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GIGABYTE Radeon R9 390X DirectX 12 GV-R939XWF2-8GD (rev. 1.0) 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The card worked out of the box.
Decent performance improvement over my previous R9 280X.

Cons: I guess I will begin with the power consumption of this card since that was the most glaring fault. While loading this card using Furmark my total system power consumption goes from 320-ish watts consumed to 680-ish watts consumed!!! That's an insane amount of power. Other manufacturers versions of this same card don't even use that much. I have an 80-plus gold 750w power supply and it couldn't sustain this card and my 6-core Intel Core-i7 running maxed at the same time. Ludicrous is the only word for the amount of power this card uses.

TDP contrained to boot. This card throttles itself below factory clocks. While loading with Furmark and monitoring clocks I noticed the card could not sustain it's factory clocks. I had to increase power limit by 25% before the stock clocks could be sustained.

HOT. Obviously due to the insane power consumption of this card, it will run HOT. Card reached over 90c under Furmark load in a well ventilated case. That's unacceptable for an aftermarket cooler. I even cleaned and used top tier thermal compound (Gelid GC-Extreme) on the cooling solution and it still reached over 90c but just took longer. Gigabyte's custom cooling solution is not sufficient to dissipate the heat generated by the sheer amount of power consumed by this card.

The final item of discontent is that this card is marketed with a "silent" cooling solution that turns off when not needed. The only time the card was silent was in the first 5 minutes of a cold boot. The card idled in the high 60's C which would causes the fan to always run. In addition to not being "silent", the fan is actually quite loud when near 40% and intolerably loud as it increases from there. It is the loudest fan in my system of 8 120mm fans.

Other Thoughts: My past 3 cards have been AMD. My gripe is not with AMD. I have read reviews for other 390X cards from other manufacturers that do not have the problems I've seen.

My gripe is with this card from Gigabyte. It's a terrible design and you shouldn't buy it. If you want a 390X do a little research about which manufacturer's version of the 390X is the best.

ASUS RT-N16 Wireless Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer And Media Server
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have purchased and set up 5 of these routers. The only time I have had a locked up router was when one was running DD-WRT. I strongly suggest getting the Merlin modified ASUS-WRT firmware. It has many features and is extremely stable.

I also like to take advantage of the AiHome features and access my internal network while I'm away from home.

Cons: Asus has newer models that have all the same features plus better hardware and wireless standards and speeds. This model is still a little pricey for being outdated.

Other Thoughts: Get the Merlin custom firmware.

WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD30EFRX
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Don't Play Russian Roulette With These Drives 06/13/2013

This review is from: WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD30EFRX

Pros: 3 of my drives came and are working... so far. I wrote a previous review stating that they were excellent. Now I'm not sure how long they will last.

Cons: 4th drive came DOA. NewEgg/WD still have not solved whatever the problem is with these drives. So many owners getting bad drives. Now both NewEgg and WD want me to pay to get the working drive I paid for in the first place.

Stay away from these drives, just don't even chance it. I want to get rid of my other ones now because I can't trust them.

Goodbye Western Digital, you have lost my trust.

Other Thoughts: Just don't. Look at other drives with better owner reviews.


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Display Name: Samuel C.

Date Joined: 12/02/04

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