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MSI Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 R9 390 GAMING 8G 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: - Runs very quiet
- Runs very cool
- Overclocks like a champ

Cons: - Heavy brute

Other Thoughts: Quite an amazing card. The overclocking headroom is very good for a Hawaii chip, while the 100mm fans are incredibly silent under load. I have pretty decent airflow in my case, so the fans never even start spinning until I'm gaming.

8GB of memory might seem nuts, but I'm breaking 5GB of vram usage in the Division at 1440p, so that large frame buffer is definitely getting used.

My experience with this card has been quite different than a number of R9 290's I've dealt with. For starters, I can overclock this card further than any 290 I have put under water, at much lower voltage, and with much higher memory clocks to boot. Not only that, but even with my own fan curve, the fans at 75% are still relatively quiet, barely audible over my AF120 case fans.

The weight of the card is jaw dropping, although I have an XB Evo case with the card seated horizontally, so I can't comment on sag.

Corsair Carbide Series 100R CC-9011075-WW Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX (not included) Power Supply
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Pros: - Looks high end
- Very light weight
- Well thought out design
- feature to price ratio very good

Cons: - some corners were cut
- extremely cramped space in back
- Almost need 90 degree Sata power connectors for hard drives

Other Thoughts: I bought this case because it matched exactly what I was looking for. 4 hard drive bays (SSD's can be tossed anywhere so no big deal), very light weight construction, lots of flat surfaces to apply sound dampening foam, and about as compact as you are going to get for a capable ATX mid-tower.

I used to love larger cases with lots of Room and air flow, but these days Liquid cooling removes that need. This case is slightly bigger than your average Micro ATX tower, Ultra light weight, and capable of housing some beefy hardware. There doesn't seem to be any documentation on CPU air cooler clearance, so that might be an issue for someone.

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5 out of 5 eggs Solid Performer 07/05/2015

This review is from: Sapphire Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB HBM PCI-E HDMI / TRIPLE DP

Pros: - Cutting edge technology
- Massive Memory Bandwidth
- Quiet
- Small
- Runs extremely cool
- Incredibly efficient

Cons: - Radiator Fan makes noise at certain RPM's
- Pump has a very faint high pitch noise

Other Thoughts: This is a solid graphic card. The feel of it in your hands screams "Quality."

My only complaint is the Radiator Fan, which I replaced with 2 SP120 Fans; the Gentle Typhoon fan had a horrible wobble/whine when it reached certain RPM's. At it's default speed of 15% the fan was silent, but at 16% and higher the fan had a wub-wub noise (for lack of a better description).

As for pump whine, I took the cover off of my FuryX and confirmed that I have the blue cooler master sticker on the pump (first batch), but it's honestly not loud at all. Luckily, I have a silent case so I don't hear anything, but I can understand a reviewer with sensitive ears finding the sound irritating in an open test bench.

Power draw is insanely low. My watt meter is either broken, or the Fury x only uses half the power of my old 290, despite the FuryX getting at least 50% better performance at stock clocks.


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Date Joined: 01/30/11


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