I rarely use ATI/AMD video cards in my computers. But every once in awhile they get it right. Well make a product that really catches me.

Last few Video cards I used were all EVGA Geforce cards. GTX 770, GTX 680 prior to that used the EVGA Geforce 560ti. and used a few more previous generations of Nvidia cards. The FX line I completely skipped and that was the first time I used a ATI  card in my PC the 800 series excellent cards.”Was actually owned by ATI back then” ATI really made their first high performance card that could not only keep up with Nvidia previous and it’s new FX line it straight up smacked the shit out of both the Nvidia 4 series and it’s new FX line at that time.

Today 09/22/2014 Nvidia threw a curve saying the 800 desktop series GPU’s wouldn’t see light until spring 2015. Well They went ahead and skipped the 800 series and have a 980 and 970 GTX cards.

The high end 980 is about $30 more than AMD’s r290x. And so far it looks to perform better than the AMD/ATI 290x.
Why are these cards interesting or a big step for PC gaming? Because the 780ti,Geforce Titan and AMD r290x are the 1st single card solutions that were built to play games in UltraHD. Not all at 60fps but from the scores I’ve seen they average anywhere from 32-45fps at 4k resolutions. The new 980 scores a bit better than the 780ti or the r290.

SHD or UHD monitors are a whole different beast. So i’ll not talk about them much. UHD Aka:4k= 3840 x 2160 resolution. WTF is SHD ? I’m probably the only one that even uses the word “SuperHD ” SHD= 2560 x 1440 or 2560 x 1600 resolutions.

The HD on most TV’s and PC’s today do 720p =1280×720 resolution and 1080i/p=1920×1080.

I purchased the  HIS iPower IceQ X² H290XQM4GD Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 early last month. Picked this card not because of the warranty or cost as a matter a fact the warranty is one of the worse I’ve seen

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

When reading and doing my research on the 290x most of the 1st or maybe even 2nd batch of GPUs pressed had major issues with over heating or plain just black screening or not working out of the box. Maybe not all but let me tell you if you do a google search on this matter there are millions of hits.
I prefer using XFX manufactured video card because they give limited lifetime warranties on all their GPU’s.
Unfortunately not only did they average about $75-$120 more they also had a whole lot of reviews stating that the cards were doing exactly what I said earlier. It wasn’t just XFX with these issues almost every manufacturer were using AMD’s  reference build.

The HIS doesn’t match AMD’s reference at all which is good because it stays cool and has heat pipes unlike the AMD reference cards that all other manufacturers used. So running this stock and even a little OC is good to go. There’s a catch here the card should be set to Uber mode at all times. Will explain later

Now for the bad it’s not AMD’s reference design therefore if you want to use your water cooling block on it it’s not going to fit because it’s not reference. I’m sure at some point someone will release one to fit it. May be one is already out there now but until then your old skool HSF.
The cards have dual BIOs and a switch on the side of the video card to either use Standard they call it silent mode or switch the tiny switch the opposite way on the video card and you get uber mode. It comes set on silent after about 15 minutes of stress testing it using Wolfenstein New Order at complete max detail  and also Watch Dogs set at max these 2 games will use up to 3-4gb of vram when textures and shadows are set at ultra. On silent mode graphics corruption started appearing within 15-20 minutes of game play Watch Dogs. Sweating it out a bit at this point restarted PC and then disabled any apps or services not needed. Started new Wolfenstein after 10 minutes or less the whole PC locked up. I repeated this process twice once with WHQL drivers and the beta drivers. Pretty much same issues with both drivers.

You can flip the switch on the AMD r290x while PC is on just have to restart PC after for it to change to uber mode. Once in Uber mode all issues were resolved.

I also did have some issues with hardware due to lightning strike some parts still came back working showing no errrors While Geforce GPU,Mainboard and HDD went down which were all RMAd.

What i’m saying is take my experience with the r290x with a grain of salt. It’s completely possible one of my components could be the reason why I had this issue.

AMD’s Mantle API to be pretty cool. It directly accesses the GPU unlike DirectX 11.2 and under. Now DirectX12 that will probably change i’m sure M$ doesn’t like being behind in the PC games race. Direct access to GPU means that games can be developed almost like a console where it only processes games nothing else. Not quite that good in Windows environment but gives ya an idea what Mantle is all about.

Also interested in Mantle because of SteamOS which is Linux Kernel based which means OpenGL and Mantle will be what will power a true 100% PC gaming machine then it will be like programming for consoles it will use 100% of PC hardware dedicated to nothing else but the game your playing. We all know DirectX will never be on any other OS than Windows OS.

I really do prefer AMD over Nvidia but when it comes to gaming i’ll always buy the video card I like best weather it’s Nvidia or AMD.
Nvidia refuses to just open up PhysX for every type of hardware. And they can do this but instead they lock it down. AMD’s TressFX is open for everyone to use. Nvidia won’t even allow you to use your Graphics card as a dedicated PhysX card if your using an AMD graphics card.
AMD pretty much left Mantle open for use. Nvidia even has made claims that Geforce cards can use Mantle.

I sold a brand new EVGA Geforce GTX 770 SC edition on Amazon.

Opened a seller account a few weeks ago. The video card sold in a weeks time the card was mailed within the 3 days your given to mail or the sale is forfeit.

Sent out on a Thursday with Insurance & tracking arrived to buyers home that Saturday. Amazon wouldn’t allow me to adjust the shipping charge from the $5.95 they have set shipping a video card is heavy so it costs $15.90 that was the cheapest rate I could get.

So I ate $10 now instead of getting what I wanted for the card i’m already $10 and change down.

Then Amazon instantly takes their $23 for using their site for my sale.  Now i’m $33 and change down..Anger is growing as I type!!! arghhhh!!!And the rest of the money which is mine I don’t fucking get for 21 FUCKING DAYS!!!! I’m outraged if I lived by there I would of been in that office with my headball bat cracking fucking desks and computers.

I email them a nice letter only to be told well if you want your money faster and be able to change your shipping charges you can pay us another $40!

In the end it’s my fault I should of read their seller information more deeply. As mad as I am it’s also my own fault for not reading the TOS.

Had to go to see practitioner

Posted: September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

The withdrawals were so bad the pain and anguish were unbearable. I’m being sedated for awhile till i’m clean.
It’s soo terrible I wouldn’t wish it on my worse enemy. Well if I had any.
Really got myself into some trouble this time that isn’t going to just go away:-( Very depressed hard to imagine it hurts so bad it’s like I felt when my mother died but it’s for a inanimate drug.

I’m so fucking sick to even compare it but it’s exactly how I feel. I’m feeling a deep loss of something that’s done nothing but ruin me and control me.

For the 1st time in 12 years I accept and admit “I’m a dirty junkie”

Decided to type out how I feel. Because it’s hard to say out loud it cuts to deep. It’s like letting it out without the pain and sadness.

Been to long.

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Just think it all started when I was 26 broke my hand on some assholes face my love for opioids began. Then later broke my foot on some other assholes face got Percocet instead of Vicodin for that.
Then discovered these level me out I don’t need to drink any more,. I was tired of being a sloppy hateful drunk.

I’ve been opiate dependent for over 12 years now. I’ve been high for almost as long as my sons been born.

Thinking back I started drinking and smoking pot at 12. Can’t think of a time in my life I wasn’t using some kind of drug.

Now I fear this sickness will go to my children they’ve found me Overdosing picking me up off the floor from falling out of my chair laughing at me because I can’t keep my face out of my dinner plate.  I’ll never be like those junkies! First I only eat pills then that’s not enough I snort em soon that’s not enough I shoot that shit in my veins and make believe i’m better than them other junkies because I keep my ritual clean. I’m a FAKE & FRAUD and a LIAR.

They say being sober brings clarity never thought it hurt.

FUCK, FUCK I HATE MYSELF!

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Finally went to sleep around 3 or 4 up at 6:30. My legs ache to the bone I really wish I were dead. Don’t know how much longer i’m going to last.

Now I know why Cobain blew his brains out.

It’s broken me physically and now the strain  on my mind is being stretched I don’t want to break..

Day 8 barely 6 hours sleep total. Not even xanex can put me down. My whole body is wrything in pain. I’ve never experienced this type of torture. I’m in hell always believed I was tough. Will it ever end? I can’t bear this much longer. I wish I were dead. Downed bottle of zquil another xanex I just want it to give me reprieve for just 4 hours.

Few weeks back my main PC dumped on me. And did so taking more than 1 component.
I’m pretty sure I narrowed it down to lightning.
The last time it worked was before the storm which caused multiple outages.

The Motherboard ,Video Card & main HDD “Seagate 1TB Hard Drive”.
Luckily the computer is 14 months old and the Hard drive has 5 year warranty, EVGA gives a 3year warranty for their video cards and the ASUS Mainboard also offers 3 years.

Seagate offered the best RMA it offers an advanced RMA option which costs $9.95 and they send the replacement 2-day shipping and arrives with the box and a pre-paid shipping sticker for UPS.
Went ahead and tried to recover as much as I could from the bad HDD and mailed it back to Seagate today July Saturday the 26th 2014. I ended up recovering about 80% more than I hoped for.

The Video card was mailed out to EVGA using USPS- US Postal Service. Which cost me $19.88 to ship they only offered 2 options the cheaper was only $3 less. I wanted the Tracking and Signature verification. I sent a Geforce GTX 680 out not a cheap Vcard.
Turn around time was also good the card arrived on Monday and I had the replacement the next Monday.
EVGA was unable to replace with the same video card 680 and sent me a GeforceGTX 770 Super Clocked. I sent in the GeforceGTX 680 Super Clocked Signature 2 Series Video card.
Immediately I contacted EVGA why would they send me a 770?? Shouldn’t I get the 780?
Well as Warranty states “•Products sent in for RMA will be repaired or replaced with a product deemed to be of equal or greater performance by EVGA if an exact replacement is not available.”

The 770 Super Clocked although costs about $100 less actually performs better than the 680. And it does perform better I am not complaining:-)

ASUS RMA also went smoothly was mailed out same day as the Video Card and arrived Tuesday the day after I got Video card.
PC was down for a total of 12 days not to bad. If it was my only PC it probably would have been harder to get through.

Today I decided to go ahead and use my old Geforce GTX 260 as a dedicated PhysX card. Did some reading prior to making this decision and was a mixed bag of it’s great or it’s not going to add extra frames.

Well I added the 260 as dedicated PhysX.
This is not a good idea if you don’t have good air flow and a full size tower.
Also requires a 1000 Watt or better power supply.
The 260 and 770 use a lot of juice I use a dedicated 500Watt PSU for the 770 and the 260 connects to the main PSU which is $750 Watts.
At idle the 260 runs @ 42c with the GPU/PhysX fan set to 75% at all times. Remember the 260 isn’t being used for any video just PhysX and runs hot.
The 770 runs idle @ 35c GPU fan is always on auto.
In Farenheit 42c=107.2f
35c=95f

In game those temps rise a lot.
260-74c=165.2
770-67c=152.6 that’s a combined temp of 317.8f people cook meals @ 325f.
Not to mention the CPU heat and chipset,Hard Drives and Memory.
Point is don’t bother if you have a mid size case or smaller it would melt down quickly.