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SAMSUNG S24A450BW-1 Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great picture quality; built-in viewing angle compensator options mitigate a lot of the disadvantages of LCD screens over the costlier and less efficient plasma tech; screen response tests out as advertised: more than fast enough for any video or game viewable by a human; panel itself is very strongly built without being too heavy. 16:10 resolutions also a huge plus. 16:9 just does not get the job done. Also passed all pixel tests, and continues to three months of near constant use later.

Cons: Can't use viewing angle compensators at the same time as picture adjustment (sharpness, contrast, and color, but brightness still works). Software post-processing is required to do both. Stand is not the toughest construction and wobbles if even a sturdy table is bumped.

Other Thoughts: If the stand were just a bit beefier, or the picture controls could be used with the angle controls, I could excuse either one. I would knock off an egg for that, but as far as I've seen no other manufacturer does it any better, making this the best 16:10 LCD monitor available. There are a few things I miss about the old plasma tech, such as viewing angle, but the response time and energy efficiency of them was terrible, making a good LCD a worthwhile trade-off.

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EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Screams through any game I feed it at 1920x1200@60Hz, even maxed out. Hasn't dropped a single frame in Skyrim no matter how many high-res texture mods I stick in it. Haven't been able to destabilize it at all -- if you jack its clock up too far it doesn't crash, just overheats. The few games that use Physx acceleration use it well, and the CUDA architecture distributes processing load better in games that don't. Heat problem has been improved since older models in the series. Certainly won't cook itself like my old GTX 280 did (partly my fault for not cleaning it regularly). Quieter than my 120mm case fans, even under load. Built beefy enough that, while I obviously wouldn't bang it around, I didn't feel like I should be installing it with just my pinky fingers (I'm looking at YOU, AMD).

Cons: Not the broiler that the older GTX cards were, but still runs hot. Not that anyone should be surprised by this. Also expensive. Not that anyone should be surprised by this either.

Other Thoughts: I was eyeing the new (at the time) GTX590, but when I read the benchmarks at Passmark and Overclockersclub I quickly realized that A: this card could handle ANYTHING out there today on a single monitor and B: two of these in a proper SLI is about 20% faster than a 590. The percentage difference is even higher when you OC. Boop. I'm just waiting for the price to drop when the next series eventually comes out before I grab another.

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VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Does what it says, but worth the cost...? 02/28/2012

This review is from: VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card

Pros: Decreases lag spikes, slightly improves ping in games. Decreases CPU load and gives extra FPS on CPU intensive games. Bandwidth manager allows the use of other internet-using programs in the background without causing lag (e.g. bittorrent or browser downloads), also allows lowering priority of other programs to keep them from eating bandwidth that you would rather other programs have. Card's LED casts cool-looking red circle pattern on my power supply. Well-designed and solidly constructed.

Cons: Gains over onboard NIC are tangible, but would I pay $90 to put one of these in another machine? I dunno...

Other Thoughts: If you play twitch shooters online a lot, and lag kills you more often than your own mistakes, then sure, pick up this card. If you already spent a bundle on your gaming rig and think $90 is a small price to pay for maxing out its online potential, sure, pick up this card. But if you just want performance gains, and/or your onboard NIC is a dog, I'm not sure this card can do anything for you that any decent (and much less expensive) PCI NIC couldn't.

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Paden H.'s Profile

Display Name: Paden H.

Date Joined: 01/23/11

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/25/11
  • Last Review: 12/15/12
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