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MSI Radeon HD 6450 R6450-MD1GD3/LP 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I'll start from the beginning...I had this card stored away for at least 1.5 years. Originally bought for our old Win XP Pro computer we now no longer have.

The CPU on our newer home built computer is the i5 4440 -3.1 to 3.3 GHz. For months I was just using the Intel 4600 graphics built into the chip.

My wife loves her SIMS 3 games and has almost every game made. She began complaining about some mild occasional lagging when playing her SIMS 3 games. I pulled up a chair next to her while she was playing and sure nuff, I too seen some lagging.

Since I had the MSI card I decided, why not give it a try and see what happens.

I installed the MSI card, went to the BIOS on our Intel DH87MC mobo, made the switch, booted it up and let my wife have at it.

I was surprised. I really didn't think it would do any better than the 4600 Intel graphics, but it did. All the lagging has ceased.

That was approximately 6 to 7 months ago and nothing has changed. It's still remains superior to the Intel 4600 HD graphics, at least for playing the SIMS 3 games.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Have to give credit to MSI. Since the day I installed this card, I've had at least 3 driver updates notices from the supplied MSI Afterburner software. I did the updates each time and this card keeps working very well. MSI does keep you current with the latest drivers.

I CAN'T give any truthful comments as to how it would do with other games, but for SIMS 3, it is superior to the Intel 4600 Graphics.

SYBA USB 3.0 / USB 3.1 Type-C Dock for 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: As I type this I'm the 3rd reviewer. One insinuated the unit seemed a bit on the flimsy side because it's made out of plastic. I don't get that feeling at all. It not some piece of thin easily bent plastic. It feels sturdy but probably wouldn't withstand a hard hammer impact. If you treat it with the proper care as you would any other piece of electronic equipment, then this unit should last for many years.

Another reviewer said it took a little breaking in. Yes, I experienced the same as well. But for me, I like that. A good fit and the drive is secured and doesn't move around. Mine still isn't "broken in" and I hope it never does.

Cons: None!!

Other Thoughts: I've become a fan of SYBA. I bought one of their SATA controller cards as my computer has 8 drives and my Intel mobo only has 5 SATA ports. I've had some stability issues with some other controller cards, but not SYBA. Theirs has been 100% rock solid stable.

So far, I've only used their unit on SSD's and 2.5" HDD drives and I wouldn't hesitate 1 split second purchasing another. I like this one because it's wide open. I personally like this style better than the totally enclosed units so the drive doesn't get overly hot during long data transfer sessions. I even keep a 4" table fan handy to blow air on it when needed.

OK...bottom line. If you are considering buying this drive docking station, do it. Unless you get one that's been damaged during shipment, you will love the SYBA hard disk docking station.

Crucial MX100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought the Crucial 256GB for my wife's Toshiba laptop. I did a fresh install of Win 8.1 Pro and her computer boots in approximately 20 seconds. I have a Samsung 250GB running Win 7 Pro on my desktop and it boots in about 45 seconds. I've had computers since Win 95 and the Crucial 20 second boot time is by far the fastest boot time my eyes have ever witnessed.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Haven't had any problems so far. The area where the SSD is located seems to be cooler to the touch than the Toshiba 500GB HDD it replaced. Her laptop is rarely moved, sits on a cooling pad and stays on virtually 24/7. It's strictly used for entertainment - online gaming, YouTube and watching movies - and it's hooked via a HDMI to our 46" TV in our bedroom with a wireless mouse/keyboard. Being on as much as it is, is the main reason I wanted to replace it with a a SSD.


Tom H.'s Profile

Display Name: Tom H.

Date Joined: 05/02/05

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  • First Review: 02/11/06
  • Last Review: 08/04/15
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