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dan f.

dan f.

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XFX BLACK Edition Radeon R9 390 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card R9-390P-8286
XFX BLACK Edition Radeon R9 390 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card R9-390P-8286

Pros: I've had it for a month now and it's been the best card i've ever owned. Without a doubt. It plays every game I have on Extra with max FPS possible. It looks and feels like $340 (or whatever it was when i bought it). The actual cost of manufacturing this card can't be too much lower than the retail cost. It's 100% solid. I only have *one complaint.

Cons: Something screwy is going on with the drivers that causes it to crash from time to time. It has nothing to do with the hardware and i'm sure it'll be fixed soon. It just really sucks in the middle of a great COD-AW MP killstreak. So,i'm sure this is just a temporary situation that's not XFX's fault.

Overall Review: Last time i goofed around about not getting a case badge with my card. XFX's customer service guys/gals jumped right on it and took care of me in a MASSIVE way. They sent the coolest case badge i've ever seen in my life. Just completely out of the kindness of their hearts. I took that sucker and slapped it right over the Corsair logo on the front of my C70 Vengeance case. It looks like a million bucks and reaffirmed my belief that XFX are the best in the business. Quality video cards (and i really like my XFX power supply too!) and customer service reps that give their absolute best to make sure we're taken care of. (P.S- If this sounds like a love-fest,it kinda is. I've dealt with HORRIBLE companies with garbage products and awful customer service (more than a few times).So,when i find a good thing i wanna make sure they know how much I appreciate their work)

Most Critical Review

Problems,problems,problems

MSI X99A SLI PLUS LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X99A SLI PLUS LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Looks good. I got a case badge (that does NOT come with the board) after i asked MSI nicely on Twitter.

Cons: I've had nothing but problems from the start. First i couldn't get it to post with 4 sticks of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2400 RAM (16gb 4x4). I take that back. *sometimes* it would post but it *never* has video. I only know that it's booted because of the Windows sound. When i take out two sticks and put the remaining 2 into dual channel (instead of quad) it boots just fine. BUT none of my USB thumb drives are recognized (or when they are there's some weird USB power message that i've never seen before). It also underclocks my ram AND when i try to run OC Genie (or do it manually) none of my settings stick. I've spoken to tech support twice and they're certain it's the power supply (XFX 850 watt). Well, they almost had me convinced...until i connected a different power supply and had the exact same problems. I'd be totally cool with sending it back...if it didn't leave me stranded without a computer for the next two weeks. So I have no idea what to do. P.S- Yes,tech support,i've tested all the RAM and every stick is working just fine independently. No,it's not my video card.I tested it in another system. No,it's not my power supply because i tested the system with another that i *know* works perfectly.

Overall Review: Here are my tech specs if anyone has any ideas Intel 5820k MSI X99A SLI PLUS Corsair C70 Vengeance case Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 16gb Corsair H105 water cooler XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB XFX TS850 (watt) 1 DVD drive 4 HDD 2 SSD 6 120mm case fans

Unsure how to feel about it.

XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: It looks great and kinda works for most of what i need it for. The price and rebate are freakin awesome too.

Cons: So,i have this thing attached to a MSI X99A SLI Plus with a 5820k,Corsair H105,XFX Radeon R9 390 ,6 hard drives (2 SSD),7 120mm fans and 16gb (4x4) Corsair Vengeance 2400. The problem is that when i put all the memory in (in quad channel config) the machine will boot but there's no video. When i take 2 sticks out and put it in dual config it boots just fine. So,i contacted MSI and they said that it's 99.9% likely that the problem is the PSU. Even though it's 850 watts and more than enough to push everything. I've noticed that all the fans won't spin up on boot. Sometimes i have to give them a little nudge to get 'em going. (Also,it seems to have trouble when i put in a USB thumb drive and gives me some kind of weird message about power that i've never seen before)

Overall Review: So,what say you XFX? I know you guys make quality stuff and your customer service has always been top notch. So what's the deal? Is it the PSU in your opinion and if so,should i go ahead and start the RMA process? I'm kinda *expletive deleted* without a PSU for weeks though. Help me XFX,you're my only hope! (lulz) P.S- Once we get this this all figured out i'll be more than happy to re-review.

Would be great with USB adaptor

Logitech Recertified 920-002555 MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo (K350 + M510)
Logitech Recertified 920-002555 MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo (K350 + M510)

Pros: I can't lie. I LOVE this keyboard. I have since i bought it brand new a couple of years ago. The only problem is that i've had a tendency to get extra spilly while gaming and drinking bloody marys. No amount of cleaning could save it the last time so i ordered a refurb. Long story short- the refurb didn't have the wireless usb adapter so i had to get creative. I cracked open the old one and swiped the board and installed it in the refurb. Presto! Now i keep my growing drinking problem and electronics separate (because next time it might be something a lot more expensive).

Cons: needs moar USB!

11/28/2013

Viewsonic forever!

ViewSonic VA2431WM 23.6" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers
ViewSonic VA2431WM 23.6" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers

Pros: Sharp,big,bright and beautiful. (also got it for a GREAT price)

Cons: none

Overall Review: Never had a Viewsonic fail in any way,shape or form in 7 years. Not even a single dead pixel. They will ALWAYS have my business and i'll recommend them to anyone that'll listen.

Woot!

XFX Radeon HD 5830 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity HD-583X-ZAFV
XFX Radeon HD 5830 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity HD-583X-ZAFV

Pros: This card SCREAMS. I paid LESS for it with newegg ($189.99 with free shipping) than a HD 5770 costs at best buy($205 w/tax)!! Plus i was pleasantly surprised to find that it came with a complimentary copy of Aliens vs Predator. Oh and 3 day shipping?!! Ha! More like next day delivery! I'm a happy geek.

Cons: Not really a con but the card is HUGE. It takes me back to the old days of the bigfoot HDD's. Ahhh,memories.

Overall Review: I think i might just crossfire this rig. I just have to explain the expense to the wife first! (wish me luck! lol)