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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 DirectX 11 11179-09 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Supports DX11, Crossfire, Eyefinity, and I guess it has fairly good performance.

Cons: Not as amazing as I hoped, and ultimately was torpedoed by the infamous "Black Screen of Death."

Other Thoughts: So I wanted a video card upgrade to my system which would produce performance superior to my old gtx 260. Reviews seemed overwhelmingly positive for these cards, so I figured I'd get two of them and put them in Crossfire mode. Surely, I thought, that would give me a boost.

Well, it did, kind of. I noticed a wider range of graphical effects and everything looked a lot nicer as a result. However, frame rate didn't seem to be much better, despite these cards supposedly being twice as fast as the 260 in terms of clock speed. Maybe that's because of the additional special effects that this card could use thanks to DX11, but it was kind of disappointing.

What was really disappointing, though, was when the screen would turn black after booting to desktop. At first the problem would clear when I hard restarted the system, but then it got worse and the system would immediately show a black screen and go unresponsive mere moments after loading up Windows. After some research on the Internet, I discovered that this "Black Screen of Death" is actually a well known problem with this video card thanks to a flaw in its manufacture. So, I surmise that one or both of the cards I received had this problem, was returned by its user for that issue, was "refurbished," then I happened to purchase it some time later. Great.

The real kicker here is that apparently, since it's a refurbished product, it's not currently available for a return and refund. So, basically I bought two expensive paperweights that I can't simply send back so I can get something else that's better and works. I have to mess around with the manufacturer, who in all likelihood will send me cards that will also have the Black Screen issue (if my luck holds, anyway).

I am never buying a refurbished product from this store again. As for you the reader, don't take a chance on these things. Stay away and get something that's new.

MASSCOOL SYTRIN Kuformula SHF1 Ultra HDD Cooler – BK
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Pretty nice product 03/04/2010

This review is from: MASSCOOL SYTRIN Kuformula SHF1 Ultra HDD Cooler – BK

Pros: Serves as a great way to mount your hard drive in a 5.25 bay, give your hard drive a large heat sink, cool it down with increased air flow over the drive. It even has mounting options for additional fans, so you could put something like an 80mm fan right over the drive.

Cons: The cables for the two fans are too short, and the grill doesn't do much to keep out dust. Plastic fasteners don't fasten very well.

Other Thoughts: MASSCOOL's marketing slogans could use a LOT of work.

AeroCool Touch 2000 Controller, Panel
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Poor Workmanship 01/25/2010

This review is from: AeroCool Touch 2000 Controller, Panel

Pros: Looks nice, temperature monitoring seems accurate.

Cons: I went through TWO of these things and they both had the same problem: The #2 fan monitor was displaying random speeds, and the #4 fan monitor displayed no speed at all, even though there was clearly a fan connected to it. I even tried connecting different fans, but it was no good.

Other Thoughts: Don't gamble on this product. It may look pretty cool, but chances are very high that you'll get a defective product. It's a shame, too, because it looks awesome.


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Display Name: Corbett O.

Date Joined: 05/14/08

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  • Last Review: 01/15/13
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