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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Simply put, this is quality memory from a quality company and includes a solid warranty and good speed for a great price. I'll definitely buy it again when I build my next Sandy box.

Cons: The top heatsink fins are tall, conflicting with many CPU coolers, but can be removed if you don't mind voiding the warranty and your case cooling is adequate to keep the ram cooled (memory ramsinks, as on this product, are more decorative than necessary). Simply slit the sticker running along the top spine and very carefully pry the two halves apart. The thermal tape will give you some resistance but with very slow and careful movement it can be done quite easily. It would have been nice for Corsair to make the fins removable as on the Dominator series so this type of operation would not be necessary.

Other Thoughts: Used on a 2500k build using a Noctua NH-D14 which is listed on the official site as being incompatible with this memory, so if you want this combination you will have to remove the ramsinks. There is no other way to make it work. Good luck!

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bought this on sale at another site to expand my archive array. I have mostly WD Black 640/750s with a couple of Samsung 1tbs thrown in the mix for good measure. The drive performance is great as a storage/archive drive, but of course not fast enough for gaming or Windows usage if you are a power user. Win7 64 had no problems detecting, initializing, and formatting the drive and I was up and running with it in under 5 minutes.

Cons: Consistent and nonstop "Device detected a controller error" events in the windows event log regardless of motherboard used. SMART shows Ultra DMA CRC errors as well but not too many, and these seem dependent on the motherboard chipset. Hitachi drive analysis tool says the drive is healthy (both simple and advanced tests) but the drive causes Win7 64 to lock randomly followed by the drive disappearing from Windows completely. The event log always shows dozens of controller errors when this happens. The drive causes this problem regardless of what chipset is used (tried P35/ICH9R, P45/ICH10R, and an old nForce4) and no other drive in my array (14 hard drives in total) displays this problem. Also attempted reverting from ACHI mode to IDE mode but this failed to make any impression.

Other Thoughts: Looks like its about time for another RMA. Very disappointed to be proven correct that >1tb technology is still highly dubious in quality. This is my 3rd straight failure with 2tb drives and I probably will not keep the warranty service drive when it comes back.

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XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs High quality, performance, but MLAA is the reason to buy. 11/08/2010

This review is from: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Pros: Lets make this quick, cause I want to go back to playing games. This is not a typical ATI card as we've come to know them. It does not run hot, it does not have a laundry list of game breaking driver problems, and it doesn't make more noise than the 6:12 Calcutta-Dhaka Express... unless the fan spins up beyond 40%. Fortunately, the card runs cool enough that, in a case with proper airflow, it is rarely going to spin up past 40-50%. For reference, 50% is about as loud as a reference GTX 260 on 100%, and as you near 100% the Spaceport countdown for liftoff nears as the rockets fire up with a demonic roar. It's really quite impressive, able to scare small animals and wake the dead. Still, performance trades blows and often beats the GTX 460 (even oc'd), and MLAA is the coolest feature for visual quality improvement we've seen since... well... ever! Turn on MLAA in the control panel and go test out some games if you doubt. One of those "you have to experience to understand" things.

Cons: The most expensive 6870. My sample did not overclock very well. You have to register with XFX to get the lifetime warranty, a totally insane policy and one that makes me not want to buy XFX products anymore. I ditched BFG when they started doing that, and look what happened to them.

Other Thoughts: My sample OC'd to 950/1100 before losing stability. Acceptable, and gives it a larger boost over the heavily OC'd 460, but, truth be told, I'd still rather have nvidia's drivers. ATI drivers still have far too many annoying bugs and glitches to be considered anywhere near on par with nvidia, however nvidia doesn't have MLAA, and MLAA is a hugely impressive feature that will instantly improve the graphics in practically every 3D game ever created, and that alone makes the 6870 worth buying.

system spec
ABIT IP35 PRO
Q6600 @ 3.2
8gb DDR2 800
Intel SSD
XFX 750w PSU
52" 1080p HDTV
Win7 x64

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Display Name: Anthony B.

Date Joined: 06/19/05

  • Reviews: 49
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  • First Review: 05/09/09
  • Last Review: 09/17/11
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