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AMD Gift - Free Sleeping Dogs Coupon
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs 09/12/2012

This review is from: AMD Gift - Free Sleeping Dogs Coupon

Pros: There's no point in reviewing the game here (just Google it) so I'll review the coupon itself. It's a nice sturdy piece of cardboard that came with my 7870. It's very colorful and depicts an exciting action scene on one side. On the other side are easy to understand instructions as well as a notice that the game is rated M for Mature. I added the code to my Steam account and was downloaded and good to go within about an hour. That's about it... it's your standard run-of-the-mill game redemption coupon.

Cons: Not really a con but it adds to Steam as the EU version instead of the US version. The game is region free anyway and this doesn't actually affect anything in the least, but I couldn't think of any real cons.

Other Thoughts: To the guy below, I'm not sure if you are trolling or not so I'll assume for the moment that you aren't. That said, the reason it ripped off is because there is no sticker... it's a scratch off. You just rub it lightly and it comes right off. It sounds like you peeled up the cardboard with the code on it. LOL Nice one. Or nice troll, I can't decide.

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Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I bought two of these hybrids for a RAID0 striped array in my desktop gaming pc. My Steam folder alone is over 500GB and two 512GB SSDs would have been prohibitively expensive at current prices. I created the 1500GB array and Ghosted the data over with the partitions aligned at the 1MB boundary. My initial boot was timed from the BIOS until Steam was running and yielded a 4 minute startup, the same as before installing these hybrids. After Win7 was fully up I used some light apps like Chrome, Steam, and Remote Desktop. Then I rebooted and timed the startup again. This time it was only 60 seconds, a four-fold improvement. The third and fourth boots took only 40 seconds. The fifth boot took only 30 seconds but subsequent reboots did not yield further improvement.

Cons: Obviously these are still much slower overall than a true SSD setup. Also keep in mind that if you are planning to desktop these as I did, be sure to plan ahead with 2.5" mounting kits if you need to. Most modern PC cases like my Lian Li PC-K62 have drive trays that will accept them natively but yours may not.

Other Thoughts: It's yet to be seen how these will perform once I really start gaming heavily on them. That 8GB (16GB in my case) of SSD cache will only go so far. Also for the best burst speeds via the caching, make sure that these are attached to a SATA 6Gb/s controller. Lastly, Newegg seems to have finally learned how to pack hard drives properly. These were double boxed with plenty of bubble wrap, not just thrown randomly into a box with some crumpled paper. Bravo Newegg!

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Dead Island PC Game
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Problem addressed within a couple days 03/17/2012

This review is from: Dead Island PC Game

Pros: It has zombies, and zombies are the "in thing" these days.
It installed just fine from the DVD once I got the activation problem sorted, and the subsequent patching process went quickly. Steam Support is aware of the duplicate key problem with this title and they will not give you a difficult time... once they eventually get back to you.

Cons: As expected the key would not activate. Specifically, it's not that there is a glitch with the keys or with Steam. In fact the keys themselves are perfectly valid. However many (not all) of them have already been activated. It was about 36 hours from the time I submitted the problem ticket to the time when Steam Support added the game to my account. At least they were courteous and helpful, if not prompt.
Also the Facebook integration within the game is broken. It seems like a silly feature anyway but if it doesn't work then why not remove it from the game? I couldn't find a single person who did get it to work although I've heard anecdotal evidence that some people were successful.

Other Thoughts: I've been using Steam since January 2005 and never before had an activation problem. I consider this an isolated incident and I was fully aware when I purchased it that I might have to jump through some hoops. It was a fairly painless process. Also as someone else mentioned, if you are a game collector such as myself and don't want to mark up your booklet then just use a sticky note. Steam Support won't care.

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Display Name: Ronald M.

Date Joined: 08/17/01

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 06/18/04
  • Last Review: 09/12/12
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