Joined on 07/10/11
2 of these in Crossfire = win.
Pros: Smashes faces and takes names? I got no need to OC these any more than the slight stock overclock they already got. If you Xfire, there is no legitimate need to OC any more because you should get max settings and FPS on anything out right now, and probably any game released in the next year or so.
Overall Review: Xfire 2 of these and you got a setup as good as anything Nvidia has for much cheaper. I used to be an Nvidia dude, then I realized why pay 30-50% more for only 5% more performance, if that? If you look at the cost difference, you could just waterblock these and OC them and still own Nvidia by a healthy margin for less money.
Having to RMA 2 of these.....
Pros: None. 2 boards DOA.
Cons: First board would just default back to IDE giving the A3 error before crashing and repeatedly turning on and shutting off. And finally it stopped posted. I tested everything else, GPUs, monitor, PSU, ram. Had to be the board. Got the new board in, getting ready to pop the CPU in and I shine a light inside the socket to find 3 bent pins, one is so horribly bent that even a blind man could see from 10 feet away. DOA. 0/5 Eggs for ASrock!!! I had to give at least one, but its 1 more than they are worth.
Overall Review: There is no legitimate excuse getting 2 bad boards in a row, unless they got absolutely no quality control at all. I'll never buy ASrock again, that is for sure. Go with Gigabyte or Asus, and don't buy this board. I wished Newegg kept a record of RMAs for potential customers to see on various products to get some kind of idea on error rates on these boards. I am sure this board ranks as one of the highest error rates for a Z68 board.
Cheaper than most DDR4 2400mhz kits.
Pros: - Wasn't DOA. I got bad luck with ram. - I got it for under $150
Cons: - For Ryzen boards, the XMP profile might not work, depending on your motherboard. You won't get 3000mhz stated speed. - For me, this ram runs 2667mhz tops on an MSI X370 gaming pro carbon. - It's Hynix memory, and you want Samsumg B-die memory for Ryzen.
Overall Review: Don't buy this ram for Ryzen. This ram gets 2 eggs if you use Ryzen, and the only reason it didn't get 1 egg, is because the price I paid was reasonable. For Intel, you're probably fine and it should run 3000mhz at stated timings with XMP profile. Assuming the XMP profile works with Intel, I'd give this ram 4 eggs for Intel users.
Once I got it in, I'm not happy at all with the case.
Pros: Price? But you ultimately get what you pay for.
Cons: - Lack of easy access to the dust filters. Makes it quite a chore to clean out. - I can't remove the center drive rack without breaking it, to fit a larger GPU. - By the time you invest in a 200mm fan for the top, an extra fan for the front, and one for the side, you've dumped $100 in this case easily, and you can buy considerably better cases for that price range, *WITH* fans included.
Overall Review: If you're considering using this + buying extra fans, I recommend you don't get this case at all. You can get a full size tower, or a better mid tower case. Look into an In Win 303/C case over this if you're looking for an alternative mid tower. I would have given this case 4 stars if the drive rack was easy to remove, and it had easy dust filter access.
Pros: Its a fast GPU, if it works. Destroys a GTX 970 for this price range, and has faster memory than an R9 290x. Overclocks better than a 290x.
Cons: My first GPU was a dud, RMA'd it because I was getting artifacts at stock clocks in furmark. Could be due to a bad GPU, but I was getting throttling for no forseeable reason? Wasn't because of temps, or CPU throttling, or anything else I could imagine. Never seen anything like this. The core and memory clocks would drop and give me massive stuttering in games like Witcher 3. Minus 1 egg -The base core clock for the GPU I got was 1040mhz, not 1060mhz. Minus 1 egg -Had to remove the backplate because I couldn't install the GPU in my clamp mount, either that or remove the clamp mount and screw it in manually. Definitely knocking points off for this. Any GPU design that doesn't work in a clamp mount is complete garbage. If you remove the back plate then you'll need to jerry rig some sorta support mount because this GPU is heavy even without the backplate. I used a couple of chop sticks as a brace between the top of my PSU and the bottom of this card, and let gravity hold it in place. Minus 1 egg. You need MASSIVE airflow in your PC for this cooler to be effective, because it just scatters the heat inside of your case rather than taking the air off the GPU and pushing most of it out the back like my old Radeon 6970 did. My CPU ran 10-12C hotter when my PC was under heavy load because of this GPU. Reference Radeon 6970 ran cooler in the same build than this GPU does, and the 6970 was also known for running hot. Depending on the airflow in your case you're better off getting a reference model, or another cooling design that takes the air and pushes it out the back of the case. I wouldn't recommend using 2 of these in Xfire. I got a Lian Li PC A70F full tower case, so if your case has worse airflow than mine then you don't want this GPU, look for a reference cooling design that pushes air out the back. My Radeon HIS 6970 Ice Q turbo ran considerably cooler than this card does by about 10C under load, and it didn't scatter hot air all over the inside of my case. Minus 1 egg If you plan on running one of these, I recommend getting a PCI fan that takes air that rises off this card and pushes it out the back of the case, as well as a side fan, another fan on the inside blowing toward the direction of the PCI fan to break up any hot air pockets that will heat the rest of the components in your case up.
So far so good.
Pros: Powers an OC'd I5 2500k @4.5 GHZ, tri-Xfire Radeon 6970s.
Cons: Price is a bit expensive, but its a quality product, you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: Its not fully modular, but that isn't much of an issue. Unless you are doing tri or quad Xfire/SLI you probably don't need this, unless its 2 6990s you are running.