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Brent R.

Brent R.

Joined on 09/30/07

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Most Favorable Review

Sleeping Dogs Free-bee

XFX Double D Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card FX-795A-TDJC
XFX Double D Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card FX-795A-TDJC

Pros: Card still rockin, now up to 1125 MHz core, 1450 memory, which was much easier to do if you know the right... *cough* Trixx *cough*

Cons: none

Overall Review: This is a followup for those having issues with game freezes, crashes, and the dread 'green screen' problem with the Sleeping Dogs game included with the card. Things I had to do: 1. Update to Catalyst 12.8 (and less obviously) 2. Disable the in game anti aliasing. You can force AA through the CCC for the game and not have a problem, but as soon as I enable AA options in game, it's back to non-stop headaches. I can't guarantee it will work for you, there seem to be many causes for the problems with this game, and it is not specific to either AMD or Nvidia, owners of both have complaints with the game running, even on the latest systems. I can, however say, that the above eliminated 90% of my problems.

Most Critical Review

Horrid

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade

Pros: It was actually pretty easy to learn how they wanted me to use this operating system. The traditional desktop was still hiding in there so that I could use that rather than an interface that was clearly not designed for a keyboard and mouse user. It was easy to uninstall.

Cons: Microsoft wants to handle your mail. Microsoft wants to sell information about you to third parties. Microsoft wants you to set up a Microsoft account or they are not going to let you use their product. Microsoft wants you to purchase all of your software through their store... Think any of those cons are connected? ...Yeah...... Wonder why Steam wouldn't run correctly on this? Oh, wait, that's right... Microsoft wants me to buy my software from them. ....

Overall Review: I gave this piece of garbage one egg because I have to. I have not been this irritated with Microsoft since ME. If this were something I could have returned, I would have. I reinstalled Vista 64 bit and will continue on with that until I can pick up Windows 7 upgrade key. I recently did a computer upgrade and thought that the $60 price tag meant I could save some money on the OS. I should have spent it on an SSD or Blu-Ray drive. What a waste of money.

Amazing Performance at Price Point

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 x16 ATX Video Card 100416NT+8GSR
SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 x16 ATX Video Card 100416NT+8GSR

Pros: - Visually Stunning (The Card itself) -Very Good Performance at 3440x1440 -Will accept a minor OC (maintains 2050+ clock with a bit of tweaking). -Much improved cooling over Reference.

Cons: -Fans are a bit loud when pushed past 1500 RPM -Pretty aggressive power draw

Overall Review: I thought I would give some benchmark numbers for 3440x1440 Ultra settings when paired with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900x. Memory is running at 3600, CL 16 for reference. Canned Benchmarks: Middle Earth: Shadow of War- 96 Avg. 13 Min 263 Max Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (115% FoV)- 44 Avg. 18 min 68 Max The Division 2: 56 Avg, Score: 5004 Borderlands 3: 51.06 Avg. Avg Frametime: 19.59 Far Cry: New Dawn- 84 Avg. 66 MIn. 112 Max Observed performance in game: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order- Maintains 60 FPS with VSync enabled, some minor stuttering at times. Fortnite: Averages 100+ FPS at ultra settings. Overall, amazing performance, could not be happier. Tip: If you are experiencing crashes after you update all drivers try installing all versions of Direct X starting with 10. Installing all Direct X versions was part of the setup for one of the game launchers I use, I can't recall which, but that cured all of the initial instabilities I experienced with this card.

12/26/2019

Easy Setup, CAM OC is a nice addition

NZXT AER RGB 2 - 140mm - RGB LED - Fluid Dynamic Bearing - PWM Fan for Hue 2 - Single
NZXT AER RGB 2 - 140mm - RGB LED - Fluid Dynamic Bearing - PWM Fan for Hue 2 - Single

Pros: -Decent lighting options through CAM -CAM OC support for GPU is a nice and unexpected plus. -Nice cord length, very easy to work with

Cons: - a-RGB is a bit "wild west" at the moment. There really needs to be more effort at standardization. With that in mind, the connections are proprietary, and this will *not* seamlessly integrate with Mystic Light (nor presumably with a-RGB solutions offrered by Gigabyte, Asrock or Asus).

Overall Review: The airflow is very good, the lighting diffusion is adequate, and the fans are quiet, becoming audible over other components (specifically, air cooled GPU) only at max speed The premium paid for the a-RGB is minimal given the effort NZXT has put into software support. For what this is, it is very good.

12/24/2019

Good Value

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18Q-64GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18Q-64GTZR

Pros: -Hit rated timing and speed out of the box enabling XMP in Bios -(*Subjective) Very nice appearance paired with black mobo pcb. -Works with AMD, just check G.Skill website for compatibility

Cons: -none

Overall Review: Overclocked easily on MSI MEG Ace x570 with following timings: 16-19-20-32 1.35V ymmv

12/24/2019

Fixed Sleep mode BSOD's

ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This has been a great board: with one caveat- the extreme tuner software it comes may have some issues. In particular, the latest version does not load the drivers for the RAM disk utility correctly for my board (latest software is version 0.1.337 ... elite eh? Not so much from my experience), and then there was the other issue...

Cons: BSOD almost without fail coming out of sleep mode. Failure indicated is a 0x00000101, which generally means you need more power to the CPU. This was happening even with mild overclocks however, and even with VCore offset pushing 1.45+ reported VCore in Windows via Core Temp RC4. That's pretty close to the limits of what I am willing to run 24/7, even with water cooling. Nothing but bone stock settings would avoid this issue (3.2 GHz CPU and 1333 RAM speed).

Overall Review: I tried many things looking for an answer to this problem... afterall, I didn't spend the price premium on an LGA 2011 platform and 3930k to run stock clocks. I had just about given up hope, when I noticed that the extreme tuning utility had an entry under power management options in Windows. I wondered if maybe some sort of power setting was causing an under powered condition during resume from the sleep state. Uninstalled the software, selected the 'performance' option under power management, and viola! No more BSOD's even at 4.6Ghz and 1866 on the RAM. It was a shame to lose the RAMdisk capabilities, fortunately AMD offers some software to provide the same function... without the nasty BSOD's and system freezes. Final thoughts? It's a great board in terms of features, with a very nice and easy to use UEFI. It has some really great features for the price, and was reasonably trouble free to set up. My experience with the software has been a very mixed bag however.