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SAPPHIRE FleX 100352FLEX-2 Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Runs everything I have. Quiet. Awesome overclocker, stays cool.

Cons: Coil whine. V-Sync fixes this. Some say it's a problem that leaves with time. I read somewhere that someone turned off V-Sync and let it sit on the menu of some game where it was getting thousands of frames per second and when he came back in the morning, the whine was gone. It may work--it may not.

Other Thoughts: Currently running at 1200 MHz on the core and 1375 MHz on the memory with 1.2 volts. Idles at 33°C, up to 70°C load. Use Sapphire Trixx if you want to change the voltage. Afterburner will not let you do so.

I don't have 3 monitors yet, so I am currently unable to test the FleX output.

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OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0230 PCI-E 230GB 4 x PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Update to mine from a few months ago 10/07/2012

This review is from: OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0230 PCI-E 230GB 4 x PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Still running strong. Ran a PassMark test and got 455.5 for the sequential read test, but only 167.9 for the sequential write test.

Cons: You will have to download drivers and put them on a flash drive if you intend to install Windows onto the drive. During setup, you'll have to load those drivers to get it recognized. This took me some time to figure out when I first got the drive.

Other Thoughts: 66 GB free of 214. Running with:
3570K at 4.5 GHz
Radeon HD 6770
2x4GB 2000 MHz RAM (could run at 2400, but there's a bit of instability with this motherboard. Games crash after an hour with 2200)

You would probably be better off getting a 240 or 256 GB SATA III. Preferably a Samsung 830, Crucial M4, or Kingston HyperX.

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BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great entry-level z77 motherboard 10/02/2012

This review is from: BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Everything you need; nothing you don't.

Cons: Not many of the features that the more expensive boards have. Get a different one if you plan on overclocking. No LLC. BIOS overclocking voltages are somewhat weird. Make sure you know what you're doing.

Other Thoughts: I bought this and ran a G620 in it until I could save up the money for a 3570K. Now that I have the 3570K, I honestly couldn't be happier. The only problem with this board seems to be that I can't go over 4.5 GHz without getting system errors. My RAM doesn't seem to want to play nice with higher clocks. (G.Skill 2133 MHz, 2x4GB) Changing the timings and speed of the RAM seemed to help a little, but I still couldn't go 24 hours stable. At 4.5, it's stable. As I said before, good entry-level z77 board, but if you plan on overclocking, it may do you some good to spend a bit more on something that can more finely tune the overclock.

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Display Name: Andrew R.

Date Joined: 04/24/11

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 05/04/11
  • Last Review: 12/23/12
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