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ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectX 11.2 R9290X-DC2-4GD5 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast faster fastest. Running three monitors at 5760x1080. Skyrim and Mechwarrior Online flawlessly.

Cool cooler coolest. Idles at about 30c. Never had a card this cool before.

Pretty prettier prettiest. Might not matter to most, but the gold "stickers" are actually metal plates with adhesive. It's pretty rad.

Still need more? Drivers included let you tweek the settings on your desktop. This card rocks.

Cons: It's big, but no one's ever complained to me about it.

See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Okay so I love this card, but getting my monitors running was nothing short of a nightmare. At first it worked really well, but my mouse cursor would the jitters occasionally. Trying to fix that problem opened the gates of Hell. I'll skip the details because none of them can be blamed on the card for sure, but I eventually got everything back to normal, and fixed the mouse stutter by simply switching the mouse to a different USB port on the MOBO. Bottom line, it took some problem solving skills.

AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 6-Core 3.3 GHz Socket AM3+ 95W FD6100WMGUSBX Desktop Processor
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4 out of 5 eggs Great processor for a great price. 12/02/2011

This review is from: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 6-Core 3.3 GHz Socket AM3+ 95W FD6100WMGUSBX Desktop Processor

Pros: Price, SUPER easy to OC. Pushed to over 4GHz on air at 45c under load.

New technology is refreshing, even if it's not the best available.

Cons: Combined with 990FXA MoBo and Radeon 6970, but no achievement... I feel deceived.

Other Thoughts: BUY A DECENT FRIGGIN COOLER! Using the stock cooler would be like installing a turbocharger and turning down the boost. IE: a total waste. If OCing seems too complicated, do your research or quit and buy a mac.

AMD for the win! Not the best, but buying the best nowadays means bending over and taking it from a certain company. Have fun with that when you can't comfortably sit down in a few years.

MSI 990FXA-GD80 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Easily the best MoBo out there for an AMD machine. 12/02/2011

This review is from: MSI 990FXA-GD80 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Gorgeous, functional, onboard CPU temp monitor, USB 2.0/3.0 everywhere, 4x PCI-E x16!!!!

It's blue, it's really really blue.

Cons: Bios likes to set everything to "Auto" without any indication of what anything is actually set to. Auto works well enough but it made setting my memory timings a pain.

Also, combined with FX-6100 and Radeon 6970, but still haven't unlocked the Scorpius achievement. :(

Other Thoughts: This board was super easy to work with. Booted right up with my AM3+ CPU with zero issue. Will likely buy from MSI in the future.

My rig:
This board, duh.
FX 6100 with Zalman 9900 cooler
HIS Ice Q 6970
Gskill Ripjaws 16GB 4x4 1600 9-9-9-24
Crucial 128GB SSD
Kingwin 1000w PSU
AZZA Hurrican full tower


Chris K.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris K.

Date Joined: 12/21/08

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 11/26/11
  • Last Review: 03/23/15
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