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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 AXR9 390 8GBD5-PPDHE 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quiet when not taxed. Fast. Backplate included. Low temps when not taxed. After a few months, it's virtually quiet all the time. As if it took it's time to burn in.

Cons: Huge. Noisy when taxed. Drivers take long to install. Driver crashes with some games.

Other Thoughts: So far so good. I've only had it for a few hours. No crashes, no real issues. When I installed the drivers initially, it took quite some time. I thought it was frozen but decided to leave it alone and it's a good thing I did because it was just doing it's thing. I was a Nvidia guy so I'm used to driver packages installing in less than 5m. These drivers took at least 15, and I have 16GB RAM, SSD and an i7 4770K.

Played WoW, GTAV, Grid 2 so far, no issues. I'm a bit disappointed that I can't go full everything + AA in WoW @ 4K, but that's my own fault, I should have tempered my expectations and checked reviews. I am really, really happy with my buy otherwise.

Update: Owned the card for almost 2 months now. I've had more crashes in games with these crummy AMD drivers than I've had in the life of owning my GTX 560 between Summer 2011 and now, which is really sad. I wish I could return the card and just move to a GTX 970. Ah well, you live, you learn. I was warned and I didn't listen. There doesn't seem to be anything inherently wrong with the hardware itself. The issues are definitely due to AMD drivers. Some games work perfectly, 100% and then others like WoW constantly crash with a very vague error. Elite Dangerous will sometimes crash, no error, just mysteriously frozen and then closed. The WoW error seems to only occur in Windows 8.x and 10. AMD doesn't seem to care as there are numerous complaints on their forum and on the Blizzard (WoW) forums as well and nothing, since July/August 2015.

So, be warned. If you're buying the card to play WoW - think twice.

Again, this is NOT a card/hardware issue - this is purely AMD/Driver based, which is why I'm keeping the 5 star rating. The hardware is great and the card runs nicely.

Final Update:

I should have gone with Nvidia. The card is potentially awesome, don't get me wrong, but again, it is so software/driver dependent for WoW that I'm actually considering buying a card to replace it. The AMD Crimson software is a complete mess. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. When it works I'm playing WoW at 40/50 fps at 2k and everything is great. When it chooses not to work or obey it's OWN settings, whatever you want to call it, it looks like the game is "stuttering", I don't know how to explain it. It looks and feels "liquid" with a big dose or catch up. It's extremely hard to explain or describe but it's unplayable as WoW at times is all about getting out of the way of something or getting into the path, etc. Timing is everything and with this issue it doesn't work.
I doubt I'll ever buy another AMD based card, even if it promises to perform or have the same hardware. If drivers and software hamper the system this badly, it's worth it to go with the company paying attention to users.


Pros: Consistent speeds, works well, definitely getting "AC mode wifi".

Cons: Bulky, no updated driver in sight.

Other Thoughts: The driver has never been updated. There are no details on the chipset it uses, anywhere. Works in 7 and 8.x.

It does not currently work with Windows 10. You can install it, it just won't work.

Update: 2/18/2016 - The device now works fine under Windows 10. You do still have to use the driver from Tenda's website because Windows won't automatically find any.

Acer B6 Series B286HK ymjdpprz (UM.PB6AA.003) Black 28
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Neat Stand.
Light, for the size.
Great screen/Bright, Crisp.

Cons: Speakers sound terrible.
High pitched noise when there's lots of white and text (only noticeable when your surrounding area is quiet).

Other Thoughts: This is my first 4K screen so maybe I'm being easy on it. Not really, I'm around big, nice 4K screens a lot. It's one of the reasons I decided to get one and this is definitely one of the better ones, especially being a TN screen. Oddly the description claims that it's using IPS tech so I don't know what to think.

The stand is especially nice. A lot of thought got put into it. I've read reviews claiming that it feels wobbly but to me it feels really strong. It snaps together and works very well in terms of twisting, twirling, going up and down - aka being completely adjustable.

The USB placement is a little odd. I suppose Acer means for you to hide some USB sticks/dongles back there permanently or wire up a camera, etc. Basically, they're in a place where you wouldn't expect to be at them all the time. You have to turn the monitor a bit to access them. Perk or not, up to you. It would have made more sense (to me) for them to be in the front side or right under the bezel for easy, constant access as a hub or in a phone/tablet charging scenario. I put my wireless headphone dongle and a camera connection in there - a waste of USB 3.0 but it works for me.
The speakers are atrocious. I won't dwell too much on that. Suffice it to say, I don't use them at all. I mean, really. It would have made 1000% more sense for them to include a chintzy webcam instead or, I don't know, more USB ports, double up some input ports? Whatever, just not these gross, tinny, speakers. I don't know but I doubt a single person out there is going to use the speakers on this monitor so it feels like a waste of a feature (not that speakers in any monitor are that hot anyway).

The screen itself is very nice. I haven't noticed anything negative so far. No dead pixels. No ghosting (but that takes time). I wanted a big screen and 4K. I don't game much so I really didn't want to spend over $300 for a monitor. This was a sweet spot Black Friday/Cyber Monday price point I couldn't ignore and what I got my 24" monitor for years ago. That monitor still works flawlessly so here's to hoping that this investment pays off the same way.


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Display Name: Andrew H.

Date Joined: 07/22/02

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