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PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 480 DirectX 12 AXRX 480 4GBD5-3DHD 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
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Pros: Latest GCN Architechture offers tremendous performance, especially in the latest DirectX 12 titles.
Ridiculous amount of Compute horsepower, and memory bandwidth for the dollar
Much Lower power and roughly twice as fast as the R9 280K I replaced.
HDMI 2.0 allows 4K UHD 3840x2160 @ 60Hz output without an adapter as needed in earlier HDMI specs
Plays Most 2015 and earlier AAA titles in 4K @ High+ Quality at over 30FPS
Vulcan!!!! WOW Doom in 4K @ High-Ultra gains ~30% over OpenGL 4.5 and is totally playable in the mid 40's
4GB is more than enough for current titles
Crossfire is a future option for me
Got at a great price without having to do a rebate!

Cons: Cooling fans are definitely louder than my R9 280X ever was!
No included games or software

Other Thoughts: Used with an Intel Xeon e3 1225 v3 with 24GB and a 600 W 80 Plus power supply

I know this card isn't 'designed' for 4K gaming - but it does it swimmingly!

I have ALL of my games set at 4K now, and all play smooth enough for me! Some trial and error is involved with deciding what things to dial back to gain the most fps, while not losing much from your immersive visual experience. the Frostbite engine and Cryengine require the most visual turn downs, but AA off saves a bit on all games and is not nearly as needed at 4K with a high pixel density.

CASE ROSEWILL SRM-01 Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Chassis for such a low price 12/22/2016

This review is from: CASE ROSEWILL SRM-01 Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Nice looking bezel, thoughtful design, great value at $20 sale.
Decent ventilation options and comes with a rear 80mm chassis fan.
Using as a HTPC chassis as is the smallest inexpensive mATX tower with full height expansion slots that I could find!

Cons: Thin metal 'lock' tab bends easily - not useful to lock chassis.
Wouldn't mind if it came with a few more screws...

Other Thoughts: Fit easily a new i3 4170/B85/16GB/SSD/HD/DVDRW/GTX 960 2GB for my living room tv pc. Running with the factory cooler and added 120MM side fan it runs cool, and pretty quiet (aside from the intel factory cooler fan).

Not so much a con as the small case is what was desired, and only a challenge when first setting up - but the depth offers space challenges with a combination of an long optical drive, and a large power supply, with access to the sata and power ports on the back of the optical drive.

Single front side USB3 is Odd...

Samsung UN40KU6290 40-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Computer Monitor Value Ever! 12/07/2016

This review is from: Samsung UN40KU6290 40-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

Pros: Razor sharp screen excellent for text, usage as a computer monitor.
Built in smart tv functions with reduced hack venerability due to lack of camera or microphone - can be used in more secure environments.
Strong tuner pulls in more stations from my antenna than TV's from Proscan, Sceptre, Apex, or a Haupaughe USB TV adapter.
Intuitive simplified remote.
3 x HDMI ports including 4K UHD support.
Thin bezel.
Quality construction and finish.
Excellent color reproduction, and smooth stream playback with built in apps makes my wife when watching say 'It looks like we're there'.
Seriously the same as 4x20" 1080P monitors stacked2x2 - the best computer monitor ever for a capable machine.
Development work, web browsing, gaming, all benefit from this.
Fantastic bargain for the price, comparing to computer monitors of the same size I can buy this AND a video card for less, and its basically the same thing, plus speakers and built in netflix/amzn video/etc.

Cons: Power switch is on the bottom right back, several inches in from the corner, not in the best spot to turn on without the remote.
No native Display Port, requires UHD capable HDMI 2.0 devices to achieve the 4K at 60Hz. (not really a con, just know what you are working with)
Seems tilted slightly back on included non adjustable stand, rather than being perfectly perpendicular to the table

Other Thoughts: As an IT Professional of 20 years, I have seen and worked the progression of technology. My first 'monitor' was a 13" Color TV hooked to the commodore 64 and rendered fuzzily at 320x240 in 8 bit color - and that worked well enough. When PC's came out my first machine was a 8086 Tandy 1000 with 2 x 360k 5 1/4" floppies matched with a 14" Monochrome monitor, also 320x240 but only green. My first windows machine I bought at age 19 was a 486 dx 33 with an stb powergraph 64 2mb (S3 Trio 3d) VESA local bus windows accelerator, and a 14" ctx color monitor maxing at a whopping 1024x768 @ 24 bit color. Now we finally had a full color pallet, sharp screens, and the start of what would be the 3D revolution that we are experiencing now!

Without going thru the 16.7 million pc upgrades I have done, (lets just say Cyrix, AMD, Intel; Matrox, 3dfx, ATI, nVidia, pretty much all generations), between Wolfenstein 3D and GTA 5/Far Cry 4/Crysis 3/Battlefield 4+/etc/etc, let me tell you - this thing is absolutely ridiculous gaming at 3840x2160@60Hz @high-ultra detail when paired with a good video card such as an RX 480, or GTX 1060 or better...

I honestly consider this now the best computer related upgrade I have ever bought. Now I suffer serious monitor envy at work - home being 24"-40"-24" and work being 15"(laptop)-20"-25" on the monitor trifecta. You should buy one!

I also ordered a RX 480 from newegg as I want max performance, even though I can run GTA 5 on High detail and a couple settings at Very High without MSAA on my R9 280X/Xeon e3 1225 v3/24GB at 4K @ 42FPS... But for the R9 280X I need to use a $20-30 ish Display Port to 4K HDMI 2.0 Adapter, as well as set my colors to 8BPP to enable the 4K 260Hz UHD modes on the card (3840x2160@60Hz 4:4:4) . Without the adapter I can only get 30Hz on UHD with older cards such as this due to the HDMI ports not being 2.0, and the TV lacking an actual display port on it. 3840x2160 @60Hz would be possible at 4:2:2 without the adapter, but at a serious degradation to quality.


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Display Name: Derek D.

Date Joined: 12/23/03

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  • First Review: 07/21/10
  • Last Review: 12/22/16
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