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SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: great performance for the money, runs just about everything you throw at it at high-ultra settings. relatively low noise and power requirements. solid jump in performance from the 5870 it replaced.

Cons: occasional driver issues that are remedied around the launch of the game that has the issues, for example, Batman Arkham origins had major performance bugs halfway through the game that required the newest beta drivers. Also, if you have a large monitor you'll have to tweak some settings to make the image fill the screen. the new drivers come with the raptr optimizer which so far is little more than a tray icon that i instantly disabled.

Other Thoughts: never could afford two of these things so i can't speak to crossfire performance but single card performance has been great for almost 2 years and only some games with specifically taxing settings (witcher 2's uber sampling for example) caused the card to have any pause

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) - Download
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: still faster than windows 7 and less of a system hog. some great useful features that speed up navigation. can be customized to look just like windows 7 if you want that kind of thing

Cons: still strongly geared towards touch screen navigation, which is great if you have a touch screen, but I do not. update acts more like a clean install if you're coming from 8.1 preview.

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SYBA SY-SWI31028 3 x 1 Compact High Performance HDMI Switch Supports 1080p Display and Dolby Audi
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: none

Cons: didn't work, feels incredibly cheap.

Other Thoughts: got this for christmas but did not get around to trying it out until this week when i moved. I tried to have my pc, wii u and xbox 360 all plugged in to my 27 inch 1080p monitor which only has 1 hdmi port. well once i plugged everything in, nothing happened. the light would flicker for a second and then nothing. kinda bummed since i've had other switches that worked just fine.

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Matthew S.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 04/29/06

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/02/12
  • Last Review: 10/31/13
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