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XFX Core Edition R9-295X-8QFA Radeon R9 295x2 8GB 1024 (512 x 2)-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Insane performance. Unless you throw together a GTX 980/780Ti setup, just pack it in and go home. This beast is still technically the fastest "card" around. For the money it's almost stealing. Competing SLI setups will run you well over $1000. Excellent value even at the current price.

Cons: Insane heat output. I have even removed the stock cooling system and installed a Koolance waterblock and have noticed some serious heat load on my custom cooling loop. The size of the card is also rather large, and will make you need to plan your system if considering a build with this card. You will also need to have an SLI ready PSU. Go for a single rail PSU for this card or you're going to have some extra hassle getting this thing together.

Other Thoughts: Given the drawbacks, I'm still extremely happy. I can crank the detail to the max in any game out there and I can also dabble in 4k gaming with this hardware. I can also enable any insane settings only intended for SLI/Crossfire setups.

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Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Been through 3 motherboards, awesome case. 07/11/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior

Pros: I've had this case for almost four years now, it's been through three motherboard upgrades, a watercooling install, and it now holds 4 hard drives. I run Gentoo Linux, OSX, Windows 8.1, and a flavor of the month partition on a hard drive that I also use as general storage for all the operating systems to share.

The original fans that came with the case still run strong, the airflow keeps my hard drives cool, and it was stupidly easy to install a custom designed koolance watercooling loop that includes northbridge, gpu, and cpu with a nice thick xc radiator on the top.

With all this I still feel like I've only used up about half of the room this case provides for. It provides it in style and the case is very sturdy. There is great torsional strength and after all these years it is rock solid with no give or flex from any corner.

The only thing I really have to say outside of constructive opinion is THANK YOU coolermaster! Thank you for designing and building this big beautiful case that has carried me for years. It's one of the finest I've ever used and they have completely tool-less installation for pci-e slots and hard drive additions.

Cons: There is a downside to this case, if you have a very dusty home or have kids and a pet the dust will be drawn right in and concentrate on the parts you wish to cool the most. About every 2 months I open the lid, take a few things out and dust dust dust. If you don't you'll risk your fans and generate extra unwanted heat. This case is also not very friendly for dust filters, so much of it is open and the fans draw in so much that finding a good way to generate a positive pressure inside the case and filtering the air entry points would be very challenging.

Aside from the dust issues I can't think of any cons.

Other Thoughts: Given that this case took a very custom watercooling loop, I'm very impressed.

For reference I used a Koolance 380i cpu block, two vid nxttn gpu blocks, an HX-240XC radiator with four fans on it in a push/pull configuration, and an RP-1250 pump integrated bayres in a 5.25" bay slot. I have been able to overclock the CPU to 4.7GHz comfortably as well as overclocking two GTX 780's each with a 150Mhz overclock on the gpu core. My temps at an ambient temp of around 22C I have the loop at a steady 28C under full load both gpu's and cpu loaded.

This case afforded the custom loop extremely well, and the space inside the case allows you to just put such a loop on display to get nice "ooohs" and "ahhhhs" from any visitors you'd like to show the setup to.

Unless this case just falls apart, which it shows no signs of doing, I'll probably keep it until they stop making ATX motherboards.

I love this thing.

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CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Corsair supports their products, and excellent performance.

Not much I can say here, but it is getting very easy to setup a high frequency set of ram. I just enable the XMP in EFI and you're rockin and rolling.

In the cons section I point out that I had a stick go bad on me, but Corsair turns this con into a pro as they sent out an advance replacement very quickly. I sent my bad stick to them and all was well. They advanced a brand new kit with two new sticks as well, not just "the faulty part". I appreciated that.

Cons: I had a stick go bad on me. After about two months I started getting bsod's and odd crashes. I ran memtest from a thumbdrive and it found one of my sticks to be bad.

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Display Name: Mark J.

Date Joined: 09/10/08

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  • First Review: 12/03/10
  • Last Review: 12/03/14
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