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GIGABYTE GV-R929OC-4GD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Quality Control is Behind Competiors 05/06/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GV-R929OC-4GD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: I received one with It came with Hynix memory. It is version 1.0. Very powerful video card with a great stock OC. Clock for Clock it is faster than my XFX 290. Newegg gave me a 10% off discount and a rebate, making it really cheap. That's why I went with Gigabyte. Runs cooler compared to XFX 290 card.

Cons: Card is the heaviest card I have EVER used. It is so heavy that in a horizontal mounting position on a vertical installed motherboard sags so much that the fans begin to have higher than engineered torsion loads on them, causing them to grind. Adding support to the card immediately releases the stress on the fans, and they quiet down.

This card is not that quiet at idle, and is very loud at while running video games. Also, the fans noise is at a constant rpm has weird harmonics causing a harmonic dissonance sound, like singers when they are out of tune. (lol I don't know how to explain that better)

Since, I have installed it, my computer has crashed 5 times. I had made some adjustments to memory and CPU speeds, at the time I installed the card, so i blamed it on that, however; I set memory and CPU speeds back to stock and the computer just crashed again. So now I believe it's the video card. I'm going to give it one more try before returning it to Newegg. Others have been having the same problems with crashes. I think i'll just buy a XFX card again, so I don't get any surprises.

Other Thoughts: I have a XFX 290, and a XFX 7850. The quality control from that company puts gigabyte ( the mainstream company) to shame. The XFX 290 is more quiet and my computer has not crashed in over 3 months with it installed. XFX 7850, I used for almost 2.5 years and not one single crash.

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ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: All motherboard companies use pretty much the same components to build their motherboards. What it comes down to for a high quality motherboard is quality control. ASUS excels at this. Their layout is perfect allowing connectors and thermal devices to works well. Bios is an amazing platform. It is easy to use and the features actually work as intended.

ASUS usually is more expensive and that's because you get what you pay for. I've owned about 10 mother boards, the last 3 have been asus. There have been zero issues with ASUS boards. Also, the board is a sexy blue, the cmos reset switch is easy to use, and their is an LED indicating MB power.

I haven't even needed overclock this board, but did it for fun. Pushed it to 4.4GHZ on my i5 3750k just fine, didn't push it any further, didn't want to increase voltages too much. Back at stock settings now.

Cons: It was almost 225 when I bought this board.

Other Thoughts: bored at work.

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XFX Double D FX-795A-TDFC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Best card I have ever owned. It is quiet. It is powerful, it runs cool, has lifetime warranty. There have been zero hiccups . It also over locks great without even changing voltages. I have had evga, gigabyte, msi, bfg, and asus cards. All had hiccups. Either too loud, running hot, or fans dying or grinding.

Cons: It is still too expensive

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Date Joined: 12/03/02

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