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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X OC EDITION
Pros: The Maxwell architecture and the GTX 970 have gotten alot of good press lately, and my experience pretty much bears that out. I selected a Gigabyte Card 1) because I like their build quality and 2) because NewEgg got in a shipment and I was able to grab one of them.
I purchased this as a GPU upgrade for a 4 year old Phenom II X4 955 system (running at its factory 3.2 GHz) that is attached to a 60Hz 1080p display. This card may seem like serious overkill for this configuration and a good way to burn money on a hopelessly unbalanced configuration, but I intend it as the first step of a 3 part upgrade. Also, with the low 145W power consumption, I figured I could get away without upgrading my 500W power supply.
Anyway, this particular upgrade is working really well. Despite being saddled with a relatively slow processor and being installed in a motherboard that only supports PCI Express 2.0, the card can drive pretty much every game I own at my monitor's full resolution and refresh rate with all eye candy enabled and all settings maxed out. I also use the card for RAW camera image processing with DXO Optics, and I can now process a 16 megapixel file every 10 seconds or so.
Cons: None found.
Other Thoughts: This a a big card. In my case (an Antec 300 gaming midtower) there's about a 4 cm to 5 cm gap between the back of my full-sized ATX motherboard and the HDD cages, and the GPU barely fits.
According to the Windows 7 "Experience" built-in benchmark, upgrading from a Radeon HD6850 to this card only bumped my graphics from 7.7 to 7.9. This is clearly absurd.
This review is from: Arctic Coooling S113BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker-Black
Pros: Good sound. Build quality appears good. Favorable price compared to equivalent products from traditional audio equipment vendors.
Cons: Automatically goes into unauthenticated discovery mode when powered on. Doesn't bother me, but might annoy a security purist.
Other Thoughts: Yes, this is the same "Arctic" that we all know for CPU and case cooling. Interesting.
Also functions as a wired USB speaker.
Does not included a wall charger. and povided Microusb cable is pretty short. However, I assume the type of customer who knows this name and orders from them has a shelf full of these items somewhere, so I do not list either as a disadvantage.
This review is from: CORSAIR Survivor 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSV3-16GB
Pros: Read and write speeds are in line with what is claimed, which means this is kind of pokey for a USB 3.0 flash drive. However, the construction appears to be as solid as claimed. I use it as an encrypted TrueCrypt volume, and performance is adequate for this purpose.
Cons: No attachment point for a lanyard or keychain. However, this device is significantly bigger than a standard UFD, and it doesn't really need a lanyard or fob to "stay found."
Other Thoughts: Purchased as an "off site backup device" that lives with the loose change in my car. So far, it has tolerated the vibration and temperature extremes of this environment just fine.READ FULL REVIEW