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This review is from: MSI R9 290X 4GD5 BF4 Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 Video Card
Pros: CrossfireX works through PCIe Bus. There's no latency. AMD Fixed their multi-GPU solution. Easy to install, easy to run, better performance than the previous by 35%. Just purchased a third one for CrossfireX. Very little to no frame drops. All of AMD woes have been fixed for the most part.
Cons: Core Frequencies will throttle due to the massive heat. 95 degs C is the max, and this I on the stock cooling solution. Once these babies have a waterblock solution attach to them, they will stop throttling between 1000 MHz and 800 mhz.
Other Thoughts: I can imagine, with waterblock solutions, these Vanilla cards will OC past 1250 Mhz easily. Asus ARES 2 topped past 1200 Mhz on it's stock cooling solution.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Loads from boot really fast, exceptional sound quality thanks to the onboard sound, 16x/16x/16x/16x with 4way SLI or Quad-fire or dual-GPU Crossfire. This board can even go with 8x/8x/8x/8x/8x/8x with 6-single slot graphic cards. 64GBs of Corsair Platinum Kit works perfectly fine with this board, has a lot of features with LSI Southbridge and decent to easy overclocking... Easily overclocks up to 4.6Ghz. Under 20 sec from boot with a 500GB Samsung Pro M. Bios update is pretty quick and easy. UEFI in the bios is user friendly, and easy to figure out. Boardcom modems are awesome and useful, LSI software is easy to use, Xtreme memory and USB Fast 3.0 are extremely easy to use...
Cons: 1. Red light on the SoundCore may burn out, but the sound processor will continue to work properly.
2. PCIe Gen3 may not be completely stable, either due to Nvidia/AMD drivers, or long use with inadequate cooling, may cause dual GPU and 4way SLI setups to crash.
3. Southbridge Fan, after a while, will stop spinning on it's own. You will need a pen to push the fan, and it will rev up automatically afterwards.
4. The TI USB3.0 may not properly work after a long period of use, and the updated version of the software, may not properly work. ASRock website doesn't typically update the software probably because the newer updates don't work properly...
Other Thoughts: A. This is a premium board like the EVGA 4way SLI x58, or the Asus Supercomputer PT64s. So just like those motherboards, this motherboard has it's own qwarks relating around the PCIe lanes. Just about everything else works up to standards. PCIe lanes could crash due to instability with the GEN3 and VT-D I/O features, or from Video Driver derps...
B. Finding a 3rd party water-block to cool both NB/SB, and VRM, is extremely hard to find if you wanted to be cool this system. EK and Koolance don't do it, and you may need to find somebody who will do custom blocks to produce one...
C. Unlike the X58 Gigbyte G1Sniper or EVGA E760 classifed, this board doesn't have any issues booting, reading all stick of ram because of a derp IMC, POSTing, or booting with a SataIII port from the motherboard. You can even boot with the LSI SB.
Pros: 1. 1 Tahiti XT2 to 1 PCB
2. 1 Tahiti XT2 to 6 GB VRam
3. Ideal for multi-monitor setups with High Resolutions.
Cons: 1. Price.
2. Not a 7970x2.
Other Thoughts: This is just a taste of AMD new line-up to come. Reviews show it dominating it's comeptition except for the 690 on almost all benches. It's a little late since the competition already out a head of time, but sales will probably dominate during the xmas season. AMD new domination on the competition until GK110 intensive gaming graphics cards hit the shelves.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Anthony G.
Date Joined: 08/31/05
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