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ASUS ROG POSEIDON-GTX780-P-3GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: You should be able to get a 180 to 200 MHz core overclock on this card easily on liquid. Memory should overclock 100 MHz or more. No need to purchase a waterblock if you're planning to liquid cool. Cheaper than a GTX 780 Ti (Is that a pro?). Mine worked out of the box without issues, unlike many AMD cards I've had to RMA lately due to bad luck.

Cons: Even with the overclock, you're not going to get near GTX 780 Ti speeds; you'll probably be more around the original Titan in benchmarks. GPU Tweak utility can overvolt, but it has to be manually set again at reboot; overclocks will stay after a reboot if you select the proper option. GPU Tweak will crash on Windows Vista. (Yes, the little operating system that everyone hates, but I have a few games still to complete that don't run well on Windows 7.) Still more expensive than a reference GTX 780. Liquid cooling helps reduce the temperature, but after half an hour of testing, it still comes in at a warm 56 degrees Celsius. Card is hot to touch even with liquid cooling due to minimal liquid contact with VRMs and memory, which seem to be air cooled. Although I'm unable to verify, some sites state the liquid channel is aluminum which may cause corrosion in mixed metal systems. The diameter of the liquid cooling channel also seems small when you look down into it, which could restrict coolant flow.

Other Thoughts: I was looking for a liquid cooling solution to replace some dying GTX 570 cards I had. Would have loved to get a GTX 780 Ti, but with those being a hundred more than this card, and double that for a waterblock, it wasn't in the budget. Benchmarks show the card, when overclocked, to be slightly faster than two GTX 570 cards in SLI. Heaven 4.0 with max settings at 1920x1200 is hitting 57 fps; the 570 cards were getting around 52 fps. In comparison, a single GTX 670 is getting around 36 fps, or about 64 fps in SLI on my system. It could be better, but about what I expected for the price.

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SAMSUNG S23A950D Black 23
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 120hz Refresh
Three inputs: HDMI, DVI, Displayport
Bright with vivid colors
LED backlight
Interesting Design
Audio jack for passing through HDMI audio
Supports TriDef 3D with Radeon HD3D
Works with Playstation 3 3D
3D glasses allow more light through than Nvidia 3D Vision, allowing for a brighter image
3D depth seems better than Nvidia 3D Vision

Cons: No wall mount options
Bulky base *and* a power brick
Some very slight light bleed toward the botton sides
Glossy screen

Other Thoughts: At first I had mixed feelings about this monitor, I was purposely downsizing from a 27" display to gain 3D and 120hz refresh. I honestly don't see a difference with the higher refresh, and 3D was not supported in Radeon Crossfire mode at the time. On a positive note, my Playstation 3 detected 3D without any issues and looked great. Two weeks later, AMD announced a "preview" release of the Catalyst 12.1 driver set, which has allowed Crossfire to be used in HD3D mode, and now I feel better about my purchase. Some users have mentioned light bleed, and yes, there does appear to be some brighter areas along the bottom sides when viewing a black screen, but if I wasn't looking for them, I would not have noticed. The glossy screen also does tend to reflect some light from your enviornment, but not any worse than any other glossy screen. Compared to an Asus 3D display I was able to use previously, this is much brighter and vivid.

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ASUS G Series G53JW-3DE NoteBook Intel Core i7 740QM (1.73GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast processor and fast graphics chip handle most modern games at full eye candy settings. Runs cool for all the power that's inside, not noticeably noisy with the fans either. Blu-Ray and 3D technology are just icing on the cake.

Cons: Not the best screen, viewing angle needs to be straight on. Viewing with 3D glasses becomes worse as they block light, making it difficult to view screen in bright rooms; 3D works best in a dark enviornment, maybe that's why the have the backlit keyboard?

Nvidia 3D Vision still seems to be a work in progress. Most games have to have some detail minimized or shadows disabled to render properly.

If you're right handed, you will notice some cable clutter where your mouse would be with the AC adapter plug, ethernet jack, and headphone jack occupying the right side. Also, having the optical drive on the left side is also awkward to operate if you're right handed. I doubt these would be complaints if you're left handed though.

No RAID option if you happen to install a second hard drive.

Other Thoughts: For all the goodies that come with the unit, including 3D glasses, a gaming mouse, and backpack, it's hard to turn this down. But things could be improved on. I'm spoiled having had a MacBook screen to look at previously. This one doesn't compare at all, seems to have poor viewing angles and brightness could have been bumped up to help with the 3D. Backlit keyboard is nice, but not as bright as the MacBook either. Keyboard seems a little "flexable", which may bother some peope, but I'm okay with it. It apparently holds two hard drives (haven't cracked it open yet), but you'll need to order the additonal caddy from Asus, it does not come with the laptop. Although case is plastic, I feel the "matte" finish is as easily scratchable as the aluminum on a MacBook, and may show greasy fingerprints even more so.

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Display Name: Keith M.

Date Joined: 11/02/02

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  • First Review: 11/07/07
  • Last Review: 04/10/14
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