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5 out of 5 eggs Awesome sauce man 01/01/2016

This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 980TI LIGHTNING LE

Pros: The card I received had a ASIC quality of 84.2%. I won't bother over clocking since the card already clocks to 1455mhz while in game. I get 40 - 50 fps in ARK on high settings at 2560X1440 full resolution. This card replaced two R9 390's and even though it's 3d mark score is lower it performs way better than those two cards on every game I play. This card also runs Star Citizen at 30 - 60 fps which is perfectly acceptable considering ARK and SC are unfinished un-optimized games. This card also runs really cool and I have yet to see it climb above 64 with 100% usage. I do have a large case with plenty of ventilation but it's amazing how awesome this card is and how cool it runs.

Cons: Price is a little high but You get what You pay for. I made the mistake of trying to crossfire 2 AMD R9 390's and it was a lesson in frustration. Don't be a dummy and stick with a single card solution because You will be happier in the long run.

Other Thoughts: OK I might have received a freak because this card clocks to 1455mhz without overclocking and stays below 56c on kombuster. I can't say how pleased I am with this card and will by the next generation lightning that comes out.

MSI Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 R9 390 GAMING 8G 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: Cheap card for a budget PC. I was able to play ARK around 26 - 34 fps on medium settings at 2560X1440. When I ran 2 cards in crossfire I ranged from 30 - 45 fps but temps were a major issue. The reason I use ARK as an example is because it's early access and not optimized. If You were to play games that were optimized then You should do good because it runs GTA4 & Fallout 3 around 60 fps.

Cons: AMD drivers suck and their hardware is sub par. This card is fine if You are building a budget gaming machine but is unacceptable for a performance monster. I bought one of these to replace a NVidia 780 which was a major let down. The NVidia 780 performed just as well as this on all My games. Later down the road I doubled down on stupid and bought a second card to crossfire. I was seriously hoping that two cards would really give Me a gaming beast. I was instantly disappointed with s%^t drivers and abysmal crossfire support. The worst part is AMD's drivers stunk and Your FPS went down with each never driver. Another bad thing about these cards is they run really hot. If You plan on running two in crossfire prepare for the primary card to get up to 94 degrees due to poor ventilation. If You are planning on running just one card then You can see the temps reach up to 84 degrees.

Other Thoughts: If You are planning to buy two of these to crossfire then quit while You are ahead and buy a 980ti instead. I was constantly frustrated with s^&t drivers and decided to s%^t can two of these cards for a 980ti. I should have bought a 980ti instead but apparently I have more money than brains so I can afford to screw up.

Crucial M4 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Still working after I upgraded the firmware.

Cons: I originally bought this for one of my laptops and it remained in that laptop for about 6 months. After six months it started going in and out and locking up my computer. I really enjoyed working 4 hours in cad trying to do an as-built and loosing all that work because my computer crashed. I replaced the drive and it set in my drawer for over a year. I recently tried it out again and did a little searching online about its problems and someone said update the firmware. I am currently using the drive and have not had any problems since I changed out the firmware but then again its my game drive so who knows.

Other Thoughts: Quality is in question.


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Display Name: James M.

Date Joined: 04/29/06

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 04/18/10
  • Last Review: 01/01/16
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