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XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A blazing fast GPU that stays relatively cool and consumes low power. Eyefinity would be a plus if I had 2 more monitors. So far I've played most modern games and this card seems to be able to handle maxed out graphics (MW2, Metro2033, Bioshok2, OFP2, Stalker COP, etc. The only game it wasn't able to max out was ARMA2-it would get choppy so I had to lower detail in that game to medium-high. In most games I was getting more than 70fps even in the action parts.

Cons: I bought it back in Oct/Nov when they were constantly selling out but availability seems ok now (especially since fermi came out).
The first card I got was starting to have problems after about a month. I thought it might have been driver related so I waited for the update and the GSOD problem update, but those didn't solve the random game crashing (GSOD) and scintillating green pixels on the desktop and other 2D apps. So, I started a trouble ticket with XFX who promptly gave me some suggestions to trouble shoot. That didn't work so they issued an RMA. Once they got it, they tested immediately, found the problem and sent me a another one (not new but working well) all within 24hrs. I received the replacement within 48hrs. I would have preferred a new one but at least this one works well so far after 4 months. Also, this card is not overclock friendly at least not using ati tools-I haven't tried any other tools but gave up.

Other Thoughts: I probably buy another one soon for xfire, esp. if I can find a good deal on on open box or something.

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ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Solid Board 11/15/2009

This review is from: ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: More overclocking features than you can shake a stick at. Loaded with features and connections (most of which I don't need). Fairly easy install-see cons. Very nice bios features and multiple flash utilities. Widows based OC (I used the bios though). I was able to OC to4.0Ghz ON AIR! easily by just changing fixing the multiplier and clock speed.

Cons: The one big con I had was that the first time I installed everything, it would only recognize 2 of 3 channels of RAM-everything else worked fine. After looking into this more, I found that the processor needs to be lined up just right to recognize all 3 channels. So, I removed everything (which was a big pain to take off the vigor monsoon and reinstall) and then installed the essentials on a mobo tray. Now all channels were recognized. I guess there is just too much play between the processor and the mobo. The alignment was such that after placing the processor between the two notches, I slid it back toward the lever in the ope position and then closed. That did the trick for me. I see that many people had this same problem-but before you go through the trouble of an RMA, try repositioning the processor. It sounds like a pain but much easier than an RMA and this board is worth it.

Other Thoughts: So far, I have found this board to great. It does require the user to have some knowledge of what they're doing to bring out its potential. Notice, I don't even claim to be an expert because I do this for fun not as a professional.
Specs:
Asus P6T
i7 920
6GB Crucial Ballistix 1600
Corsair 1000w
vigor monsoon cpu cooler w/ ultra kaze fans
areca 1210 raid controller w/ 4x 300 gb vraptors in raid 10
xfx HD5870
SB xfi platinmun champion
3x ultra kaze case fans w/ sunbeam fan controller
Win 7 64-bit

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Sunbeam RHK-EX-SV Rheobus-Extreme 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Complete control of the speed of your fans at your fingertips, looks cool.

Cons: The lowest setting is off and as you turn the knob up-it's still off. The fan is supposed to slowly increase in speed-but what really happens is that the fans don't even begin spinning until the knobs are turned to the half way position and then increase slowly until the knob turned all the way up. It still works, but not as sensitive as it should be.

Other Thoughts: The fans do go through the full rpm range, but the device only works through half of it's range. But overall a useful device-AT A GOOD PRICE. Full price is kinda expensive.

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Joshua H.'s Profile

Display Name: Joshua H.

Date Joined: 05/27/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 07/01/07
  • Last Review: 05/02/10
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