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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.

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290X AXR9 290X 4GBD5-PPDHE 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 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.


Craig L.'s Profile

Display Name: Craig L.

Date Joined: 05/21/06

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 09/19/13
  • Last Review: 06/28/15
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