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ASUS MeMO Pad 8 - Quad-Core 1GB RAM 16GB Flash 8.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: My previous review was hasty. No pros :(

Cons: Tablet turned into a brick while charging. Worked for only three weeks of light use. Environment was: About 35% battery life remaining, plugged into a power strip using the cable and adapter that came with the tablet. Standard bluetooth keyboard was paired.

Plugged it in, used it for a bit while plugged in, then set it to sleep on my desk. Came back about two hours later and the screen flickered a few times when I pressed the power button to wake it. I made many attempts at cold and warm booting, tried safe-mode, tried shining a flashlight on the screen to see if just the backlight wasn't working. No response from any PC I tried plugging it into. It is 100%, completely dead after spending hours trying to troubleshoot.

Other Thoughts: I swore by Asus! For years! Motherboards, monitors, graphics cards, power supplies. I bought it all. In 2005 or so I was happy to see Asus brands penetrating big box stores like Wally and Best Buy. They literally could do no wrong in my eyes. I have a PC case I built in 2007 that has an Asus theme. It is a lanbox that I bought every available Asus sticker, badge and logo for. In 2009 I went all-out with a ROG themed PC, motherboard, graphics, PSU, sound card, you name it, if it was Asus it was in it. Then I built another PC with a Sandy Bridge and everything started unraveling. The RMA process for that motherboard was absolutely the worst retail experience I've ever had. They kept sending me my SAME board that had the same tape on the ESD bag that I put on it. After 3 or 4 shipping attempts they finally got angry with me on the phone and sent me a replacement, minus the $70 or so I had to spend on shipping through the entire debacle.

It is because of this horrible experience that I did not RMA this Tablet. By the time I was convinced it was dead, the thought of going through the RMA again was akin to PTSD. I chalked the cost up to a lesson learned and tossed the tablet in a box of broken tech.

Is it growing pains? I really thought Asus was at their best when they were gaining momentum. These two products are the sole reason I do whatever it takes to stay away from Asus products in all configurations. Even then I still bought four 144hz Asus monitors. The cost of this tablet was too much for me to justify investing in products I do not trust anymore. I simply can't trust Asus after their system failed me, in costly ways, twice.

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ASUS VG248QE Black 24
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Don't hesitate. 1080p is the way to go at this price point and the fluidity while gaming will add so much to the experience. I own four of these and Battlefield 4 on 3, at 5760x1080, is marvelous.

Color quality is VERY easily calibrated without fancy tools. Backlight ratio has no bleeding and colors are vivid and sharp on ALL FOUR that I own. People who complain about these things very obviously did not invest enough time in fixing something they claim to care so much about.

Cons: Plastic felt sort of... Off, thin maybe, but they've been moved around practically every couple weeks, riding in my car for 20 mile trips and back, carried up stairs, no scratches and even though they get a little hot they still look brand new.

Other Thoughts: A few reviews mentioned not doing their homework. You will need to invest in good DVI cables for quality 144hz output. Your graphics card needs to support it as well. Do NOT even think about using HDMI if you want higher than 60hz. That would be a shame if you tried. Overall, these are brilliant monitors and deserve as much praise as possible.

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GIGABYTE GV-R929XOC-4GD Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Runs ~4-10°C cooler than my stock 290X cards
- Overall higher overclock and power options than a stock 290X
- Remarkably, at even 70% fan speed this card is still barely audible compared to similar cards that sound like leaf blowers
- Gigabyte makes very good components in general, I trust them
- Fans are still silent, still optimal after gaming for thousands of hours for over 10 months, system is powered on 90% of the time
- These cards are beasts and will power all your Ultra settings in games for at least the majority of 2015 if not longer

Cons: - The "fin" on the heatsink is unnecessary and cannot be seen when the card is installed in a bottom-PSU case
- What happened to backplates on high-end cards? I miss them.
- Price in early 2014 was ridiculous because of fad coin mining
- Gigabyte software needs a LOT of work

Other Thoughts: I am very happy with the fleet of 290X cards I bought in 2013/2014. I have two stock cards from XFX and Sapphire and this Gigabyte does outperform both in clocks and cooling. It is startlingly quieter than any card I've ever owned. I've recently been throwing insane shader and mod stuff at it to see if I could get it to hiccup in Skyrim, and I've barely scratched the FPS cap running at 144hz. For the first time in years I've not had to worry about buying a card that wouldn't be able to max out later generation games. This card got me through Battlefield 4, Far Cry 4, Shadows of Mordor, never once needing to rethink Ultra settings or AA quality. I have been running 1080p but I believe only the most demanding next-gen games could really put a dent in this card's performance at higher resolutions.

Average scrypt mining was ~1.3m but I stopped doing that a long time ago. No idea what it would net in the last 6 months.

It was my fault for poking around in my PC with the fans going, but do be careful as the blades are longer and

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RICHARD D.'s Profile

Display Name: RICHARD D.

Date Joined: 11/24/03

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