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ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very nice board, lots of very nice features. Lots of included extras. Outstanding Asus build quality. The USB Bios Flashback is particularly useful, especially for for Ivy-Bridge owners. I really enjoy the included 9 pin serial bracket they give you with the board, it's not often you get that with new boards.

Cons: The bios load on the boards I received did not support the new Ivy Bridge chips. It took a lot of work and research to get the board to boot with my particular CPU.

Other Thoughts: Gone is the old days where you had to send your board off to get the bios updated for the latest CPUs, or have an older chip laying around to do the update.

If you are having issues with your Ivy-bridge chip with this board, check out the Bios Flashback feature to flash the bios to the latest version with Ivy-bridge support.

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SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very fast. Runs everything at 1920X1080 very smoothly. I have yet to have a game slow down this card. This is only a tiny bit slower than a 4870 X2, and little bit faster than a 5850. Great value for the money. Lots of nice extras included.

Cons: Noise. The cooler on this card is loud. Non-reference design makes this harder to water cool. Needs a lot of power, at least a GOOD 550 Watt Power supply. Some games do not support Crossfire, which will effect this cards performance.
The size of this card might make it a con for some people.

Other Thoughts: At the time this was written, this card is an exceptional value. If you don't care about DX11 or Eyefinity, this is probably the fastest card you can buy, for under $300. This card is loud, but while gaming I hardly notice it.

Make sure you have a well ventilated case for this card, with plenty of exhaust fans. This card does not exhaust the heat out the back of the card, thus trapping the heat in your case.

This card is huge, about 12" long. I have an Antec P180 case, and I had to remove the top HD cage to fit this card in my case.

You will need a decently large power supply, with one 6-pin connector and one 8-pin connector. I am using a decent 550 Watt power supply, and it runs fine (even though the recommended is 650 watts).

I would give this a 4 egg rating for the noise, size and power requirements, but the excellent value makes me give it 5 eggs.

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LINKSYS CM100 Cable Modem with USB and Ethernet Connections Ethernet Port DOCSIS 1.0, DOCSIS 1.1 Certified, DOCSIS 2.0 Certified, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, USB1.1
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works great with most routers. Works on Comcast. Great speeds.

Cons: Will not work with my Buffalo WZR2-G300N Router. I have heard reports of it not working with other routers as well.

Other Thoughts: The modem will not obtain an IP Address from the ISP when connected to the router.

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Nathan R.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathan R.

Date Joined: 09/21/09

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 02/23/10
  • Last Review: 10/04/13
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