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SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 100382NTOC-2L 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Tri-X OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The product is great. Too great maybe as it's apparently sold out now. I got mine a few months ago and have had no problems. Half Life 2 Lost Coast video stress test, yes I know it's a very old game but it's still a good stress test, got 246 fps.

Cons: There is a noticeable powering down sound when exiting from games. My pc also makes a device connect sound whenever I turn the monitor on/off. I believe this is because the fans or maybe even entire card shuts off when monitor is turned off. Now for the REALLY horrible news, the new Crimson Drivers can potentially destroy this card by turning off the fans by default. Google it and be prepared to meet the true face of fear for a pc enthusiast; a burnt out GPU. I really could not believe what I was reading and that AMD would put these things out in the wild without discovering or fixing this obvious problem. They released a hotfix on Feb. 3 but by then the damage had been done to many video cards. I myself downloaded the Crimson drivers, after this fiasco thankfully, and was really turned off by their new bloatware "assistant" that makes Win10 Cortana seem private and discreet. I hadn't even heard about the burnt out GPUs yet but the footprint and creepy takeover of my system, like Win10, by the new "assistant" was too much and I not only deleted drivers but was forced to do a restore in order to completely remove them. I have NEVER had to do a restore with this system in the 3 years I've had it, I was not happy. You can download a minimal install with just the drivers but they have really lost my trust at this point so I'm using Catalyst 15.201 with no problems. Edit 4/26/16 - Just downloaded latest 16.4.2 drivers released today and it finally seems stable. No black screen or reboots, I even have the Raptor application working properly with Steam. Thanks AMD.

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Corsair Force LS 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Big Ole SSD in a little black box 03/25/2016

This review is from: Corsair Force LS 2.5" 960GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F960GBLSB

Pros: Corsair Toolbox cloned it without a hitch and did exactly what it was supposed to do.

Cons: I did 5 clones/swipes before I got it right.

Other Thoughts: Had to do a restart after trying a shutdown (power source and everything) in order for drive to just show up in Device Manager and Corsair Toolbox as an option to clone to. Cloning a drive requires the c: drive AND the Boot Drive partition in order for the drive to boot up. I didn't know this. I unclicked the c: drive by accident anyways the first time so the clone was of only the boot partition and another archive partition that was on there from Corsair. Booting from that sent Win10 into "trying to repair your drive mode" so I tried again. I cloned just the c: drive this time with no boot up results again because the boot drive partition was missing this time. Finally I left everything checked and cloned the whole thing; c: drive, boot drive partition and the Corsair partition. It worked and it booted BUT the drive was an exact clone (240 GB showing on a 960 GB drive) with the drive showing the same size and the Corsair built in partition showing the remaining drive space. Didn't want to mess with 3rd party partition software yet so I tried resizing the partition in Corsair Toolbox BEFORE cloning it. No dice, exact copy the 5th time and by this time I had tried to do the partition myself and made c: drive the "active" partition (NEVER DO THIS!!!!!) because it was one of the only options available in disk management. Rendered the drive unbootable (tried command line partition commands and still didn't boot when making boot drive active) until I swiped it again. Made exact clone, used online free partition software (AOMEI) to delete Corsair partition of 760GB and the space moved to my c: drive. Now only c: drive and boot partition show up as clone options in Corsair Toolbox. Live and learn. One note; after formating a 960 GB SSD the legitmate size will be 894 GB. Seemed like a lot to me so I Googled and sure enough it's legit just so you know.

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I52500K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Overclocked to 4.3 Ghz with only push/pull fans on each side of coolermaster and it runs at 40c. Still sells out 4 years after it was produced so that speaks for itself.

Cons: Nothing

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Display Name: Ken M.

Date Joined: 12/13/11

  • Reviews: 23
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  • First Review: 04/08/12
  • Last Review: 04/26/16
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