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ASUS R9290X-DC2-4GD5 Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very nice overall characteristics at stock speeds.

- Great performance, especially at higher resolutions
- Very Low temps, never goes above 76 c
- Inaudible sound output. I cannot hear it at load, over my case fans; which are quite.

Phenomenal Overclocked performance

- I was able to get 1160Mhz GPU and 5800Mhz Mem w/out much fuss at all. I'm sure I could get more, but that's comfy for MY card.

- I use 1125Mhz/5760Mem for Daily Gaming and the card never goes above 88c at constant load.

- Very Quite Still - OC is with fans set to AUTO. Fan speeds fluctuate between %20-%56, which again, is inaudible over my very quite case fans.

- Does Not Throttle!!!! With the original 290x you'd get throttling (lowering) of GPU speed when the card hit its 94c temp limit. Fortunately, even at 1160Mhz, this GPU stays at that clock %100 under constant load. This equals performance that is very good and very consistent.

Cons: - Not as cool as the MSI Lightning 290x (that card's about $700+)

- Memory isn't as fast as the MSI Lightning's. I got mine (w/Elpida memory) to 5800Mhz; giving me 371.2 Gps memory bandwidth. That's insane. The MSI Lighting (w/Samsung GDDR5) can supposedly hit 6500-6800Mhz.

Other Thoughts: Game performance

- Battlefield 4 at 5760x1080p @Ultra Settings (Yes, with 4x AA too) I get 45-60 fps.

- Dragon Age Inquisition at 5760x1080p @Ultra settings (w/no AA) I get 30-40 fps. 1080p @Ultra (w/4x AA) is locked at 60fps.

- Mortal Kombat X at 1080p (doesn't support 5760x1080) I get a locked 60fps.

- GTA 5 5760x1080p @Ultra (w/2xAA) this baby gets 30-45fps

My old 7950 (basically a Radeon 280) used to clock to 1150/6060Mhz and it didn't even come close to these numbers (...and I consider that card to be pretty fast, even today). That card also got insanely loud and would get above 90c.

Having my games play at considerably higher fps and doing it while being whisper quite....that sort of thing is definitely my bag baby.


I heard/saw some reviews of this card that were not all positive. Obviously, not every single Asus DCU II 290x is going to get a "Silicon Lottery Winner GPU". Those are just the breaks. Me, I am very pleased with the card overall and silicon that I was shipped. I'd HIGHLY Recommend this card at whatever the price may currently be. At 5760x1080 (~3k) and above; this baby can trade blows with the 970 and sometimes the 980. Buy it, Love it.

Xbox One Console
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Tony Stark's House? 09/07/2014

This review is from: Xbox One Console

Pros: Well, where do I start?

Games, games and more games. Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Halo Master Chief Collection, Assassins Creed Unity, Sunset Overdrive, Madden NFL 15, Fifa, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Powerstar Golf, Call of Duty Advanced Warfighter, Destiny, Ryse, Forza Horizon 2, Halo 5, Gears of War, Fable....blah blah blah....GAMES!!!!

Features: This system will let you play a game and/or multi-task with another other app, or even live TV. You can leave your game completely in fact and be gone from it for days... as soon as you go back to that game, you're right where you left off.

The Kinect literally replaces all of you remote controls. It
let's you take control of your entire living room with your voice, your cell phone, or the waive of your hand.

I love walking in my house at night and saying "xbox on" and my entire living room comes to life, my Kinect sees me (even in the dark) and automatically signs me in, giving me access to all my media, TV programming and games immediately.

Cons: Doesn't print money

Other Thoughts: I really cannot describe how much this device has changed the way I view my living room. Having it and becoming accustom to just saying "xbox mute" from the kitchen when I get a phone call, or browsing through my TV programming on my cell phone, or watching a football game, while I play Madden and get my fantasy updates all at the same time....etc...etc...It's freaking amazing. I really feel powerless when I walk into someone's house and they don't have one; no voice or gesture controls, or other smart features on the largest screen in people's houses is just weird; this is 2014. It really is like going from a flip phone to a smart phone and once you have it and get accustomed to all the ways it makes your life easier; you'll never want to live without it. Single function devices have gone the way of the dodo bird. Device, games, media and app convergence and multi-tasking....that's where it's at :D Go for it

Xbox One Console
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Iron Man 02/02/2014

This review is from: Xbox One Console

Pros: It turns your house into Tony Stark's house.

It seamlessly combines all of your media, games, friends and applications onto the biggest screen and best sound system in your house.

Cons: Graphics are truly amazing when the game's created for the system (ex. Ryse), but you are not going to get a $5k gaming rig for $500...sorry.

Other Thoughts: Sony fans will say the have the "best graphics". All pc gamers already know this.

What you Will get is a fully capable nextgen console that will change the way you interact with the biggest screen in your house and everything that you want to do and access with it. It plays games very well and it can do a Whole Lot More. Buy it and get that feeling of going from a flip phone to a smartphone, again.


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Display Name: Josh h.

Date Joined: 10/15/08

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