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XFX Radeon RS RX 480 DirectX 12 RX-480P836BM 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Runs a bit quieter than my XFX 280X did and is about 2.5-3 inches shorter for those with smaller cases
-All games are very playable with my FX6300 Vishera @ 4Ghz. I have played The Division @ 1920x1080 at a solid 60fps for hours with no hiccups. The settings are turned up all the way with Extra Streaming Distance turned up all the way, Ultra post FXAA, 8X AF, Temporal AA on 'super sampling', particle detail on ultra and object detail on 60%.
Doom also plays very smoothly with frame rates typically above 70fps with vulkan installed as the API and NOT Direct X. It was a very noticeable performance increase over Direct X so I stuck with it and turned some more of the eye candy up. The settings are all the way up with the exception of the Ultra Textures...I simply haven't gotten to that yet. I forgot that I can do that now that I have enough video ram.
War Thunder runs cranked all the way and typically does not drop below 75fps.

Cons: -This card displayed some random crashing with World of Tanks though I DID forget to uninstall the old driver properly first. Its kind of odd though because its the only game the card had any issues with. I really can't tell if its WoT (it has been buggy/unstable many many times in past patches) or if its the card. I did a register clean and a clean install/uninstall of amd drivers twice and have had no issues with the other games which also include War Thunder.

Other Thoughts: I think I may need to overclock my CPU a bit more. Even with the eye candy turned up all the way or most of the way in these games I think the processor still bottlenecks the card a little. (that's right....a six core, 4.0Ghz FX6300 processor has to run flat out on all cores in some games to keep this card fed! This is especially true with Doom and The Division) I may try overclocking to 4.2Ghz and see how it responds. I got the card for two-twenty after a MIR. I mailed that off and have had good luck with MIR's in the past. Also, the registration DOES work for the game download. There are **numerous** hoops you have to jump through including giving them a working cell number so they can send you 1 of 2 passcodes as well as passcodes in **several** other steps of the way to finally getting your game but I can confirm the download DOES work for Civ VI. In one of the emails you get it says the download is for Hitman, disregard that. Its a mistake, the game is Civ VI and is downloaded on Steam.

PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon HD 7790 DirectX 11 AX7790 1GBD5-TDH/OC 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price/performance ratio is very good for this card. It plays BF4 on all medium settings with minimal AA @ 1920x1080 with frames around 45 fps most of the time and crysis 3 at high settings with the same frame rate and resolution. If you customize the settings on WoT with all medium settings and level of detail, draw distance on maximum it does very well with frames in the same 45 fps average territory. Thats not bad for a mid-range card at this price range. The heatsink has 6 copper heat pipes and does a very good job cooling this card. I never saw temperatures go above 65 deg C on full load for hours on end. I have the card in a cooler master HAF 902 (the cube case) and all of the fan slots are occupied so there's excellent ventilation. I am sure that helps the temps at least some but still, the fan/heatsink is not a cheapy and is typical of what you would find on any decent brand of video card thats mid-range and up. I have not had any problems out of this card. I used the drivers off of AMD's website instead of what was on the CD. I hardly ever use the CD drivers unless there's a specific problem with a driver/game where I need an older driver version.

Cons: none for the money....considering you're not buying a 7990 or something crazy like that

Other Thoughts: This card is long for a mid-range card. I guess to fit in the dual fan cooler.
Display port, Dual DVI and an HDMI are very nice if not standard features.
A lot of people beat up on Power Color but I have had good luck with their cards. I did a build with a 7770 from Power Color a year ago and that little card is still going strong.
I think people are just used to a certain brand. Consider that many of the parts are made in the same factories in China/Taiwan and the difference is mainly the quality grade of the parts the brand/company elects for the manufacturer to put on the PCB such as Japanese solid caps or cheap Chinese ones or will the card have a cheap fan or a good fan? Assembly, PCB boards, silicon all come from the same places in common with the other brands.

Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: There are many cool things about this case such as the hot swap bays, filter for the power supply, the ability to house really large 900W+ power supplies, great ventilation etc etc

Cons: If you install 140mm front fans like the description says you should be able to, the plastic on the inside of the front bezel will interfere with the fitment and will prevent the front bezel from snapping into place. I had to remedy this by cutting out a long thin plastic ridge on the inside of the case. Also if you install a 200mm fan in the top, you won't be able to close the top if you also have installed a tall HSF. The one I was using was the cooler master Hyper 212 plus. You would think that they would make their products compatible. Also the metal brace on the inside of the case serves no other purpose? Why isn't this also functional for holding drives or something. I checked to see if 2.5 or 3.5 drives will fit and neither will. I found this strange and took it out because it was blocking airflow. Also while routing all of my wires I found much to be desired of the cable manage tie down locations and lack thereof in other locations. I needed some along the sides leading up to the top of the case. That would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: The concept of this case is a great idea. It really seems as though they realized it was a cool idea without actually checking it out much and rather rushed it into production instead. I think if there were a few touches added like filtration for the front as well and the aforementioned details remedied this would be a very nice case. As it stands in my opinion its an unfinished product. Nice features and concept but poor execution of the details.


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