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SAPPHIRE NITRO 100384NT4GOCL Radeon R9 380 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 ATX Dual-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: There are many. Looks great, good price, very powerful, runs cool, quiet, more than adequate for current online games at ultra/maximum/movie quality settings. Runs cool @ 53-58C all the time. The AMD Catalyst Control lets me auto-select to keep the frame rate at whatever I want. I set it for 60 FPS (it runs War Thunder at about 200 FPS otherwise) at all the settings I want maxed out completely. The software throttles back the GPU speed to save power and lower heat and fan speed while keeping FPS steady at 60. It's a very attractive and solidly built card. I couldn't ask for more. Backplate? It doesn't need it and I didn't care to pay extra for a card that has it. Backplate is totally not needed or wanted here. Build quality is perfect. The card isn't at all flimsy, droopy or saggy. Absolutely no need to OC this card. Ran perfect right out of the box (I had already uninstalled the old driver and then installed the new one. It just works perfectly. I play War Thunder which is an online WW 2 airplane simulator game. The game has built-in benchmarks. I upgraded to this from an MSI R9 270X ITX version (that card was perfect too BTW). I ran 4 random benchmarks from this game with the 270X. Then I ran the same 4 with the 380. Results were that in these War Thunder benchmarks, the R9 380 scored 250% higher than the R9 270X. Seriously. With some settings turned on or set on high, the 270X would drop to about 37 FPS - still OK. I used to run the game at about 100 FPS with the 270X with almost everything set on high. The 270X is more than adequate for War Thunder, WoW or SWTOR and gives a really great gaming experience for lots less money. I run this with an EVGA 750 PSU that's 80+ gold certified. I have zero psu issues and it runs cool. This is more PSU than I need - and this vid card doesn't require this much power but I got it on sale and I like the modular high quality PSUs.

Cons: I didn't need this much graphics power after all. But it's really nice and will be ready for higher res monitors and more demanding games later on.

Other Thoughts: The picture quality didn't really improve ( it is ever so slightly richer looking) as it was already really good. FPS potential drastically improved but wasn't really needed for me. GTX 960 vs R9 380? Flip a coin. These days, a $150 vid card is all a person needs for a great MMORPG gaming experience. This card truly satisfies, though, because it's always comforting to know you have reserve power when it's needed.

Silicon Power S60 3K P/E Cycle Toggle MLC 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, simple, reliable. Prices have been steadily going down. My unit got to me quick and safe and worked great with no issues. Then, I did something very amateur; I did a hard swap while the computer was still on and I saw a spark. OOOPS! The drive no longer worked. It wasn't recognized on this or on my other 2 systems - both Win 7 and Linux. I called their customer service seeking some tech data about the circuitry so I might do my own re-set. The customer service person was awesome. I explained what I'd done and that I didn't expect support because I'd improperly handled the drive. They gave me an RMA! Really!! It took a few weeks and I believe they paid postage (can't remember exactly) I got the new drive back and it's been in speedy & dependable use ever since.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Buy this company's products with confidence - they are top shelf and their customer service is in a league of their own. The 120 GB size is totally fine for a Windows-based home office computer or for adding to an existing machine to add a fast gaming drive for WoW, War Thunder, etc. My new preferred OS drive is the 256 GB size. I can install OS + games on that size and it works out more economical in the long run. I am considering the 480 GB size for future builds. The M.2 format SSD is awesome for those who can accommodate them.

Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price/performance = unbeatable. Got mine for $56 at an online auction. Running at 3.6 with Xigmatek Gaia - never hits 50c. Idles @ 19c on silent mode. & about 40c at load. I also have a i5 4690K running @ 3.7. I can't tell a real world gameplay performance difference. This scores 7.2 in Win 7 WEI. But that's a relative overall kind of score. This cpu rocks on single-thread performance. It beats AMD FX 6300, i7 860 and i5 760 in most game scenarios due to this. Those CPUs beat the G3258 in "heavy" multi-threaded tasks but - for home, small business, schoolwork, web surfing and most gaming, this CPU beats those - it's 50% faster! I also have an i3 3240 and this is about the same I OC'd the i3 3240 to 3.5 (100 mhz) by bumping the FSB 100 mhz. I can't see any difference in their performance. Possibly if you were in a big raid in WoW, using Ventrilo or Team Speak and you were web surfing at the same time, you "might" see a difference with this compared to a quad core. If you want to build a great machine (seriously great) and inexpensively, you should give this a hard look before you get anything AMD or an expensive Intel quad.

Cons: None - except I bought an i5 when I didn't need it and wasted $200 when I could've built my gaming rig with this CPU and spent $100 more on a better GPU and still saved more than $100 overall. An R9 285 or GTX 960 would rock with this CPU!

Other Thoughts: If you want a great home/office/schoolwork PC you can't go wrong. AMD can't touch this. You likely won't be able to tell the difference between this and a $200-$350 CPU unless you are video editing animating/rendering etc. I bought a used Z97 higher end ATX mobo (Gigabyte Ultra Durable) for $55 and it's great!


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Display Name: Michael L.

Date Joined: 01/03/05

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  • First Review: 01/31/05
  • Last Review: 06/28/15
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