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PowerColor PCS+ AXR9 290X 4GBD5-PPDHE Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Nice looking cooler design.
-Excellent stock cooling performance, right up their with the MSI Lightning and Sapphire Tri-X.
-Factory overclock is stable on all benchmarks.
-All VRAM chips are covered by the unisink so no risk of memory artifacting.

Cons: -Auto fan curve is loud compared to Tri-X, Vapor-X, and the Lightning. It would be nice if PowerColor updated the BIOS so the fans don't spin as loud under the auto fan profile since the cooler is capable of dissipating so much heat at only 40% fan speed. This would also help the fans last longer.

-My first card was defective. Even after the BIOS update it still exhibited the infamous "r9 290/290x black screen" problem. Newegg RMA was quick to respond and the replacement works fine.

Other Thoughts: Stock cooling profile was too loud for me so I had to use MSI Afterburner to set a custom fan curve. Even at 40% fan speed under full load the gpu never gets above 72C. VRMs stay under 90C under max load in Unigine and MMO benchmarks.

GAMDIAS Zeus GMS1100 eSport Laser Unique Side Grip Calibration MMO RPG Gaming Mouse, 9 Programmable Buttons, 8200 DPI for PC, Adjustable Weight System
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Beautiful mouse. Excellent design and nice button layout. Works great out of the box.

Cons: The HERA software that is required for creating profiles and changing DPI settings is loaded with bugs and bricks the mouse. After using the software to adjust color and DPI the mouse no longer worked correctly. After applying the changes to the mouse, the DPI buttons either made it so that it only scrolls vertically very fast and horizontally very slow. Pressing the different DPI buttons on the mouse only invert the behavior making the mouse effectively useless.
The HERA software erased the default profiles on the mouse and it seems there is no way to restore the mouse to factory default.

Also, since the first time opening the HERA sofware, every time I open the HERA software it tells me "The USB serial number is incorrect." This message only applies to this mouse as I also have the HERMES keyboard and it has no problems. It does this everytime the program is loaded or the mouse is unplugged and plugged back in (regardless of USB port the mouse is plugged into).

Other Thoughts: I had very high hopes for this mouse but the software ruined the experience and caused me to open an RMA with newegg since GAMDIAS doesn't seem to respond to support emails and doesn't have any useful information regarding fixes for these issues.

Just goes to show how awesome hardware can ruined by awful software.

For those who are thinking of purchasing this mouse make sure to NEVER EVER download and use the HERA software and stick with the default profiles.

The default DPI profiles are nice, the 4 side buttons include back, forward browsing buttons and volume up and down. You can also customize the led colors for the scroll wheel. All this without needing the HERA software.

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 8-Core 3.6GHz (3.9GHz/4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor with Liquid Cooling Kit FD8150FRGUWOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice looking and very reliable. These custom AMD exclusive coolers are made by Asetek and are of high quality. Performs as good as a Corsair H80i.

Included software lets you change the LED color of the FX logo and set fan speeds based on liquid temperature.

Cons: Extremely difficult to install. The included instructions are not detailed enough in showing how the small clips connect the pump housing to 4 screws. It's like there is a whole step missing from the assembly diagram.

Be careful when connecting the small clips not to break them.

Fans are very loud when running at max speed but you will only encounter this when stress testing.

Other Thoughts: I must have bought the last one in stock since soon after I purchased this the item went discontinued. I actually purchased this to use with an FX-8350, and I've added the included FX-8150 to my collection of cpus. I don't even know if the included 8150 works as I have never even unboxed it yet (I'll assume it does).

For those wondering, this cooler works with all AM3 and AM3+ cpus. This includes the FX-9590.

I use this cooler with an 8350@4.8Ghz and it keeps temps down to 54C when x264 encoding + gaming, this is with 24C ambient.


Craig L.'s Profile

Display Name: Craig L.

Date Joined: 05/21/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 09/19/13
  • Last Review: 11/06/14
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