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Pros: Upgrading from a HD6970 & HD6950 crossfire setup, I get better fps at a much lower power consumption and heat dissipation. Most the games I play are maxed out, with over 80fps. Best part is when it's idle, no sound whatsoever. What else is there to be said? It's a powerhouse that will last me next 3-5 years till the next upgrade. The free backplate was also quite intriguing in my decision.
Cons: Only quirk i hope will get fixed is when my displays go to sleep/turn off after inactivity my third monitor windows get reset to the middle monitor. I won't deduct a egg for this, since most products got a few quirks at release, I just hope they fix it.
Other Thoughts: Really wanted the FTW version, but missed it by a few hours when I didn't order in the morning. Just couldn't wait anymore after 3 days of being out of stock. Don't forget to download the EVGA Precisionx 16 software, when you decide to overclock this beast.
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This review is from: Silicon Power Blaze B10 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF3B10V1B
Pros: Reached advertised speeds using crystaldisk benchmark tests and price was great as well.
Cons: ABSOLUTE Garbage, after my initial test the day it arrived it sat in a draw with 5 other usb flash drives for 22 days, and today when I went to try store 20gbs of files over it, it wouldn't even show up in windows. Tried 2 other desktops and 1 notebook, with no sign of life. I have usbs back from 2001, still working as great as day 1, but this is complete garbage.
Other Thoughts: Only purchased this brand cause I have their Silicon Power Touch 830 16gb 2.0 usb flash drive and that was working wonderfully.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This NB is great price value for performance. I play quite graphic intensive games, so i need something to bring along with me on my trip. This NB was the perfect fit for what i required.
*Runs BFBC, APB, COD, and some other games i play on Medium settings, and pulling good 60fps. Major actions scenes it goes down to about 45fps.
*The textured lid and palm rest are great to not see the fingerprints, but you still notice the hand prints due to oil residue on your hands.
*Chiclet keyboard is a nice touch, the speakers are also clear and loud.
*The 1366x768 screen resolution is also vivid, and clear.
*Notebook weight is also very well distributed throughout, well balanced.
*The quality feels quite solid, no give at all in any of the areas, and seems to have been put together quite well.
*Battery life is alright considering i use it for gaming.
Cons: These are not really cons, but just me nitpicking at some of the specs.
*there is no physical eject button for the dvd drive, instead there is a hotkey on top of the keyboard for the eject.
*You will need to keep the S-bar or some of the features will not function properly.
*Bloatware was quite minimal considering what i had seen in the past.
*If you decide to combine the 2 partition into 1 again, be sure to use the MSI BurnRecovery program first to make a Recovery DVD if you need it later on. That program will not function or start up if you have already combined the two partitions or renamed them. MSI has already made a 10gb partition with the recovery, but make a physical copy just incase for the worst case scenario.
*The NB does run quite warm or hot, when you game with it, The left side of the palm rest gets warm, and the keyboard on top of the exhaust fan does get warm-hot. GPU hits about 75C when i gamed for about 10mins with it.
Other Thoughts: Just thought i would give some insight on this NB, since no one else has.
**Note** Before playing any games with this fully update windows, and make sure to update the Nvidia and intel graphics drivers, the gpu will not work properly in some games if you don't. I was getting 10 fps before the update and hitting 60fps after the update on same settings.
*Get a notebook fan cooler if you plan to play games on this long term.