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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity     (100315L )
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is a very quiet card. When fan is below 36% it barely can be heard. Fan is 24-26% at idle. With typical gaming fan is around 50% and it's reasonably quiet.

Cons: They could make some fan control utility like MSI does.

With default settings I expect fan to be at ~40% or more during blu-ray playback in summer when ambient temperature is around 26C. This will be noticeable for quiet PC enthusiasts.

It is not a big con since fan control is still possible and default fan behavior is good for most people. With ambient temp 22C fan is ~%36 during blu-ray and it's OK.

Other Thoughts: I won't tell if you will be astonished when upgrading from GeForce FX 5800 or not.

What is important is that Sapphire did very good job in designing efficient and quiet cooling system for 6850 chip. And this is not even Vapor-X.

No problems with this card so far, refer to Silent PC reviews video card forum and AVSForum for more information.

Rosewill RCR-IM5001 - 75-in-1 Internal Card Reader Hub - 3 x USB 2.0 Ports / eSATA Port / Extra Silver Face Plate / Molex Power Cable - Fits 3.5” Drive Slot
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reads everything including but not limited to latest Olympus xD M+, Sony MS Pro Duo, and micro SDHC, M2 without adapter. Good speed.

Cons: note

Other Thoughts: Reading of micro SDHC (TransFlash), Sony M2 without adapter and eSATA port are the key selling points of this unit.

All works well for me under Windows XP SP3 32-bit. I don't believe there should be a driver need for 64 bit OS. Flash card reader interface is pretty standard.

Haven't tried 5 volt power. Might be a good bonus freeing a power outlet when charging something portable. Would be nice if Rosewill included a list of compatible devices.

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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good product, does its job 06/09/2009


Pros: Significantly reduces HDD noise

Cons: Does not silence loud drives completely (but probably nothing will)

Other Thoughts: I suspended two of these in bottom chamber of Antec P182. Used StretchMagic. If hard-mounted the drives would be a bit louder.

HDD temperatures did not increase with these, stayed around 32-33 C. There has to be some airflow for temperature to be in this range. I had low speed 120 mm fan mounted in front of them.


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Display Name: Mikhail C.

Date Joined: 01/23/07

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  • First Review: 03/10/07
  • Last Review: 08/05/15
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