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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: These would have been nice drives, 5 years ago.

Cons: Hot, loud and completely obsolete. SSDs cost less per GB and are about 3x as fast. Modern green drives are almost as fast. Too small to justify the power consumption.

Other Thoughts: I have two handfuls of these from some servers I inherited at work. I can't find any real use for them. They vibrate and pull about twice the power of a 4TB drive, and they aren't noticeably faster.

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HooToo® HT-PC003 Internal 19-Pin Motherboard Female Header to SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Female 2-Port Slot Plate Cable Adapter (1.5 feet long)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Plug and bracket fit as they should. Device works as intended. Arrived in 3 days. I will probably buy more of these.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This device connects to standard motherboard internal USB 3.0 connector (19-pin, sometimes called 20-pin, but one in the middle is missing) and provides 2 USB 3.0 ports in an expansion slot, typically in the rear of the PC. It is an easy way to add 2 USB 3.0 ports on cheap or old computer cases lacking front USB 3.0, where the motherboard connector is not being used.

This is worthwhile even when only USB 2.0 devices are in use. First, USB 2.0 devices achieve better throughput when plugged into a USB 3.0 port. Second, most motherboards have only 2 independent USB 2.0 controllers, and bandwidth is shared among devices on the same controller. A single USB 3.0 controller adds 5 times the combined bandwidth of the 2 USB 2.0 controllers. This can make a huge difference when multiple devices are connected and used simultaneously.

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MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small card, runs cool and quiet under normal conditions. Performance is as expected at stock speeds and better with modest overclock. Most games are very playable at high quality settings.

Cons: Fan starts to be noticeable around 50% and loud around 70%. Happily it doesn't usually get that high under normal gaming conditions. It's really only synthetic benchmarks that push it to those levels.

I despise rebates but I did send this one in, gritting my teeth the whole time. This card is only a good value if the rebate comes through.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card for my computer at work for Friday afternoon Starcraft 2 melees. This card plays the game nicely at High settings. It gets a little laggy at Ultra settings.

Mine OCs to 1100/1250, about 10%. I used the Sapphire Trixx utility to bump core voltage from 1200 to 1250 because the manufacturer's AfterBurner adjust voltage.

The 7770 is about as low as I'd go for an entry level gaming card. For about a c-note you can play most games at decent settings.

I also own 7870 and 7970 GHz Editions. The 7870 is very nearly twice as powerful as this 7770 and is a worthwhile step up for some games. The 7970 is close to three times the 7770, but relative to the 7870 is not a huge upgrade (and costs about twice as much).

I generally ignore rebates and don't mention them, but nearly every video card deal involves a rebate and it's 25% of the purchase price in this case. It's not a good deal if they stiff you on the rebate. As a prospective buyer, I want to know if a company has a bad reputation with rebates. Biostar and Xigmatek, for example. Yeah I went there.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 05/14/02

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 03/15/12
  • Last Review: 07/01/13
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