Joined on 07/06/02
The Best Review of the SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC R9 290 you will find
Pros: Some of these reviews are so bad they actually compelled me to write a review myself. Here's a real list of Pros/Cons so please read thoroughly! 1. Coolest Temps on R9 290 I've come across, read this as it "Dumps heat into your case very well" 2. Very stable under extreme loads, for very long times. 3. ATI Drivers are NOT an issue, they work perfectly, every time. 4. Very quiet compared to reference design. I run three R9 290s in one rig, side by side, however the middle card is a reference 290 due to the spacing issue with these cards. (Please see Cons)
Cons: 1. Takes up 3 slots, despite appearing as if it would only take up two. The issue is that the screws on the back, would stop the fans on a card butted up against it. But with a reference card, this is not a problem, so keep in mind that you cannot put two of these cards against each other. It maybe part of the reason these cards get such good temps. 2. Power Hungry. (Like all 290 cards) This is where people get mad and blame drivers for black screens because their 860Watt Antec power supply, that works fine with their old card, just can't keep up with this new card. What they don't realize is that 860 watts on 2 rails is only 430 watts on each rail, and when one rail has way more wattage being used than the other, it's unstable power. If you pair these cards with a GOOD PSU, you WILL NOT HAVE A PROBLEM. 3. Dumps heat like no body's business. Since the card does not push the heat out the back of the case like the reference card, you may want to flip some fans around to avoid heat getting trapped in air pockets. This happens when the cards are "Rebreathing" the same hot air over and over, and thus creates a heat cycle. I've found having all fans push fresh air at them, forces air out the back, and to the front of the case. And exhaust fan on the top and back is required. For 3 R9 290s I have an 1100 Watt PSU and 5 case fans, and that just gets the job done.
Overall Review: This card is a blast, it's fast, stable, quiet, and as long as you feed it right and give it a good home it will be very well behaved. Starve it for power with an outdated or cheap PSU, or leave it sweltering in a box with poor airflow, or just wrong airflow, and you will not be a happy buyer. Here is a link to the best PSU's for this Videocard on Newegg http://j.mp/newegg-best-psu
ASUS R9 290 DirectCU Small Heat Issue
Pros: I've been mining altcoins for a long while, so here's the skinny. 1. Great for casual gaming, or mining a less GPU intensive alt-coin like dark coin's algo. 2. VERY QUIET when compared to the reference cooler
Cons: 1. No heatsinks on the VRMs *Could shorten card lifespan* 2. It's a little wider than most 290s, taking up 3 full slots. VRM modules are naked on my version of this card, I would not buy again as the ASUS Reference design was better. There's an increased chance of failure with this card, IMO with extended gaming at high settings, or GPU intensive tasks such as scrypt mining.
Overall Review: The GPU runs cooler than the reference design by about 10C HOWEVER--- they did not put any heatsink AT ALL on the VRM's and so they actually run HOTTER. This card would be good for mining Dark Coin, ( https__bitcointalk_org/index.php?topic=475795.0;all ) as there's is less heat involved. Otherwise the card runs like any other R9 290, which is awesome. If you crank up the fans, you can hear it, it's not really quiet at all, just quiet compared to the reference cards.
Pros: I too would like to know what business their app needs with my phone number and location just to turn my lights on and off!!! TOTALLY NOT FAIR, VERY MUCH DISLIKE THAT. Otherwise they seem to work great, but I'm going to hock them on craigslist if this privacy violation isn't resolved soon. :(
Cons: The app requests more permissions than should be required. As an Android app developer, I know the dangers of what permissions they are requesting, and it's not needed in any way.
Overall Review: App Privacy Violations Unnecessary
Memory SPD Misunderstandings
Pros: SPD is Serial Presence Detect: it specifies the Timeings and etc in the first 255 bytes of the ram module. The purpose is to autodetect the memory timings, to ensure they are set properly. Kingston, has done something truly brilliant and insightful, to help you peons who can't figure this stuff out, so the ram just works. Here's the skinny, and why it's so brilliant. They set the Voltage down to 1.5 because of the nightmare some people experience when their ram sticks SPD sets the voltage for 1.65 and their motherboard cannot boot with that speed setting. A friend of mine had an ASUS board with Dominator ram the required 1.65v. The Sniper MOBO supported 1.65, just not on initial boot. He had to use MY Kingstom Ram rated at 1.5v go into Bios, override the SPD (Turn Auto off) and manually set 1.65v and then shutdown, swap ram and BAM everything worked fine. Until he loses bios, or resets it etc. This reduces false RMAs because more systems will boot standard JEDEC SPD voltages.
Cons: Ok, this is not without CONS. Obviously, the memory boots in systems initially using SPD auto settings. (1333) This actually underclocks the memory, while still being stable(ish), this is not ideal, nor the purpose of this memory. If you want 1333, just by some, it's cheaper. If you bought this and run it at 1333, you wasted your money, because 1333 isn't what these were designed to run at. Because they CAN doesn't mean they SHOULD. They can also run at 2000. Same thing, you shouldn't push them that hard because you can, IMO they are much more likely to fail that way. The great thing is that if you know this, and wanna push them anyway, and have the knowledge to back it up, you're getting a helluva deal, and it's fun. But PlugNPlay isn't what these stick are about. These sticks, are ment to rock! :P
Overall Review: If there were a 6 on tech level, I'd be there. I've used THOUSANDS of Kingston sticks in mass production, and personal use. In my own experience with these sticks -> [From Motherboard to Motherboard] I'm having problems getting it stable and I know what I'm doing. I'm also using 4 sticks of it and my MSI-890 is not 100% stable. Prime95 throws errors and memtest+ will freeze. In my other board, but with my other newer MSI-990 chipset it works flawlessly with a 7.9 WEI so I'm certain it's a voltage regulation problem. I don't like messing with RAM settings, but luckily if I can get it stable, I can save my CMOS setting to a flash drive (fat32 only) MSI+Kingston is a strong force and makes a powerful combination in regards to stability, and longevity. Bottom line, THIS HyperX Memory is for tweakers, and those learning the ropes. An informed buyer will be happy. Woe to the noob who buys without reading my review.
Pros: It's good. I've got two of them for six months no issues what so ever. Good refresh rate and very sharp clear display. Comes on fast and buttons all feel solid.
Cons: Lost an Egg cause one screen has a dead Pixel. It's so small that I have to look for it. Actually, it's just that the red on one pixel is stuck on all the time. Like I'm using the monitor right now and can't even find it, but I know it's there.
Overall Review: Stuck pixels aren't always permanent, sometimes they self correct. It's a by product of mass production and isn't really a problem for me at all. I do graphic design. It's still not a problem. and even if it was, I could move around it. If I paid $$$$ for a really really nice HDR display or something like that, I would be upset. But I really like the monitor. I sell and setup about 225 Monitors a month.