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This review is from: XFX R9290AENFC Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card
Pros: Powerful card
Trails 290x by ~4%
Better than NVidia
Good price (normally...)
Cons: My card has loud buzzing noise
Other Thoughts: I bought this after release (for $380 with BF4) and now Newegg is price gouging them to make a profit because they can... Lol so much for caring about your customers Newegg. I've spent thousands here and I really don't know if I want to do business with a company that acts like this... I mean a $50 hike over MSRP is still lame, but acceptable. This is a $400 card. Nowhere near worth $520. Buy from somewhere else.
However this is a great card. Paired with a Gelid Icy Rev 2 cooler I can hit 1200/6500 and outperform most 290x's, 780's, some 780TI's and even Titans (174xx GPU score in 3dMark11). Top 95% when paired with a 3770k @ 4.6. My card didn't unlock, but 10% more shaders really only means ~4-5% more performance, if that.
Going water cooled soon, hope to hit higher OC.
No point in buying an NV card for me, 3GB Vram is not enough for today's games and why buy hardware outdated from day 1? I mean honestly NVidia cards are plenty powerful but they gimp themselves with low Vram. I've dealt with Vram microstutter on a 670, it literally ruins gameplay experience every time you turn to have to wait a second to keep playing. I've see up to 3.5GB Vram usage in Skyrim with this card.
This card is seriously awesome though. At 4800x900 I can run Metro LL maxed (with AA turned down) and hold 60 FPS. Also Skyrim modded like crazy (with ENB) dips into the high 30's sometimes, but that's to be expected at this res. Another 290 will cure that problem though.
Buy this card. You won't be disappointed.
This review is from: D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
Pros: Works and is pretty fast
Pretty much hassle free
Cons: Included software is garbage
Wifi speeds fall off to ~1/3 at the edges of my house, although I'm still getting 20mbps
Other Thoughts: Upgraded from a dying router that gave 250kbps, now I get 65mbs when near the new router. It does fall off a bit but that's to be expected with a cheaper router.
Included software for installation is terrible, it requires that you have a computer with a working internet connection to set it up..... If I had a working internet connection I wouldn't be trying to set up a new router, lol. When I finally got through that step it kept failing and not even telling me why.
I ended up using Windows 8's built in router setup, had the router working in under a minute.
Pros: White, looks elegant
Room for 2 radiators, 3 or more with case modding
Cons: White, shows every scratch, dent, and ding
Included screws are way too tight and strip super easily
My case came with glue (from stickers maybe?) stuck in various spots
Plastic easily scratchable
Other Thoughts: I really like this case. It's everything I need, everything I want and then some. It fits perfectly with my next build (Black/white) and has more than enough room for my two EK rads.
The included air filters, hot-swap bay, SD card reader, fan hub, 140mm fans, etc. are great. This case has too many features to list, watch the video.
However, the screws NZXT uses are awful. That combined with over-tightening (the front fan on my case was so tight the corners were bent) makes it super easy to strip screws if you're not really careful. While removing the extra HDD bays to make room for rads I stripped 6 screws and a process that should have taken ten minutes took an hour.
Also, there was mysterious glue in random spots on my case. It feels like residue from a sticker, I'm not exactly sure where it came from though. I was able to get all of it off except for the glue on the front fan cover, I already contacted NZXT and I'm awaiting their response. I hope they will replace it.
Lastly, the plastic scratches very easily, so be careful. The white paint will also come off if you scratch it with a screwdriver or anything, although that's obvious you must be careful when installing anything.
Don't let these cons dissuade you, though. They are relatively minor, I'm just nitpicking because that's the way I am. I highly recommend this case, although maybe in gray or black so the scratching isn't as apparent.
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