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GIGABYTE Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 GV-R929OC-4GD 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Must have gotten lucky or its simply great 07/01/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 GV-R929OC-4GD 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Price and Performance

Maybe its because I didn't use this for mining (most reviews for failed cards mention mining), or maybe its because I got lucky, or perhaps gigabyte has gotten their act together.
But mine works and works well.

100% of the games I have tried played on max graphics, 100% of them!

hard reset
battlefield 3
tropico 5
bioshock infinite
crysis 2 and 3
and more

all at "ultra" or whatever the max was, and all at 1080p with a very smooth framrate.
I also have an amd fx 8350 stock cooler. (Stock cooler is way louder than this graphics card.)

This card is way better than a gtx 770, almost as good as a gtx 780.
But costs about the same as the 770 (this is less if you get the 4gb version 770)

Cons: produces a lot of heat although it has not overheated

Other Thoughts: Since I have not had any problems with it I do not know if gigabyte stands by it under warranty.

ASUS Google Nexus 7 First Gen 7
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great for the price 04/27/2014

This review is from: ASUS Google Nexus 7 First Gen 7" 32 GB Android Wi-Fi Tablet

Pros: Considering the price it was great tablet. It is still a good tablet but obviously is a little older now.

If you have never owned a tablet this can be a decent first.
Plays most games fine and can browse the internet.
Also has decent office apps.
Good emulators too.

Cons: Tegra 3 isn't as powerful as I thought.
Every once in a long while it freezes up or something.

AVEXIR Core Series 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) Dual Channel 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 3100 (PC3 24800) Memory For Intel Haswell Model AVD3UH31001204G-2CI
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: You can theoretically get like maybe two extra frames per second on ram heavy games...

Cons: These other reviews are obviously trolls. But unfortunately some people only look at the review average.

I do not own these personally but what I do know is that they wouldn't have the effect their price would suggest.

The extra two frames per second you might theoretically get on some games is definitely not worth the price.

Other Thoughts: Just buy some reasonable price ram and spend the extra money on a better graphics card.


Aaron d.'s Profile

Display Name: Aaron d.

Date Joined: 10/04/09

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/20/13
  • Last Review: 03/31/15
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