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PowerColor AX7870 DEVIL 2GBD5-A2DH Radeon HD 7870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The 7870 may not be the latest thing out there any more, but for those in need for another card for crossfire or just something a little more unique, this is a great version of the 7870. My temps are lower than what the reviewers are getting. OC'd to 1200mhz and staying in the mid-60's. High quality cooler and card. Very slick little card. Great fit in my BF Prodigy.

Cons: Price could be lower, simple research shows that in this price bracket you could get a 760 for the same price and higher performance. I didn't need the best performance for the price since this is not in my primary rig, which is why I went this route.

Other Thoughts: I initially had temps in the low to mid 70's like most reviewers out there, but I just felt the HSF could do better. I removed it, cleaned the stock paste and reapplied new paste and brought temps down nearly 10C inside my Prodigy which doesn't have the best airflow.

If you know what you're buying, you'll be very happy.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Could be a good board, but boot loops and GB CS gives me pause 12/23/2012

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Once it boots though, it works flawlessly. Love the high quality feel.

Cons: My first Gigabyte board in some time may be my last. This board had great reviews, so I decided to finally try something other than Asus and I'm starting to regret my decision. I've tried every BIOS they have for this board yet I get constant boot loops. It's so frustrating to have to struggle with something as simple as booting up my computer. Once I get it going sure it works fine, but I hate that I fear shutting down my computer. I disabled sleep and try to keep my computer running 24/7 just so I won't have to power down and have a nightmare getting it to boot up. I've tried various PSU/RAM/GPU/USB devices, I blamed the MB last while trouble shooting and it just being an expensive mistake.

Other Thoughts: Sadly, it looks like the only way Gigabyte responds to tech support is by writing a negative review. I would have given GB the benefit of the doubt if they'd respond to my email but I guess I have to resort to this to get my board replaced.

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Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1CCA 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Back before FW:0007 they were solid drives. Dependable and fast.

Cons: Ever since the 0007 update, they have developed a horrible sleeping bug. Most people use this drive as a primary drive, so it crashes on them. I use an always dependable Intel SSD as my primary (never had a sleep crash) so I got to see my computer wake up, but Intel RST would tell me drives had been removed. Well sure enough, every time it was my 2 C300's that vanished. Sometimes one, sometimes both at once. Rebooting the computer wouldn't bring them back. You need to do a shutdown and boot back up, the drives come back, no data lost. Sometimes, if my computer was inactive but not in sleep for a while, it would drop the drives without entering sleep mode.
Since sleep mode is vital in modern laptops/desktops, I would not recommend this drive. Sure maybe on paper they are faster than the Intel X25M g2's and 320's i've begun to replace them with, but at least they can handle sleep mode without crashing on me.

Other Thoughts: Don't bother going to the crucial forums for support, your best bet is to avoid 0007 like the plague. The only thing that will happen on the crucial forum is that you and your hardware will be blamed, their mods will act as if you're the first to ever bring up this mysterious problem. Their support forum is laughable, you're only accepted there if you go there to praise them.

I wish Newegg carried more 1.8" drives from Intel (higher capacity) as I want to replace the C300's in my Vaio Z

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Display Name: Amigo H.

Date Joined: 02/03/02

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  • Last Review: 08/12/13
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