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Lane H.

Lane H.

Joined on 12/25/12

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Most Favorable Review

Best value for a GPU at the moment

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100354XTL
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100354XTL

Pros: Excellent power Excellent value Superior Sapphire cooling system

Cons: Big Power hungry, especially if overclocked Stock is perennially low

Overall Review: The Tahiti LE (I refuse to call it a 7870; it's just not. It's a Tahiti chip, not a Pitcairn) is right on the money for price versus performance. Yes, a 670 or a 7950 Boost is better, but not by much, and certainly not by $150 or more. For single-monitor gaming at 1920, this can't be beat. It's got the memory bandwidth to far outstrip a 660ti, it's closest competitor, and the Tahiti chip is powerful, if nowhere near as efficient as a Kepler GPU. This model has Sapphire's far-superior cooling solution compared to PowerColor's model. The dual fans run quiet and keep things cool. Look around if Newegg doesn't have it in stock; you can usually find it online. I am a loyal Newegg customer, but if you have to cheat on Newegg, do it for this card. It's OK. Newegg will understand; this card is worth it. AMD's drivers have not given my any trouble (13.3 beta) and seem rather more mature than the last time I owned a Radeon (HD 5850). In terms of performance, I have my frames locked at 60 with vsync on in Tomb Raider, with everything turned up. Turning on TressFX does give me a performance hit to around 45 or so, which is noticeable with vsync on. Avoid TressFX, however, and both Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite can be played at maximum settings at well over 50 FPS. Other Specs: Intel i5-3570k Asrock Extreme 4 z77 8GB Corsair DDR3 PC-1600 RAM Corsair Force 3 SSD Corsair 650w PSU Cooler Master HAF-922

Most Critical Review

Not a bad effort

EVGA X99 FTW (150-HE-E997-KR) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA X99 FTW (150-HE-E997-KR) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Easy overclocking (if you know what you're doing; if you're not an enthusiast, why are you buying this board?) - BIOS is graphical, attractive, and easy to navigate - High quality construction. It feels really solid. - Plenty of fan headers, ports, etc. - Easy to work with

Cons: - BIOS needs an update to properly utilize RAM. Enabling XMP causes my board to lock up and not recognize any RAM, requiring either a hot flash or a switch to the second BIOS. - Front panel USB 3.0 header inconveniently located - POST beeps are really, really annoying (although you can disable them) - Realtek ALC1150 (get an external DAC)

Overall Review: This is the type of board that is obviously meant for a tinkerer and enthusiast. If you want an out-of-the-box great experience with consumer-grade hardware, a Z97 is for you. If you're an obsessive tinkerer who likes to overclock or have the budget for triple-SLI (and the monitor setup that requires it), then the X99 platform is for you. EVGA's FTW edition is a good mid-range X99 platform with performance-minded features and quality construction.