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Pros: - HDMI 2.0 (even though I was just going to use DP for freesync)
- Latest Polaris architecture
- 8GB GDDR5
- Liked the RGB lighting
- Was hopping for typical ASUS quality
Cons: - Definitely not up to the task for 4K freesync
- Both me and a friend had very similar issues with this same card (ordered the same day)
- New Window Boxes not being displayed/opened.
- Mouse cursor disappearing
- Screen randomly going black and eventually restarting PC
- Tried 4 different driver revisions and 2x different freesync monitors. No change. Exchanged for Fury X now that it's $380.
Other Thoughts: You always pay a premium for ASUS quality. Even if this card didn't have issues, I'm not sure the performance is worth the $299 price tag. The ASUS clock speeds aren't any higher then others at a lower price. Also, from what I've read, these RX480's have very little GPU overclocking room. RAM can be pushed a bit.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Snapped this up immediately when it went on sale for $549. Unquestionably the most laptop for the money I've even seen!
Full Tech Specs:
Intel Core i5 4210U - 2.4GHz on Turbo, 2 cores / 4 Threads
8GB RAM (2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz at 11-11-11-28)
Nvidia 840M (384 cuda cores, 2GB DDR3-1800MHz over 64bit)
1TB 5400RPM SATA3 HDD
1366x768 Screen (guessing 5ms response / lower res helps keep FPS high)
Cons: Low-ish 1366x768 screen res (wish it was a 1080p touch screen) But it's not nearly as bad as I expected! Looks great in games. Response time might a bit slow but it's good enough for a laptop.
Slow 5400RPM HDD. (I installed a Samsung 850 Pro SSD and used the slow HDD in and external USB3 enclosure.
Other Thoughts: Hahaha! I sold my old 2009 Core2 Duo MacBook Pro (8GB DDR3 1066, Core 2 Duo P7550 2.26GHz, Nvidia 9400GT graphics and 128GB SSD for $500. So it only cost me $50 to upgrade to this beast! Hahaha! So glad crazy Mac fanatics exist. :-)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Would be such a sweet upgrade option if it worked. USB 3 works.
Cons: SATA6 controller isn't even seen by OS. SYBA has no drivers on the web site for the SATA controller. Just the USB. No HDD/SSD is seen by the OS when plugged in to internal SATA plug. Jumpers are set to 2-3 for internal. The driver CD that came with it is a joke. It's a disk that has drivers for, what looks like, every single SYBA product made. They're all in folders that are not labeled in any logical way. Just randomly labeled folders. How hard is it to make a CD for each product. Talk about poor product execution.
Other Thoughts: Would be such a sweet upgrade option if it worked. Another manufacturer needs to step up and make a proper 1xPCIe card with 1xSATA6 and 1xUSB3READ FULL REVIEW