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MSI GeForce GTX 970 GTX 970 GAMING 100ME 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Very quiet, MSI has the quietest 970s
-boosts all the way to 1304mhz stock
-this 100ME is the only MSI 970 with a Backplate
-green/black theme matches nvidia color scheme
-not that long; fits in most cases.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This is the best version of the MSI GTX 970s as it comes with a backplate.

MSI is one of the better GPU manufacturers with it comes to non-reference board design. They put 6+2 power phases on this which should translate to slightly better overclocks or at least higher clocks with less voltage increase.

For nvidia 900 series, the best brands are Zotac and MSI.
For AMD 300 series, the best brands are Sapphire and MSI.

SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 Fury 100379SR 4GB 4096-Bit HBM PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support TRI-X (UEFI) Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Extremely QUIET! Beautiful design that truly uses the cooler to 100% of it's capability to efficiently and effectively keep operating temperatures around 72C while remaining quieter than the case fans.

-The quietest Enthusiast class GPU available on Team Red. This thing is legendary.
-Delivers solid upper tier performance in all modern 3d games.
One of the best graphics cards for 1440p gaming. Future proof for 1080p. Will benefit from DX12. 1st Gen HBM, pioneering the cutting edge in graphics tech. Works great on 1080p monitor with VSR for 1440p or 2160p.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Sapphire really is the best AMD brand video card partner. Not only do they provide the best cooling solutions for high wattage gpus, they also give you a lot for the money. They include a 1.8m HDMI cable and a full sized DP to DVI adapter for those of us using 1080p monitors.

Finally a high end AMD gpu that doesn't require Afterburner to tune a custom fan profile.

MSI Radeon R9 390X R9 390X GAMING 8G 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great card. Quality cooler design. Looks great with red/black themed builds. Includes backplate.

Relatively quiet compared to other models such as Asus and Powercolor.

MSI did a great job with the R9 300 series launch being one the first with available products and matching the red/black Radeon theme perfectly. This one is also the highest clocked feature OC mode with 1100mhz core / 1525mhz memory.

Cons: Driver issues with some DX11 games. Confirmed driver issue with FFXIV Heavensward dx11 client on drivers 15.15 and 15.200. Game hangs or driver stops responding and recovers causing the game to stop working. dx9 client works fine.

There is also a problem with installing the drivers on machines that have old catalyst drivers stuck in the registry.

For those running into this problem The issue is caused by windows identifying the card as R9 200 series. The card is not compatible with older drivers so it locks out (black screen after login). To fix the issue, boot into safe mode. Put the CD that came with the card in the optical drive. Go to Device Manager -> Display adapters -> R9 200 series. Right-click the R9 Series listed under the display adapters and select 'Update Driver Software'. Choose Browse my computer for driver software and point it to the CD.

Other Thoughts: The R9 300 series launch was met with mixed reviews. The main issue is not the actual hardware but the accompanying drivers. Almost all the issues are software related, ranging from basic things such as driver installation to more annoying problem such as dx11 games crashing at random.


Craig L.'s Profile

Display Name: Craig L.

Date Joined: 05/21/06

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 09/19/13
  • Last Review: 09/23/15
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