Date Joined: 11/29/15
Pros: Worked very well.
I was able to connect an SSD (Samsung 850 evo) to an old IDE board from the early Windows XP era. I chose to make the machine run Windows 98SE and has been running flawlessly. No problems with the install. Obviously, the SSD is limited by the 133 IDE bus but it is still quite quick. If you want to use a modern drive with an older board, this is the product for you.
Cons: Since it is a bit wide, my 2.5 inch SSD could not fully slide into the 2.5 to 3.5 drive mount. Not a problem, really. I am sure that it would be just fine on standard 3.5inch drives.
Pros: -AGP 8x is needed for old boards and this has it
-A decent performer back in the day
-Has a cooling fan (unlike the 9200 it replaced)
-Decent upgrade if you need to keep an old computer alive
Cons: -Driver disk flat out did not work. You may need to go to AMD's website (they purchased ATI) to download drivers. They still have them for this and older cards.
Overall Review: Older cards are sometimes hard to find but this one is not!
Pros: -High quality heatsink
-Excellent performance. I am at ultra in all of my games (like Star Wars Battlefront)
-Comes with a free copy of Battlefront (or at least it did when I purchased it)
-New HBM technology really makes this thing perform
-Usually beats out the Nvidia 980 in benchmarks and games, especially with the new drivers
Cons: -Heavy and long (check you case dimensions)
-Coil wine is present, but I notice it only in odd instances where a game is loading and the card is doing something. In most cases, it is very minimal.
Overall Review: I was originally looking for the Sapphire version of this card but this one was on sale at the time. I do not regret this purchase! The simple black color scheme is great for my build and it really does deliver. Plus, XFX has a two year warranty. Oh, and this card has LEDs that go up or down depending on load. You can change the color to blue or red. Great card.
Pros: -Excellent cooling ability
-Able to tame the mighty AMD FX 9590 (be sure to have a case with good airflow though)
-Easy to use mounting system
-Very high quality
-Quiet when it needs to be
-Can work with some pretty tall RAM (see below)
-Some of the best fans in the industry
-Fan brackets are easy to use and you can either put them on in front of each tower (push) or behind each tower (pull).
Cons: -Very large! Be sure to check your case to see if it will fit
-Heavier than most coolers
Overall Review: I am using some tall Crucial Ballistix Elite RAM and even it can fit under the heatsink. The only problem was that the front fan would be too high up for me to put the side of the computer case on. The easy solution is to move the fans from push, push to pull, pull.
Pros: -Quite fast with 8 cores
-Not a bad price (especially on sale)
-Able to run games like Star Wars Battlefront (the new one) on ultra
-Should improve in games with Direct X 12
-I am able to keep this cool with air (on a cool night of 10 degrees C, I was idling at 17C and under a Prime95 full load I was at 42-43C). No need for a water cooling system (see below)
Cons: -It does put out a lot of heat
-Currently, Intel has more powerful chips (though this one will do everything you need)
-You will need a good motherboard to use this (check the official AMD support list)
Overall Review: You will be able to keep this cool on air if you use a large top of the line air cooler (I use the Noctua NH-D15), decent thermal paste (it does not make that much of a difference, but every degree counts; Arctic Silver 5), and have a case with many fans and good airflow (Like the Corsair 750D with al the fan positions filled). You will not have much headroom for overclocking, but it will function. I also recommend leaving the power saving features on in the BIOS as it will help keep things cool under low load. Bu sure to not use too much thermal paste and to check your temps early on during some stress testing. It is also a very bad idea to be cheap with the cooler. Go big or go home.