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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: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid construction

Single card performance is unbeatable

Supposedly scales well

Cons: The driver at release is terrible. The driver date may say Jan 9th, but I've read that it's a rebranded paper launch driver from Dec 22. BF3 seems to work pretty well, but almost every other game I was looking forward to playing does not like tri-fire 7970's.

Other Thoughts: This card is for high end enthusiasts; people who buy the best hardware and expect to max their graphics settings. I had been waiting since last year for a new video card so I could play the assload of games that came out last year at 2560x1600. I ordered three of these cards and they installed fine, but crossfire support is just not there for many of the new AAA games. I might as well only have one of these things plugged in right now. This is unacceptable.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Solid construction, black pcb. Metal heatsinks look even better in real life. My nh-d14 clears them with room to spare. They're cost only a little more than half as much as the similar spec'd corsair 2133Mhz 16GB kit which hasn't been in stock for over a month anywhere anyway. Put them in, selected xmp profile1 and they run at advertised speed and latencies. Absolutely no tweaking.

Cons: None that I can see.

Other Thoughts: I try to stick to the best brands out there like corsair when it comes to memory, but I didn't have any real reason not to give g.skill a fair shot, so I did. So far I'm very happy with this kit. They feel like a solid, well-made product. Like I said, xmp profile1 and runs to spec. However, I am running a Gigabyte UD7, which is listed in this ram's official supported mb list. Shame on corsair for overpricing their 2133Mhz kit and not making it more widely available.

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XFX ProSeries P1-1250-BEFX 1250W ATX12V V2.2 & ESP12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great aesthetics, nice packaging. All cables have black mesh braiding around them. There's a switch to enable/disable hybrid mode which keeps the fan off at < 20% load. I just bought a Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 mb and it has 2 x 8-pin connectors for power and this psu has two slots to plug in an 8-pin cable. However, one of those slots is a 2 x 8-pin pcie plug, so if you want quad-sli/crossfire and own this mb, um, you'll only be able to give your mb 1 x 8-pin power? Pretty sure that would be just fine though. Lots and lots of cables, probably more than any desktop user would need. 11 sata power connectors, 9 molex, a molex to 4-pin fan PWM converter, 2 x 8-pin atx and 8 x 8-pin pcie. I might be forgetting something else, but whatever, look it up. Big solid power rocker on the back.

Cons: If you're putting this on the bottom of your case and you want to suck air up through the bottom opening, you'll have to flip the psu over so the 'xfx' on the back is upside down. I'm fairly ocd about stuff like this but this doesn't bother me.

Other Thoughts: Bought from a site that shares a name with a jungle in south america for a little cheaper.

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Display Name: Nathaniel M.

Date Joined: 01/31/05

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 08/25/10
  • Last Review: 01/18/12
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