Joined on 09/17/07
Great (w/software adjustments)
Pros: This card is phenomenal w/software adjustments (see cons below). Switched from an Nvidia based card (good card) to the R9 290. I play a lot of Final Fantasy 14; if you spend time in the city states, specifically Mor Dhona, often times you'll hear people complain of FPS issues. Usually they hover somewhere around 30-40 FPS. This card coupled with an Intel 4790K running at stock speeds places my FPS at 85+. A very very nice improvement. I really like the white glow effect however it's hard to enjoy it while the card is upside down in the case :/ You will need a nearly fullsize case or a larger than average midtower in order to fit this card. It's massive. Also, your PSU will need to have the 6+2 and a 6 pin VGA connector. DO NOT use an older PSU and attempt to configure a cable to run this card. First, you WILL experience freezing and second you will likely burn up the PSU. I recommend a PSU Bronze certified rated at minimum 650 ideally 700 watts. If you truly want the best performance then pair this with a newer chip such as the 4790K or 8350 from AMD.
Cons: Here is, in my opinion, worth dropping an egg. The software. AMD what are you doing? The idea of a lower power state is great for eco reasons but come on! This feature causes the card to constantly throttle and therefore freeze before crashing FFXIV. The fix for this was to use the newest, non beta driver and uninstalling Catalyst Control Center. You'll need to find a specific program by MSI which will allow you to adjust 2 specific features. I can't/won't link anything here but this has been a good fix for a number of R9 owners 280/290 alike.
Overall Review: This card continues to drop in price. I love XFX products and customer service. I would wait for this card to be on discount and/or rebate but you can't go wrong with XFX. Hopefully, they can work with AMD on these freezing issues. I'm tired of hearing that it could be the mobo or PSU etc. Guys, it's not. We all build computers and there are a lot of us telling you there is a software issue. Please fix it.....
Does the job, minor issues
Pros: I'm using a 1 x GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with the AMD 1100T Black Edition 6 Core processor and G Skill Ripjaws 1866 ram. This cooler is perfect for minor overclocking from stock 3.3 to 3.8Ghz Prime 95 stable.
Cons: The biggest problem I have is that this unit is so large it covers one of my ram slots and I had to either A) trim the heatsink on the ram stick, which I did and it fried the stick (lesson learned) or B) buy different low profile/no heatsink for ram sticks. Minor issue because my board is dual channel and I figured out (first PC build) that running two sticks of 8gb ram was better than 4x4gb sticks. Temperatures didn't hold up well on a stable overclock of 4.4Ghz. I'm using Arctic Silver thermal paste applied as directed but the temps run at 64 celcius at full load. Not terrible but for about $50 more the corsair H80 self contained simple water cooler has my temps at full load down to 38 celcius...
Overall Review: I was scared to go water cooling, hence why I haven't dived into a full custom setup. The Corsair H80 comes in two parts, the radiator and the heat sink with two connecting tubes making it a very very easy intro install for beginners/mid level builders. I have a stable 4.4Ghz overclock with 38 c temps compared to the Cooler Master Hyper N 520 at 64 c. The TJ max of my chip is 71 c which is the max temp the chip can handle without causing serious damage. I prefer the breathing room of water cooling. Overall this is a good product but doesn't meet the demands of the newer chips designed to be overclocked. This is a must buy item to replace ALL stock coolers. If you use a stock cooler you're an idiot.
Spend the money!
Pros: Sturdy! I can't say enough about this. The screw holes are solid plastic tubes NOT just a hole cut in the frame! This is a must for me. Some of the other "brand name" companies only drill a hole in the frame. Doing so causes flexing which in turn causes the fan blades to rub against the frame. Green LEDs are perfect. A true green not some off color and they all match! If you're unfamiliar with LEDs... it's not uncommon to have serious variations in color. There are many factors which may contribute to this but BitFenix avoids them. Enough said. Connectors - the LEDs are piggy backed to the main power supply. You can unplug the LEDs if you want a dedicated controller but for those that don't... it saves you a ton of connections! Liquid Cooling - as stated in other reviews, the CFM is a bit lower than others, however, my 4790K sits at 53C (4.5 Ghz) while running Final Fantasy 14 over a triple monitor setup @ maximum settings. The cooler is a Corsair H50. Two fans in push/pull configuration. I have 8 of the 120mm fans in my case! They give it a nice solid glow without the blinding overkill of superbright LEDs.
Cons: Absolutely none!
Overall Review: You can stop your search now. Add to cart and enjoy your purchase!
MMO Kind of, Typing NO!
Pros: Lighting seems fine for my tastes. If it were any brighter it may be an issue for me as I don't like playing in a brightly lit room anyways. Honestly, there's not a ton I love about this keyboard.
Cons: Keys feel spaced extra far apart compared to other keyboards. You fingers will adjust but that doesn't fix the next issue. I play FFXIV and constantly need to type a quick blurb in the chat window. Unfortunately, I look like a 5 yr old typing as the keyboard consistently misses keystrokes. Not only is typing an issue but during fights like Titan Extreme I've had issues where I attempt to strafe and nothing happens which in turn guarantees my death. Purchased from a military store and plan on returning keyboard as soon as replacement arrives.
Overall Review: I expected a phenomenal keyboard considering I absolutely love the wireless Naga mouse. Much is to be desired and I think this keyboard needs a complete redesign....
Great for the price!
Pros: My comp sits next to my entertainment center out in the open and I have 5 of these in the case. 2 are push pull for Corsair H80 liquid cooling (overclocked 4.1Ghz) temps stay at 38C on Prime95 stability test. I can keep my TV at a normal volume without the fans compromising my relaxation
Cons: None, the people who are complaining about their functionality can either RMA the fans or spend more money. There are no cons! The fans are quiet, cheap and of course their flimsy when you crank down on the screws
Overall Review: Sometimes I wonder why people bother to post considering the problem is probably rooted in their lack of knowledge or experience
Awesome Case, Great Airflow!
Pros: Great layout, plenty of drive bays, lots of fan mounts, interior is black. I have a 1 x GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard, AMD BE 1100T 6 core processor, Corsair H80 cooler, 1 x COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V power supply, 2 SSD drives, 1-1.5 TB traditional HDD, 2 Blu-ray burners, 1 HD-DVD/Blu-ray drive, 1 IDE PCI-E card, 2x4Gb G Skill Sniper series 1866Mhz ram sticks, media card reader in front 5.25" bay and a 1 x SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card loaded in this case. The case still has plenty of room!!! I love that the LEDs are not overkill. I have my processor overclocked to 4.4Ghz which runs at 22c idle and 38c full prime95 load. This proves that the airflow is phenomenal!
Cons: The two fan mounts on the side panel are great but attaching the power connectors to the Mobo before closing is a pain the rear
Overall Review: I modified my case by removing the plastic target looking bezzel behind the front bottom fan. This helped increase air flow; further my top to drive slots are being used for a fan slot. I took the mesh covers and placed a 120 mm fan behind them using zip ties to suspend the fan. Both front fans are setup as intake fans. The top fan is exhaust as is the rear (the hydro h80 is setup as push from the fan inside and pull from the fan against the case chasis) the two side fans on the side of the case are pulling air into the case. This setup has optimized the air flow inside the case and along with my H80 creates a very cool/stable overclock. I would buy this case over any other case on the market at the moment. I'm not a big fan of grey metal looking interiors. Those types of case scream store bought (BB, Tarjay, Wally World etc) to me and are ugly.