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SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, unlocks shaders (wouldn't recommend straight bios flash though)

Lots of stuff in the box!

Cons: No voltage control, only does 40mhz above stock. The TriXX utility is pretty much useless without the voltage control.

Other Thoughts: Unlock it, give it a mild overclock if you want, and don't expect much more. Not to say this is a bad card, but for a brand name I would expect some features like volt modding. I was a bit letdown to find out this specific is NOT on the list of volt mod support on their website.

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AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto Dual-Core 3.3GHz Socket AM3 80W Desktop Processor HDZ560WFGMBOX
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cool

Fast

Unlockable (for me) to a 4-core stable @ 3.7 1.4v - scores 47.5 Gflops in Intel burn test at above speeds.

Cons: Couldn't hit 4ghz, even tried 1.488 vcore still no joy. Oh well.
Unlocking to quad increased my temps on an H50 from 35 load to 50 load. Stock cooler will not unlock this, nuff said.

Other Thoughts: What AMD says about voltages is true on the details page.
Above 1.4v the mhz gain is microscopic, below 1.4 you still will get quite a gain. I've heard some 500 series procs hitting 4.1+ so I was a bit dissapointed unable to get above 3.7 as a 4-core. Still stressing as a dual core, but not expecting above 3.8 as a dual. I'd much rather get an unlock than a high OC.

Didn't increase my frame rates with a Radeon HD5570 upgrading from an Athlon. The 5570 is a slow card but I was thinking I might get a little boost. 6950 on the way to get rid of this bottleneck.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast. Low voltage (1.5v 1333 is hard to find now). Large heat spreader which can be removed. Scores high in Windows Experience Index (which is actually a great tool to find bottlenecks). Overclocks to ~1440 without a hitch. Heat spreaders are still small enough to fit side-by-side. Great price point. Bragging rights.

Cons: CAS 9 is a little slow, but it wasn't falsely advertised or anything so no eggs off. Heat spreaders just might get in the way of a CPU cooler (I had to turn my thermaltake spinQ around to make room).

Other Thoughts: Some quick advice:

Take 10 seconds to examine your case and make sure they will fit.
If you are OCing them, bump up the voltage to 1.6.
they are a great deal, but there's no point in buying 2 unless you are building a workstation or something - 8gb is more than enough.
If you can no longer stably OC your CPU after installing them, check your BIOS. I couldn't OC my CPU at all, turns out my BIOS incorrectly set the timings to 7. set them manually, then set the clock speed manually, and you're good to go. I am now running an increase of 1ghz without a problem.
Don't take off the heat spreaders unless you are installing something better.

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Display Name: Paul S.

Date Joined: 04/12/10

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/16/10
  • Last Review: 03/09/11
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