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This review is from: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Works as it should. The UEFI Bios is easy to use and great for overclocking, as well as the ASUS software for overclocking. Plenty of space for cards, lots of room for RAM, lots of SATA for hard drives. Solid board, great company.
Cons: No cons, just a solid board.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I was hesitant to buy this card as it's over the $300 range. The most I've ever spent on a video card was $240, and that was back when the EVGA 460 1GB's had just come out. Seeing how this was the best bang for the buck (via reviews), I took a chance and bought this.
XFX is known for their amazing customer support and warranty, along with build quality, so I chose this brand. The dual fans ensure that it'll stay cooler than other models of the 7950 cards. I was a bit of an Nvidia fanboy, seeing how they have Physx, CUDA, and 3D Vision, but I never really used that anyway. It was time to retire both of my 460's and get something newer without the flaky-ness of SLI or Crossfire.
AMD's drivers aren't as nice as Nvidia's, but they do the job to get the card to run. I had no problems getting it set up to use. I overclock with MSI Afterburner and the card runs even better.
As for performance, this card performs exceptionally well. I run Crysis 2, Battlefield 3, and Metro 2033 on the highest settings with a 24" 1920x1200 monitor. No framerate issues, no stuttering, no lag, no overheating. The fans don't get too loud (then again, I'm used to two 460's in SLI and wearing a headset). I can't wait for the price to drop on these in the future so I can pick up another one for Crossfire when the time comes.
As an added bonus, I love how the card itself looks. White/silver case with red stripe on the top. It looks lovely in my Corsair 600D White.
PS: Don't forget XFX's Double Lifetime Warranty. That means you can sell your card in the future and whoever buys it also has a lifetime warranty - that's a great selling feature.
Cons: Lacks Nvidia's features such as Physx, CUDA, and 3D Vision, but rarely any games use Physx and Cuda and my monitor can't do 3D.
So really, there are no cons.
Other Thoughts: The 3 games it came with were Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Nexuiz, and Dirt: Showdown. I don't play these games, but I was able to activate them all on Steam and add value to my account.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
Pros: When building my very first rig last year, I had realized I would need a new power supply for my ATI 5770 when I had originally planned to use my old one, not knowing it was only 350w. Thankfully, the Black Friday sales were on Newegg and this was listed for $99. I'm talking about a 1000w, semi-modular, 5-star customer rated power supply for $99 from a brand that is well respected. I couldn't miss this chance so I jumped right on it. My parents were like, "1000w? You're paying the electric bill." I told them it isn't ALWAYS using 1000w, but I knew they were joking ;)
It's been 14 months since then and this is still kicking after upgrading to two EVGA GTX 460's in SLI with an overclocked i7 930. It's the quietest thing in my PC, aside from the things that don't use a fan. I doubt I'm even using it to it's full potential, but upgrading costs too much! I'll stick with this for quite a while. I've also noticed the price is down to $120. If this is a sale, you'd best be getting it.
Cons: There are only a few things I can really complain about. One, the 8-pin motherboard cable is too short to reach behind my motherboard on over the top and back down in my CM 690 II Adv case, which isn't a very large case. This ruins the cable-free environment I've tried ever-so-hard to accomplish. Oh well, you can barely see it under my cooler and two 460's. Two, the sleeving. It came undone on the 24-pin cable, but a black zip tie is keeping it on. Sadly, the sleeving almost does nothing, you can clearly see the assorted colored cables underneath, assimilating my completely black/red theme. Also, that giant sticker listing the specifications is a nice touch, but covering the entire top? It would be better on the side. But for a $99 1000w PSU, what can you expect?
A shorted version:
-Needs better cable sleeving, both quality and looks
-8-pin power cable too short
-Giant sticker doesn't help it's looks, move it someplace else or just get rid of it.
Other Thoughts: I've read on the other reviews that the PSU stays on after turning the computer off. This is true, but that's the "Continuous 40* C" fan doing it's job. Eventually, it will turn off once it's cooled down. If you don't want to wait that long or your PC is in your room and the blue LEDS are too bright when you're trying to sleep, simply pressing the switch at the back of the PSU to the OFF side will turn it off completely.
I'd recommend it for a cheap 1000w PSU. It's a great buy.