeds than its predecessor the 280 and doing well being a competitor to Nvidia.

Cons: My only pep peeve is that fact that the darn thing doesn't actually work. Ya i got a DOA it sucks but it happens. Only took an egg off for the inconvenience

Other Thoughts: Not my first rodeo its just frustrating. At first i thought it was just driver problems, because the card booted just not into windows, i would get a black screen and nothing would happen. I tired the card on a different computer with the same results. then i updated my bios and uninstalled the drivers and reinstalled again with no success. Pop my old GTX 560 works fine. Hopefully it is the card and not my own idiocy. well i'll find out in a week.

Update:got a new one similar problems however was able to boot to safe mode, uninstalled drivers through device manager and bam worked fine. Great card, just a little lower bench scored than my other gtx 970 very impressive. can now play my games on ultra instead of medium. very happy to see AMD/ATI back in the fight, competition in only good for us consumers.

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Rosewill CHALLENGER - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Three Included Fans - 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - Two More Optional Side 120mm Fans Supported
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: so I built a workstation for my brother, looked around saw this which reminded me of my own rosewill case I had gotten years ago and figured it would be a good fit. basically it's like my old gaming tower from like 2009 and made some very nice improvements. Everything is rolled so no sharp edges. Hole in the mother board plate for easy removal for heat-sink. The hard drive solution is much more thought out making for easy installation and removal. Also like how there are several hole sizes for different case fans. Got to admit, was a little envious.

Cons: The only thing that i found to be a slight problem is the space for expansion cards mainly the video card. Got a massive GTX 970 and almost didn't fit. But i got it in there with some effort so no problems as long as it works. Would suggest getting one of the smaller 10in cards if possible instead of the larger 11-12in. According to the video from new egg there a little over 11in the case so plan accordingly.

Other Thoughts: Great case, everything fits everything works, just like i said watch the extra large cards especially if going for SLI or Crossfire, don't think i can fit another 11in card in the second slot. Also may want to go for the 3.0 USB front and not the 2.0 USB. Watch the video it gives a lot of good info.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Really fast when it works. Bought this originally for a workstation build doing mainly graphics and video editing and some gaming if there's time. Ran some benchmark programs and a burn in test for stability and everything seemed fine scores were on par with others and no crashes. Can run movies fine, haven't tried any editing programs yet but look to cons.

Cons: Every time i try to play a game the drivers crash which are the new 359.06. Getting really frustrated tried a few legacy drivers to no avail. Only when i clocked the core and memory way down did it run slightly longer. Not sure what the problem is hope it doesn't need to be RMA'd

Other Thoughts: I will try this card on another build seeing as how it works running at 98% in burn in (however not sure if all memory was used also). seems like a software issue though, didn't want to knock off too much as the problem may be with myself but i should just be able to uninstall old drivers pop it in install new drivers and bam it works.

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Display Name: Rowan H.

Date Joined: 11/29/03

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  • First Review: 10/27/05
  • Last Review: 01/24/16
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