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Pros: Worked amazing the first day
Looks great in my build.
Cons: Since the second day, any attempt at gaming has been met with the dreaded Black Screen within minutes. I was aware of this issue in the 290 series for some prior to purchase, but have had amazing luck in the past with cards which have had issues for some people. Luck doesn't last forever I suppose.
Searching on forums indicate the best way to deal with the issue is to.
1. Use a UEFI enabled motherboard. I already have this.
2. Increase VDDCI and underclock the cards memory. This is not acceptable when spending this much money on a card specifically for these specs. As best I can tell, this only makes it less likely it will happen, and doesn't stop it completely.
3. Update GPU BIOS. XFX website is pretty void of downloads. I have opened a support ticket on this issue to see if they have an updated VBIOS or any other suggestions. I will update review as
4. Use legacy drivers. I have yet to find one that works.
5. Verify with other PSU. Same results on several different very capable PSUs.
5. RMA the card. This might be an option if support does not have a different BIOS that actually works.
Other Thoughts: Not exactly the experience I was hoping for with this new rig. My particular variant of the Black screen occasionally recovers enough to check GPU-Z. I see that even after killing the game process, GPU Core clock ,GPU load and Fan speed are still maxed until reboot, while the memory clock rate had tanked to almost nothing at moment of crash.
I can run Furmark GPU burn in test for quite a while with no issues, however gaming seems to cause the issue within minutes.
AMD FX-8350 @ stock 4.0Ghz [liquid cooled]
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 Rev.4 @ latest BIOS version
G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) @ 1866
EVGA 220-GS-0850-V1 850W 80 PLUS GOLD
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
XION Predator case
Pros: - Decent sound and a water resistant sport headphone for good price
- Good range so I can listen to music without having to carry phone around while moving around my apartment.
- Eliminates the need for wires while working out, which is fantastic.
- Multiple sized adjustable buds for tailored fit.
- Good battery life, allowing for multiple hours of music listening during workouts or other activities. Not quite the 8 hours advertised, but variation from the "perfect" conditions is to be expected.
Cons: - Initial pairing was a bit problematic. My headset requires the sync button to be pressed for about 10 seconds, while the instruction manual says press button for 5 seconds. This made me think it was DOA at first.
- Microphone is not that great. Seems to pick up a lot of static when used for voice on both computer and phone based calls according to person on other end.
- Button positioning isn't the greatest. It has three small unlabeled buttons closely grouped on the underside which makes it difficult to use without unseating a bud or taking off the headset, especially while running.
Other Thoughts: - Although its a sport model, for me the headphones tend to bounce on the back of my head while running, eventually working themselves out of position in my ears. Since this has happened with other headphones I have owned as well, I can't really count it as a con of the product itself but rather the activity paired with bud type inter-ear headphones. Still I think it is important to consider.
- Has a custom charging port instead of a standard USB type, so wire clutter is increased and replacements may be hard to acquire should it be lost or broken, especially in the future when this model is no longer available.
- The charging port has two metal contacts which can become coated with grime or sweat from heavy activity. This may make it charge slowly or not at all. Use a q-tip with rubbing alcohol to clean the metal contacts on both the charging cable (while not plugged in of course) and the headset to return it to normal operation. I would also imagine sweat could corrode the contacts, eventually making the headset no longer able to charge, so keeping clean is important.
Pros: - Compatible with my tablet (Nexus 7), phone (Galaxy Nexus) and Windows 7/Linux (Kubuntu) machines.
- Good sound quality for the price point.
- Has wide enough range to enjoy media without being tethered to one spot.
- Microphone seems decent enough for teleconferencing
- Buttons are in convenient locations
- Uses same type charging cable as my phone and tablet (micro usb), so there is no need for additional cables cluttering up my workspace.
- So far battery life seems to be acceptable.
Cons: The headset would not connect 'out of the plastic bag'. Found that it needed to be reset before it could be discoverable again. Since (for me at least) it did not come with any instructions and I was unable to locate any online, it took a while to get working (see Other thoughts). Since each device has its own method of doing things, having some documentation is vital. Before locating the correct method, I spent some time holding down buttons for n-seconds. Because of this I subtracted one egg.
Other Thoughts: Luckily I found a review on another site which mentioned how to reset the headset so that it would work. If the headset is not discoverable and the power button is blinking green slowly, it needs to be reset. To reset the headset, hold down both the mic mute button and the volume up button for a few seconds. Once this was done, the power light began to blink green more rapidly and it instantly became visible to my computers and mobile devices. From that point on it has performed flawlessly.READ FULL REVIEW
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