Joined on 02/24/15
Its been a year.
Pros: I have had this product for a full year (well as of this writing 5 days from a year) and here is what i love about it. -The cpu is no slouch -The gpu portion is very powerful given that the chip it occupies also shares the same space as the cpu cores -most games will run at 30ish fps on low to med settings
Cons: These are more observational nitpicks then actual cons. -If you plan on upgrading to a discreet GPU past the 380 or 390, don't buy this chip as i have found the my r9 fury bottlenecks the cr*p out of this apu as i start seeing my core temps break high 70 to low 80's C's before the r9 fury even breaks 55 C's. -If you have a poorly vented case, the stock heat sink will not be enough and you will need to get a aftermarket heat sink. (I grabbed an enermax ETS-N30 as it does its job fine)
Overall Review: This is great for entry level gaming but be warned, this is not a hardcore gaming chip, as its capacity isn't enough to satisfy the needs of a powerful GPU (Like my r9 fury as im only relizing about half of my r9 fury's potential, that's how severe my bottle neck is) Other than that, this is one of the best options for an HTPC build or a beginner gaming build and that's it.
Good option overall buuuut....
Pros: On a sale this ram kit is a steal, it (at least for me) oc'd to 2666 no issues and with some tweaking can oc to 2933
Cons: The heat spreader is flimsy, during installation using enough force to get the ram to click in the slot, the joining top piece bent (but again cosmetic and not performance crippling) hence the knocked off egg
Overall Review: If you are on a tight budget and this is on sale, it's reliable, it isnt the fastest gun on the draw but you can certainly squeeze respectable frequencies out of it.
Pros: -More than enough graphical horsepower as I run a kaveri a10 7700k and this card just floors it when i play most games, i almost always see my cpu temps go up before this card even starts to warm up. (Which means bottles neck at the cpu :p) -I picked it up for just under 510 and some change (after delivery fees) and so if you ever in the next few months see this for that low again, pick it up if you can. -This card can and will floor any game you throw at it at 1080p, 1440p, and can run most games at 4k it seems (Dont expect 60 fps tho @4k maybe high 20's to mid 30's) -Despite this card being among the flagship models, the power it uses is well below the flagship 200 series cards, under load tho it can use plenty of power, so have a 650 watt power (bare minimum but i suggest a 750 to be safe)
Cons: These are more nitpics then cons -This card is a honker, its huge, and will not fit most midtowers (it did mine but only after a skinned knuckle and some bent metal) so you better have a minimun of 14 inches of cleareance from the rear of the tower, to the drive cages. -Can be a little on the noisy side under load, but knowing sapphire, they built a fan that was as quiet as it can be without sacrificing performance.
Overall Review: TLDR; This card is great you should buy it when its on sale, its fat, it makes noises from time to time, but nothing alarming. Best bang for the buck in terms of against Nvidia's flagship models.
Best buy ever.
Pros: For 70 bucks, (refurb of course) I got... *80 plus bronze *850 watts of power *A pretty quiet unit *Semi modular The fan has only kicked on a handfull of times and usual for only a minute or so. Also if you have a full tower, the cords are plenty long.
Cons: This is more of a nitpick.... The fan that i wrote of...louder than all hell, but its not enough to dock the egg because in the 2ish month ive had it...its only kicked on 3 or 4 times.
Overall Review: If these are ever in stock again for the 70 bucks...pick it up. The overall build quality is phenomenal and for a 850 watt of (reliable) power you can not beat this...you just cant.
This fan blows (literally)
Pros: Can this fan blow, it blows so hard the big bad wolf might be out of a job.
Cons: It is noisy buuut read other thoughts..
Overall Review: To everybody complaining about it being noisy....its noisy because its not hooked up to a adjustable switch/smart switch. Whereas if you plug it directly into the board or (with the molex to 3-4 pin adapter) its going to go full bore, weather your computer is hot or not.
Its good and its cheap
Pros: Good mouse, performance is pretty snappy adjustable DPI button but you cant customize it tho. And i picked this up for 16 bucks And the cougar logo glows too.
Cons: Well there is one, but not a big enough deal to knock an egg off The backbutton for browsing (and otherstuff) is kinda finniky, you have to press it just right, whereas the forward button is almost seamless. The other (not really a con but an observation) Is if you hold the mouse your hand imprint can be seen on the finish.
Overall Review: Good mouse, good price. Pick it up if you are needing a cheap but decent gaming mouse