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Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150200000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Sound Blaster is the best sound card to own, especially when I pay just sixty bucks.

The software and interface are outstanding. The sound quality is above and beyond. The equalizer is non-distorting and delivers top notch sound tuning. Volume output is much more better, you'll never have to max it.
And the Crystalizer... AMAZING.

I will never go back to onboard sound or any other sound card again.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The Crystalizer changed everything for me. It's the most amazing DSP I've ever experienced. It really does bring the sound of music and movies to a whole new level. Lows are punchier and highs are crisper. It is so wonderful to listen to such beautiful and eloquent sound all the time.

I only wish I could have a Crystalizer in my car!

Xigmatek ASGARD 381 CCC-AD38BT-U03 Black Steel / Plastic / Metal Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is the best mid atx case ever for twenty five bucks that I paid. My system is mainly a performance/gaming machine, and this case fit everything quite well. It is actually quite sturdy, not too flimsy, and has decent build quality. Airflow is more than efficient. Sincerely, impressive Xigmatek.

-Quite spacious
-Quite airy
-Quite efficient filters
-USB 3.0 x 2
-Plenty of fan options

Cons: Could have came with at LEAST ONE fan.

But I buy quiet performance/blue led fans anyway.

Other Thoughts: Newegg is the best. EVER.

Because I went with the free shipping that requires 4 to 7 days...
and I had delivery after TWO DAYS!!!

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought this card primarily to play Crysis 3, to benchmark the performance since Crysis 3 is the best gaming benchmark, to benchmark overclock-ability, and to prepare for BF4 and other visually demanding games.

So far I'm damm impressed. Just running one display at 1080p my avg fps is 50s on Crysis 3 multiplayer. 30s to 40s on campaign. All settings maxed out. AA at smaa 1x.

Other games like BF3, Dead Space 3, Grid 2 and Tomb Raider pretty much run from 50s to 60s fps.

My overclocking results are outstanding: core clock 1150/ memory clock 1500
No voltage change.
Cool performance: Idle temp around 31 degrees. Load temp 60s.
Fan speed kept at a constant 40%.

The Passmark Rating for this card is 4600.
My passmark rating is 4800!

So for the money, this video card will give you justice. It's a nice median being not too high end, not too high priced, yet above mid end gaming. I only run single displays. And I can imagine a Crossfire setup would be near perfect smooth performance at 1080p resolution.

However, my single 7950 will serve me sufficiently and efficiently...
until my next upgrade to the HD 9950.

Cons: The fan noise could be a little bit quieter. I keep mine around 40% since it's the best quiet-to-cooling ratio. When put to 50% or higher it's just too audible.

Otherwise, if noise is not an issue for some, the vapor-x cooling does the job adequately.

Other Thoughts: The "Sapphire" led light up on the housing is a nice touch.


Ian S.'s Profile

Display Name: Ian S.

Date Joined: 10/06/08

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/07/11
  • Last Review: 10/22/13
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