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PowerColor Radeon R9 295x2 DirectX 11.2 AXR9 295X2 8GBD5-M4D 8GB 1024 (512 x 2)-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: You could go read up a ton of articles on the 295x2 and how it compares to other cards. Odds are you already have. So i'll just jump in to confirm the assumptions. Yes, it's crazy fast, and yes, it can do 4k resolutions at 60 frames (with help). The recommendations about power and PCIe lanes are to be taken seriously though. It must have 28a per cable and no shared cables to the PSU. It must sit in a 16x slot. But if you have the motherboard/proc to push this, it will go crazy fast.

Cons: I gotta knock off an egg on PowerColor specifically here. The card comes with 4x mini-DP ports and a mini-DP to HDMI cable. No mini-DP to DP cable, which is what 4k monitors like the UD28590D monitor need (not HDMI). Other 295x2 vendors include the adapter. If you're buying this card, it's for 4k (or you're crazy), so the adapter should have been included in the first place. Especially at this price point. Also, on the card itself, you probably want to upgrade the fan that comes with it to 2 fans (push/pull). It'll hit it's thermal ceiling with the stock fan during 4k benchmarking (probably because it never goes at 100 fan speed).

Other Thoughts: At the moment (including the Nvidia 980's) this card is still the most viable method of doing 4k gaming at 60 frames. Granted, you'll need a second card (either another 295x2 or a 290x) but this is the heavy lifter out there right now. Anything less then 4k and it's overkill. It's requirements are heavy though.

ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Where's the kitchen sink? 10/18/2014

This review is from: ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Man, this board has it all. Even stuff i didn't think i'd use (wireless) has been really useful. I don't think the specs call it out, but the board comes with plenty of extra goodies like a fan controller card and thermistor probe ports, all of which feed back into the motherboard. It'll run quadfire 295x2's in 16x/16x (with plenty of spacing) without issues. Overclocking is a breeze between the "easy button" software and the crazy amount of BIOS features. Running 3 SSD's in RAID 0 and pushing 1.5GBps read/write. Really, the best motherboard i've ever owned.

Cons: I think there's a t_sensor port on the motherboard itself (in addition to the 3 on the fan expansion card) but i can't find it. This board has literally so many things on it that you almost need a map to find some stuff. Oh, and price isn't a con, people. This is an x99 board, it's not going to be cheap. That's like complaining that a Tesla is pricey.

Other Thoughts: I don't think there is any good reason to go beyond this in the price points on the x99 boards. Oh, and the white looks great if your case matches it.

EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 G2 120-G2-1600-X1 80+ GOLD 1600W Fully Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This thing is insane. You probably don't need it. Really, you probably don't. Unless you are running a bitcoin mining farm or are using two power hungry 295x2's, this is overkill. Sweet, beautiful overkill. That said, it will run a quadfire 295x2 rig with a half dozen disks and plenty of fans, without breaking a sweat. Including overclocking.

Cons: Uhh, it's really long. It's easily the longest power supply i've ever seen outside of a server chassis. This is only a con if you have a small case, but then you probably don't need 133 amps of 12v goodness in it. Oh, also the cost.

Other Thoughts: Other reviews on the internet state that this PSU actually gets better then "Gold" rating on 80 PLUS efficiency (closer to platinum). i haven't verified this personally but another thing to keep in mind if you're comparing PSU's.


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Display Name: Ed B.

Date Joined: 07/05/05

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  • Last Review: 10/18/14
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