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  1. MaxAwesome

    How common is the black screen issue on the R9 290 series? Just happened to me last night.

    I've had my reference ASUS R9 290 card for about a month and only had w black screens last night. It was fine for a month. I will have to test it with some looping benchmarks later, but for now I just wanted to know how common it is.
  2. MaxAwesome

    Best air cooler for LGA 1155 without backplate.

    Thanks guys, I see that using a backplate is the way to go :) Still, could anyone point me to a few coolers that don't need a backplate so I can research them to see if they're better than my TX3? I really don't know what to look for, because I haven't researched coolers ever since I bought my...
  3. MaxAwesome

    Best air cooler for LGA 1155 without backplate.

    Hi guys, Currently, my 2600k is being cooled by Cooler Master TX3 with double fans. It's a nice little cooler, but with it I can only OC until around 4.6ghz, beyond that the temps completely overwhelm the cooler and the CPU starts to throttle. I'm looking for a new CPU cooler, that can help me...
  4. MaxAwesome

    the old farts club

    Turned 30 last march 19th. I don't feel like 30 at all. I know 30 is that big number when you're no longer a "youth", and you're supposed to an adult about all things... but... it just didn't happen, I'm still the same kid I was 10 years ago :/
  5. MaxAwesome

    R9 290 owners: Is my R9 290 within the normal 3dmark11 scores? (Stock Graphics Score only)

    I don't know, 3dmark.com's score don't seem to be trustworthy (I see supposedly stock clocks scoring way higher than me, and I can't tell if it's erratic clock reporting of if my card is under-performing.) I'd feel more reassured if someone could run their card at stock for me... I'd really be...
  6. MaxAwesome

    R9 290 owners: Is my R9 290 within the normal 3dmark11 scores? (Stock Graphics Score only)

    after comparing them with the overclocked results (also in the 16k range), I assume that those who scored 16k @ stock clocks on the graphics score, were misreporting the clocks.
  7. MaxAwesome

    R9 290 owners: Is my R9 290 within the normal 3dmark11 scores? (Stock Graphics Score only)

    I'm looking at results from cards running at stock (947mhz) along with my CPU and most of them score 16000+ in graphics department. Mine only scores about 13500, on the graphics department. I'm only searching for valid results, I don't know if that means tat the clocks are correctly reported.
  8. MaxAwesome

    R9 290 owners: Is my R9 290 within the normal 3dmark11 scores? (Stock Graphics Score only)

    Given that the overall (P) 3dmark score varies because of ram speed, CPU, and so on, I'm interested in knowing if my R9 290's graphics score in 3dmark11 is within the normal range. Would someone kindly run the benchmark on the Performance preset and at stock GPU speeds? Here's a 3dmark11 run I...
  9. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    That's pretty good for a GTX 580! :D How did you manage to get the resolution to 1080p? I can't seem to do it.
  10. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    That's tough :/ Can you try to roll-back to the previous WHQL and maybe try it?
  11. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    I'm using the latest 14.4 WHQL and I have ZERO problems on my R9 290!
  12. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    Be sure to try the "Cave" demo as well! I just updated the first post with the link akatitan provided. It's playable and it is huge, with lots to explore!
  13. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    Are those console commands? Where can I enter the console? :)
  14. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    I ran it with Windows 8.1 64. What kind of trouble are you having?
  15. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    I just checked the CPU usage during the tech demo and it's really low. Doesn't seem like the CPU is the limiting factor :) GPU usage is around 100%.
  16. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    My Results: i7 2600k @ stock + Asus R9 290 4GB @ stock (947mhz): I get between 35 and 60 FPS. This is pretty demanding, and it's not even running @ 1080p.
  17. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    Download is done. I will try to run it and post my results :)
  18. MaxAwesome

    Unreal Engine 4 "Elemental" and "Cave" Tech Demos Available for Download! (source: HardOCP)

    just stumbled across this on the hardocp forums. I'm still downloading, so I don't know if it's legit or not, but i'm very curious. Here's a link to the original thread @ hardocp with download link: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1816688 EDIT: It's legit. Most of you will probably get...
  19. MaxAwesome

    Just got an Asus R9 290. Am I OK with a PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot?

    Hello guys, I just bought myself a sweet new GPU. To get my mind clear from worries, am I taking full advantage of the card with a PCI-E 2.0 motherboard? From what i've seen around the web, there is no difference (even with two HD 7970s in Crossfire @ PCI-E 2.0 x8) So I guess if pci-e 2.0 is...
  20. MaxAwesome

    Where can I find older versions of MSI Afterburner?

    I'm looking vor version 2.0 specifically, and I'm having trouble finding it online. Is there a repository of older versions anywhere? the official website only has the latest versions available. Cheers!
  21. MaxAwesome

    ATIFlash won't boot before Windows 8.1 64bit (boot sequence skips the DOS files in the USB Drive)

    Thanks guys :) The method of disconnecting the HDD worked, and the USB drive booted up right away!
  22. MaxAwesome

    ATIFlash won't boot before Windows 8.1 64bit (boot sequence skips the DOS files in the USB Drive)

    Hello guys, PLEASE READ. I think I have done everything right, but I must be missing something... I need to reflash my HD 6950. I have created a bootable DOS flash drive by using HP usb tool versions 2.18 and 2.23, entered the location of the win98 boot files, formatted to FAT32, and after...