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ASUS Radeon R9 380 STRIX-R9380-DC2OC-4GD5-GAMING 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice mid-range graphic card - Fans don't spin until over 60 C 08/10/2016

This review is from: ASUS Radeon R9 380 STRIX-R9380-DC2OC-4GD5-GAMING 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: - 4 GB
- Good price/value
- Massive heat sink & fans
- Good OC potential

Cons: - Needed bios update and newest drivers before fans would work
- Fans don't kick in (at all) until 60-65 C
- Requires 8-pin PCI power, but doesn't supply adapter (2x 6 pin to 8 pin)

Other Thoughts: First off, I didn't know this requires an 8-pin PCI power cable. My older 650W BFG power supply has 2x 6 pin PCI cables. My friend's EVGA card came with the requisite cable to combine the two 6 pin (75 watts each) to a single 8-pin (150 watts). I'm a bit disappointed that ASUS didn't supply this cable. So if you're in the same spot as me your options are a new, modular power supply or converter cable (Not sure why you can't buy it here at Newegg? I'd much prefer it because of price, shipping speed and customer service. But alas, search "EVGA Dual 6-Pin Female to 8-Pin Male Cable" on another major online retailer and you'll find it for under $10). But, for just a little more $$$ you can upgrade to a new modular power supply which means less cables in your case and nice options for ensuring power goes where it is needed. If do you use the adapter, I'm sure ASUS won't honor the warranty if there's an issue, so in the end it's your call.
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Note: From my reseach, this card requires about 200 watts of power at load. You'll get 150 watts from the 8 pin cable (or 2x 75 watts if you combine 2x 6 pin cables using the EVGA adapter) plus an additional 75 from the PCI-E slot. If you see a RED LED, you either don't have enough power to the card or it's not grounded. If you see a WHITE-BLUE LED, you are set on power.
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Once I got the power supply issue squared away, removed all old Catalyst drivers and software (from my old ASUS card), installed the new card, and powered on the machine. Noticed right away the fans were not spinning at all despite a white/blue LED. Since I knew about the fan/temp issue, I didn't panic. But after getting drivers installed and trying to manually power the fans (through AMD Overdrive) I was upset. ASUS help desk was very polite, but after hearing about the issue told me to RMA the card to them.
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News Flash for Manufacturers: If I've just purchased a new card, I don't want to RMA it to you for a refurbished one! And I don't want to be multiple weeks without it. If I'm going to RMA it, I'll send it back to Newegg who will take good care of me!
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Before doing that, however I did some research and found that there was a BIOS update. After flashing it and rebooting, the fans still didn't turn on right away. Ugh, very disappointed. But, enabling the manual fan setting in Overdrive resulted in them spinning up! (Just remember to hit the "Apply" button boys and girls!)
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I dropped the fan setting back to full auto & launched a (realtively) graphically intensive game (R6 Siege) and monitored heat and fan speed. Right at 60 C, they kicked on and the card never exceeded 65 C. With ALL graphical settings at MAX, I got a solid 65-80 FPS. Dropping the settings just a little (light blooms, AA, etc) and I'm between 90-115 FPS. That's all without any additional OC (which you can do with AMD's settings and/or GPU Tweak software from ASUS, but I won't discuss that here).
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Comparatively, MSI is a little better with their Afterburner software compared with ASUS GPU Tweak. But in the end, I went with ASUS over MSI due to a $30 rebate. In my opinion, the two cards are equivalent in build design. A lot of people bash ASUS, but I've had really good luck with their DirectCU cards. This R9-380 is no exception.
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Overall: If you are in the market for a sub-$200 card and you've got an 8 pin PCI power cord (or are willing to convert to one), then this is a good card to consider. It will get you playing latest gen games at full settings with decent FPS. It is a bit of a power hog (as all Radeons tend to be) and it's also quite long and tall, so you need to make sure you have room in your case. Also, putting this into Crossfire mode would be difficult for most motherboards.
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Loses 1 egg for the following:
- It should include a dual 6-pin to 8-pin power adapter so those of use with older power supplies don't have to drop extra money to get up and running
- Documentation was very poor with the card. Should have been very clear that fans won't spin at all until at 60+ C. This will result in a lot of people RMA'ing the card!
- My card required both a major BIOS update and newest drivers for the fans to work properly

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Rosewill WolfAlloy ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, support VGA card length up to 340mm, come with four fans-2 x Front 120mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Tool-less design (only screws are Mobo, PSU, and Fans)
- Bottom mounted power supply
- Supports 6 case fans, comes with 4 preinstalled
- Dust filters on front and bottom (typical air in-flow locations)
- Accomodates air coolers for CPU (up to 175 mm tall)
- Multiple predrilled grommets for liquid cooling designs
- Two hard drive cages (the top one, 5 bay, is removable)
- Accomodates 8 HD drives (3.5" or 2.5")
- Interior is all black
- Window on side to show off interior

Cons: - No option to mount side fan for GPU cooling
- Front (orange) LEDs on fans aren't very bright
- Front panel is difficult to remove (meaning fans are hard to clean)

Other Thoughts: Love the all black interior and the orange claw design in the front. Bottom mounted PSU. Good cable management. 2 HDD cages (top one is removable) accomodating a total of 8 possible drives. There are 2 slots up top for 5.25" options (DVD, Fan Controllers, SD Readers, etc). Overall tool-less design (including the back PCI plate covers).

Cooling -- Comes with 4 fans (2x 120mm LED, 1x 120mm, 1x 140mm). Supports 6 fans total. No option for side mounted (GPU cooling) fan. Wide enough to support air coolers up to 175mm tall (Hyper 212 Evo, etc). Liquid cooling holes already drilled w/ rubber grommets.

Hardware -- Interior is nice and the space behind the main tray is adequate for running cables. The PCI card slot covers are removed by screws.

Extras -- Front panel options are all at the top of the case. 2x USB 2.0 & 2x USB 3.0 slots. HD Audio connections for both headphones & mic, large power button in the center and a smaller reset button on the right. Includes extra screws & zip ties. Manual could be better (but all case manuals are that way)

Overall -- For under a $100 you get a really nice, mid-tower ATX case with 4 fans preinstalled (2x orange LED), support for both air & liquid cooling CPU designs, front panel USB 2.0 & 3.0, Tool-less design throughout, removable HDD cages, good cable management options, and bottom mounted PSU.

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Audiovox FMDIRB
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5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for Audiovox/Advent Overhead DVD 03/02/2014

This review is from: Audiovox FMDIRB

Pros: Price, Works Seamlessly with Audiovox/Advent Players, Long Audio Cord, No more interference!

Cons: Doesn't fit all car antennas/radios (needed adapters for both radio and antenna for late model dodge caravan... Metra EU-40). Comes with old school antenna plug, so check your radio first!

Other Thoughts: This works as a wired FM modulator. It requires a device that transmits FM output through a 3.5mm jack.

This is found on the underside of most Audiovox and Advent brand overhead DVD players.

The antenna plug goes into the back of your radio in the dash. You may need an adapter for this, I did. Your existing antenna plug goes into the metal box (again an adapter may be needed). The long wire is then routed behind/under the dash, up the side support beam, across the headliner to the DVD player and the 3.5 mm plug goes into the underside if the DVD player. Most radio shops can install this module for a reasonable price ($100-200 USD) if you aren't comfortable with this process.

It works best if you disconnect the little blue FM wire from the player first.

Now when you turn on the player, whatever channel you've chosen on the DVD player will be transmitted via the wire to your radio. No interference at all.

This WILL NOT work as a direct sound output (ie. From an iPod)

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