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This review is from: GIGABYTE Radeon RX 480 WINDFORCE 8GB GV-RX480WF2-8GD Video Card
Pros: - 8GB of GDDR5 @ Max Speed.
- DX 12 & Vulkan API support built in.
- 150w TDP, although AMD's version of TDP is different from other companies like Intel or Nvidia. 150w is the average power draw, it might draw more, or less depending on the load. This is a massive improvement over previous gen AMD cards. The Performance per watt has improved tremendously. To give perspective an R9 280X has a TDP of 250W yet it's performance is no where near what this card is able to put out.
- Price - $250 is the MSRP for this 8GB variant of the RX 480. I pick it up for $225 for an aftermarket solution. Anything that offers an aftermarket cooler and is under MSRP is a fantastic deal to me.
- This cards performance target is 1080p Ultra with a solid 60 fps and it delivers, assuming the rest of your system is up to spec. Regardless, for the price, this card has solid value and should meet your needs if your target performance level is what was previously stated.
- Supports AMD's Freesync Tech.
Cons: - Only UEFI, no Legacy Bios option, so using this on an old board is out of the question even though every other standard meets the requirements.
Pros: - Actually around MSRP.
- Does not require a 6 pin connector.
- Performs better than an R9 270X.
Cons: -,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-, Doesn't work.
Other Thoughts: - If you search online the AMD forums right now you will see several individuals having issues with their games crashing, trouble installing Windows, black screens, etc. The one thing they all have in common... This card.
I personally experienced this. I had built a computer for a client who only plays MOBAs and this card was perfect for that and cheap to boot. When I bread boarded the build everything was fine, hell the card even passed furmark and other gpu benchmarks without issue. Then I had tons of trouble getting windows to install kept getting error 0x000025 or something like that. Once I got Windows to install after hours of work arounds and what not. Everything seemed fine at the time. Windows would boot without issue, could surf the web, etc. Everything was fine, then we installed some games and everything fell apart. At the time I was freaking out, I couldn't figure out what was causing the issue, I ran every test possible, swapped every component possible, used every available driver, until finally I said "let me swap the graphics card"... Bam... Everything works fine. No issues, smoothest computer I've ever made.
Moral of the story, STAY AWAY FROM THIS GRAPHICS CARD UNLESS YOU WANT A HEADACHE! They took shortcuts and it will ultimately leave you $100+ down the hole with nothing to show for it and probably throw you under the bus if you are running a business. Spend a little more and get a better brand and avoid the headaches.
This review is from: TRENDnet TE100-S16D Unmanaged 16-Port Switch
Pros: Works like a charm.
Other Thoughts: In my use case. Even it not having 10/100/1000 is honestly not a big deal to me as the internet speeds where I live haven't even gotten to a point where they can even fully utilize the 100Mbps.READ FULL REVIEW