Joined on 10/03/09
The Underdog RAM
Pros: -Frequency is important for Ryzen, and this RAM has what you need in that respect -Timings are very tight compared to its competition -RAM quality is nice, the sticks dont feel or look cheap, despite them being "offbrand" -Price is lower than the contemporaries with higher prices
Cons: -None. Support the little guy! Create market competition!
Overall Review: Paired this with a GIGABYTE GA-AB350 GAMING 3 mobo and R5 1600. Works perfectly with both on the latest BIOS at the time of this review. Memory profile loaded no sweat. I was hesitant as they weren't on anybody's QVL list, and I'd not heard of the brand, but they did the trick.
Pros: The packaging is very smart. Compact, and no nonsense. The price, when I bought it, after rebates was $400! That was insane, so I snatched one up. However, the good stops there.
Cons: The card installed just fine, and all was going swimmingly as I began to install the drivers. However, mid-installation, my PC shut off randomly. Then a loud BANG that sounded like a gunshot came from my PC. I immediately smelled something burning. The video card was shot. I slotted back in my GTX 275 and the PC booted fine. I tried to send the card back for replacement, but newegg was out of stock.
Overall Review: Great price for a great card. I was really hoping to rip BF3 a new one with this, but sadly it was not to be.
As good as can be expected from an overpriced refresh in 2022...
Pros: - It's Sapphire, so the build quality and cooler are great - I have a very well ventilated case, so it runs nice n chilly - The clocks I was actually getting ingame were much higher than what was advertised (2700 mhz+), perhaps related to how these new cards boost and my good airflow - This is subjective, but the cooler design is very slick and minimalist, and I like it a lot. No RGB tomfoolery. - As dumb as prices have become, this thing has among the best price/performance you can get right now
Cons: - If we're just considered the card itself in a vacuum, none really - The prices of all GPUs are absolutely borked, and the MSRP of this thing isn't much better
Overall Review: I'll use this review to soapbox for a bit. Was saddled with an RX580 since late 2017 or so, which I managed to get for a not ripoff price after the last mining boom. In performance terms, this is one hell of an upgrade. At least twice as fast at 1440p. I picked this card up specifically because I wanted the RX6800, but as most of us know, the GPU market is beyond effed up nowadays so I couldn't get one that wasn't overpriced. So I settled for the next best thing I could get while getting as close the mythical MSRP as I could (~$740 CAD). As far as GPUs go at the time of purchase (May 2022), it's only kinda a ripoff, instead of a complete one. In a normal market, and what I would've said about 10 years ago when I had a passion for this stuff, I would say wait and don't pull the trigger on one of these. Next generation cards are around the corner. However I would be stunned if the same cycle of scalping and artificial scarcity doesn't take place again, (or hell, mining, again). So, in this disaster of a GPU market, I'd say just go for it if you've been waiting. This card has some of the best price/performance around if you can actually get it near MSRP, as sad as that is, and I don't see it getting better with next gen. This kind of price is what we used to pay for top of the line cards, and now it barely gets you a 70 class card if you're lucky. The thought of paying more than the price of an entire console for a single component is beyond silly to me, so this very well might be the last card I ever buy. Time will tell, but a good card to end on if that's the case.
Solid card. Works like a charm and looks slick.
Pros: - Well-made, solid build quality. Doesn't feel brittle or flimsy in your hands. - Backplate makes installing or removing the card easy, and looks nice. - A very handsome-looking card overall. Minimalistic design works with most cases. - Only requires a single 8-pin power connector. - Powers through pretty much any game I throw at it with minimal slowdown. - Price is good (see "other" section). - Extra VRAM helps with future-proofing. - Better at DX12 and Vulcan games, in general.
Cons: - Only a modest overclock from the factory. (Can go higher by manually tuning it yourself). - Nitpicking: very small imperfections in some of the metalwork on the cooler. - Requires more juice than competition (non-issue for me, see "other")
Overall Review: Bought this as a replacement for my GTX 680 that I've had since 2012, which recently started to show its age. I haven't bought a red team card since they were still ATi, so I wasn't sure exactly what I would get with this purchase. Last I knew was the HD4850, which was a ludicrously powerful card for the pricepoint, though ATi's drivers were pretty bleh and unstable. I am happy to say this card exceeded my expectations so far. =-Performance-= I did lots of benchmark research, and made some rough estimations of what kind of performance I'd get; does slightly better. It runs everything I ask of it very nicely, with only optimization causing slowdown in some games. Run everything on max, and most games I run around 60 FPS consistently, some exceptions being PUBG and Squad (again, those games have optimization issues). The 8 GB of VRAM will allow you to keep this card for longer, as that extra memory is key with newer and newer titles. Also, this card has better DX12 and Vulcan support, another future-proof plus. =-OC-= I have yet to overclock the card myself, but I expect to get around 1425-1450 MHz out of it, given my case's good airflow. =-Temps & Power-= Idle temps are around 40C, haven't checked under load. This card has a lower TDP, aftermarket cooler, and runs cooler than my previous card though, so for me the issues some have with this card being "too hot and power hungry" are moot; it's more efficient than my last card. =-Drivers-= As I mentioend, last I knew of red team drivers was that they were very unstable. I am happy to say that thus far, the drivers haven't given me any major grief. They were simple to install and work just fine. The only minor annoyance is that they install an "AMD HD audio" driver with the video drivers, and it ended up screwing with the motherboard's Realtek audio drivers, and lowered the audio quality/reset my equalizer settings or something. Had to reinstall the Realtek drivers to get my sound back to normal. =-Price-= Probably the biggest thing about this card was/is its price. This card, as I'm sure most reading this know, is an object of lust for cryptocurrency miners, and as such this card has been facing supply and demand issues for its entire existence. When it was released, it was around $320-340 CAD. As of this review, the card is regularly priced at $444. The only reason I bought this card was that I found it going for about $340 after rebate on Cyber Monday, something which I waited months for, not knowing if prices would ever come down that far. Prices are still routinely in the $400-500 range, which is way too much for the performance you're getting, imo. tl;dr: If you can snag this card for somewhere close to the MSRP, I highly recommend it. It's well-built, works fine and performs great, looks very nice, and is more future proof than its competition. This card has mostly 5 star reviews and I can see why. XFX, you've made a fan out of me.