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ASUS DirectCU II R9280-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast card. Great price.

Cons: That "new video card" smell. Took a couple of days for the strange smell to dissipate. I did a bunch of number crunching on this card so it was running at 95% load for a day. I've never had a video card stink before. But this one smells like grease, or probably more accurately ball bearing oil. The room doesn't stink now after a little over a week of use. I guess you'd call it the "break-in" period.

Also I have a custom curve on the fan setting using afterburner to try and lower the temperature. The fan is quite loud while it's at 70% and the GPU temperature remains at 70c. My ambient room temperature is 26c. I could lower the fan speed but the temperature would increase to uncomfortable levels. And this is all while the video card is at 95% capacity number crunching.

Haven't played any games yet with this card, but I'm sure they'll all rock.

Other Thoughts: This is an upgrade from an old nvidia gtx 285. I was getting about 15000 password hashes a second using an old cudahashcat. Now with this card I'm getting about 108000 hashes using oclhashcat with a mild overclock, and I've spent less now than I did back then.

I may try a water cooled system on this card. It would be nice to lower the temperatures and lower the noise.

All in all seems like a competent video card.

ASUS B85M-E/CSM Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Works okay, but... 06/06/2014

This review is from: ASUS B85M-E/CSM Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nice board with lots of features. Now I can take advantage of my case's front USB 3.0 ports.

Cons: Purchased 2 of these from another place. Both have the same issue paired with a Core i3-4150. Tried different power supplies and even used verified Crucial RAM.

The first time you turn on the power switch to the power supply, the motherboard will not POST the first time. After you power it off then it will power on and POST. Not an acceptable problem when you're building a computer to sell to a customer.

All BIOSes have this problem up the latest 0810. BUT, I found a work around ONLY with 0706 or lower. Versions 0805, 0806, & 0810 will not POST the first time no matter what BIOS setting is changed. Version 0810 even complained about a failed overclocking the 2nd boot even though all the settings are stock. Versions 0805 and higher say they support 4th gen Cores, but they're unstable. v0706- seems to be more compatible.

The "FIX"; I had to disable Hyper Threading in 0706 and lower to get the first POST to work. But now I have 2 computers with Hyper Threading disabled. It's either this, or return these for a refund and deal with a lot of wasted time for me and my customer.

Suffice it to say, I will not be purchasing any more of these boards.

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice power. Good cable management.

Cons: Having problem with it on our server built 1 year ago. Causing problem on the Intel motherboard. Sometimes it doesn't post, other times it runs really sluggish.

Swapped it for a temporary 450W power supply, and everything is back to normal again. Many many power cycles and it posts every time and runs smooth.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if I'll be purchasing any more Corsair power supplies in the future.


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Display Name: Thomas L.

Date Joined: 12/11/06

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  • First Review: 06/03/10
  • Last Review: 09/21/14
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