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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 380X DirectX 12 AXR9 380X 4GBD5-PPDHV2E 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Myst. Edition Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Seems good so far, well built, pretty much the best for the money (390 is better most of the time, but at 200 this is cutting it close for price/perf) and runs extremely cool and very quiet at the speeds the fan runs.
Like the simple design, and the actual metal shroud placed around the heatpipe/fin array, black and silver always looks good to me (I game, but I hate "gamer" design, its hideous 90% of the time).

Cons: In my haste (first time seeing these at a discount) I failed to realize this had changed specs. It is now PPDHV2E, changed from PPDHE, and it is not displayed on powercolors website. I thought it was a typo on newegg, but it's running at 1002 (really odd clock speed) and 1425 (stock for 380x's) on core/memory out of the box. These are down from 1020 and 1475 respectively.
Was kinda angry (at self mostly), but now that I've started overclocking it to see the limits, it seems to do similar if not the same as other cards being reviewed (1100 on core, 1500-1600 on memory). I don't know if anything was changed, or this has a lower bin or something, or maybe they were just having issues running at the clocks they had set, IDK.
Anyways, little slower, but nothing a OC suite can't change instantaneously.
Also, voltage locked, which I knew, so not a con, just something.

Other Thoughts: Switched from a nvidia 660ti (not starting a war, I've purchased both countless times), and was just gonna say to be sure to run a driver sweeping program of sorts to clean out the registry and whatnot.
I uninstalled all nvidia programs, then the drivers, then reset into safe mode and ran the driver cleaner (I used DDU, seems like it gets updated). Rebooted, installed latest amd drivers and was off and running.
Hoping crimson marks a near end to AMD driver issues (I had issues with my 660 at times too, especially with resolution control and multimonitor issues).

Should be a good placeholder card till next year or so.

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Samsung 32
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic 11/24/2013

This review is from: Samsung 32" Class 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV - UN32F5500AFXZA

Pros: If you get the right panel these are magical. Such an upgrade over my 2 year old sony. I rushed out to buy one as the models with the samsung panels either seem to be drying up, or are being relabeled with a new version that can't be figured out. I bought from a brick store as you can't check the version number online, but as there seems to be new labels coming out, no one really knows what will be inside.

Now back to the tv, mine has the TS 01 panel, and man is it beautiful. The contrast, truly vibrant colors, along with no ghosting whatsoever make this a fabuloust 32 inch unit. I prefered it to the 40 with it's higher pixel density, and since I only use it for my ps3 that i play 4 feet away from, its a non issue.

Cons: Sucks that you might have to gamble. I understand why they would use sharp, and chi mei panels (they simply can't make enough themselves) but when I buy a samsung tv I want it to be a guaranteed samsung panel, and sadly this is not the case.

But seriously, this seems to be a bigger issue these days, because when it comes down to it, the panel is basically all that you are paying for, and frankly I would rather have a guaranteed quality panel than any of the smart tv junk, I just want a GUARANTEED good screen.

Is that really so much to ask?

There were new boxes for this model at the store i bought it from, they were labeled UD03 i believe, while there were only 2 remaining boxes of the old TS01.

Other Thoughts: Frankly I dunno If i will buy tvs online again, I feel like i need to see the serial number to make sure i'm not getting the bait and switch.

And frankly it makes me wonder if they use the good panels for display models, and then sell the lower quality panel units to the unknowing customer.

Def something to think about.

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ZyXEL Wireless AC HD Media/ Gaming Router-1750Mbps, Gigabit, Dual-Band, StreamBoost traffic shaping (NBG6716)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Pretty fast all around speeds with this unit.
Very simple interface, which isn't as attractive as say an Asus gui, but it definitely gets the job done. Expert modes gives you pretty much every thing you need access too, this is nice coming from featureless routers. Really like the live updates of traffic on the network with the provided map, really nifty if you needed to limit some traffic from a certain source, or provide a boost in another area.
Speaking of features, this one has them in spades. It pretty much does everything you could want a modern router to do, sans a few of the fancy custom things you can do with other units (large communities mean custom everything). The media sharing is simple, with the provided usb ports on the side (I would have preferred an additional on the back).

Cons: If this unit isn't on sale I would say the 250 msrp is rather unreasonable. I bought it primarily for the bundle with the cable modem, and it was 50 off, so I feel like it wasn't a bad deal.
The antennas aren't external, this was almost a dealbreaker for me when i was looking at it, but then I figured I won't be living in any Mcmansions any time soon, so the reasonable good coverage would suffice. Don't get me wrong, it's maxing my cable connection (only 50d/10u) from most places in the house, but the 5ghz band does seem to show some weakness, while the 2.4 is really solid throughout our 1600sq foot house.

Other Thoughts: The design is pretty lame, but it will sit under a desk so this doesn't concern me, nor would it ever really concern me, but its something to consider if you do display it. The affixed stand is also bothersome if you had other plans for its placement. The leds seem nice, but they don't have anything explaining what they are ( I liked this fact, clean, but may confuse grandma).
Also, in all the spec sheets I couldn't find how much memory it had, just that it had a dual core 800mhz cpu.

Dunno if i would reccomend this to a friend, I really doubt it will catch on in either the mainstream or enthusiast markets, but it really isn't bad at all. I had never really heard of Zyxel, but their background is basically wireless technology, so it really isn't much of a gamble with quality as you may think, their design is just uninspired.

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