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MSI R7870 HAWK Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First of all, to start off this review I'd like to state that I am & have been an Intel/Nvidia die-hard fan for the past 7-8 years. Before I chose to get this card I did extensive benchmark research on the 7870 gpu verses other similar cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660/660ti, GTX 480, GTX 570, and even the more expensive & much higher performing GTX 670. This card's gpu (MSI aside) gives me way more "bang-for-my-buck" than any of the Nvidia alternatives - that's why I chose it as a replacement for my dual-SLI EVGA GTX 460's. Eventually I want to go 2x or 3x MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power Editions on a brand new build, but this is good enough for now.

Secondly, I have always loved MSI's air cooling systems on their graphics card - especially the TwinFrozr line. And the included TwinFrozr IV cooling system here is no exception. I get 22-24 degrees C on idle & with all the stress testing, extensive benchmarking, and gaming I've done on it already - I haven't gone above 52 degrees C (48 is average for gaming). Most cards start crashing, blacking out, & BSOD'ing in the low 80's C. Borderlands 1 & 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, BF3, CS:GO, ME3, The Witcher 1 & 2, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, & Diablo 3 are all among those tested since I got it. And all games run smooth at 45fps or better (60+ for most) @ 1920x1080 with almost everything maxed - fyi, I hate enabling Depth of Field. The dust-prevention/dust-removal system on the TwinFrozr line works phenomenal as well :)

Lastly, I've always love MSI's Afterburner utility - even on my 3 different EVGA cards I've owned. Works flawless with a card that's actually made for it! XD

Awesome price for the performance you get! ;)

Came with 2 free Steam-based games that haven't been released yet: BioShock Infinite & Tomb Raider

Cons: Not many people have mobos that can fully utilize PCI-Express 3.0 x16 yet :S

Long card... Fullatx case is highly recommended

Other than that, NONE! :)

Other Thoughts: Put this card on a bit of an older rig w/ the following hardware:
~ Intel Core2 Quad - Q9450 (2.66GHz, OC'd to 3.8GHz)
~ Asus P5N-D mobo w/ Nvidia nForce 750i chipset
~ 8Gb Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800
~ 4Tb of Seagate HDD space
~ ABS 700w modular gaming psu

Have an Intel Core i7-3770k/Asus Maximus V Extreme system too, but that's primarily for extreme overclocking atm

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Logitech G510 Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Disappointed... a KB just for looks 02/07/2012

This review is from: Logitech G510 Keyboard

Pros: ~ Looks awesome (huge fan of the hacker green)
~ Supports all my operating systems - tested and had it working in Windows 7 Ultimate x64, WinXP Pro, Linux Mint 11 x64, Ubuntu, & Debian. Being able to work it in Linux is a HUGE plus for me (even though the software isn't officially supported)
~ Being able to lock out the Windows key is a pretty nice feature as well

Cons: ~ BAD response times playing FPS games in the Win7 Ultimate environment... by BAD, I mean HORRIBLE. It'll sometimes be a 1-3 second delay in pressing movement keys, and sometimes I'll keep running forward in combat when I need to stop. And in some games like Mass Effect 2 & Deus Ex 3, I'll jump over my cover [into incoming fire] like i double-tapped my 'E' sprint key-binding when I know I didn't. It's really annoying & it sucks.
~ Keyboard doesn't have it's own drivers like my old Logitech G15 (the original G15) does. All that it comes with is software for the "cool gaming part" of the keyboard. Logitech is just relying on Microsoft's Windows HID device drivers - my faith in Logitech was just lost because of that

Other Thoughts: Got this one cause it was on sale at the time... seems quite a bit sluggish compared to my old Ideazon Merc Stealth & Razer gaming keyboards - which are super-fast in terms of response, accuracy, & feel. Tried testing it in a bunch of different FPS environments/games like BF3, UT3, Mass Effect 2, Serious Sam 3, and others as well. Even tried a couple things to speed up the response... nothing. Sent back to Newegg & ordering a new Razer gaming kb in the next few days. Was thinking hard about getting one of the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical gaming kb's instead, but got this one cause it was on sale. I didn't spend $100. bucks to get a keyboard that only works for about half of what I want it to. For a keyboard that retails around $120.+ dollars I expect a lot...

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ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Awesome Performance
-Support for both SATA 3Gbps & 6Gbps
-Support for a wide variety of RAID arrays/configs
-Awesome high-frequency memory support & you can go alot higher on OC
-Asus has pretty good support & documentation
-Great software, tho most of it's not needed for me as I'm a manual overclocker

Cons: -No support for PCI-Express revision 2.1 - especially on the x16's (all newer boards should have it)
-Dual SLI only capable of running both cards @ x8...should be x16 for both (Triple SLI is operates normal)
-Horrible placement for the PCI-X x1 slot
-Bad heatsink for south bridge especially - good thing I swapped everything out for watercooling
-Expensive

Other Thoughts: THE BEST Asus [ROG] has to offer
Complete waste of money if you're not a die-hard gamer/overcloker/bencher

**will probably be switching to an EVGA once they come out with a P67 FTW3 or P67 CLASSIFIED edition (if that's before Intel's socket LGA2011's release)**

~ Intel Core i7-2600k SandyBridge (3.4GHz overclocked to 5.6GHz), THIS MOBO, Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3-2000 (oc'd to 2205+MHz), 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SuperClocked editions in SLI, & 1Tb Seagate (data) + 2x 60Gb OCZ Vertex2 SSD's in RAID-0

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Adam W.'s Profile

Display Name: Adam W.

Date Joined: 07/16/06

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  • First Review: 03/04/11
  • Last Review: 02/21/13
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