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Pros: Very effective, quiet, and feels nice.
Cons: A little on the hefty side as everyone else said. Might get in the way if you have a mid-tower or lower case. In fact, I wouldn't even recommend this for anything smaller than a mid-tower. The CPU power socket is near my CPU fan and the cable for the power socket kind of got in the way. I have a 650W enthusiast series Corsair PSU and the thick, braided cables gave me a bit of trouble. If you have a fully-modular (or maybe even semi) PSU, you'll probably be fine. Also, as most said, this was very difficult to install. Instructions were pretty useless. Here's the basis of the instructions:
1. Remove tag
2. Put thing here
3. Put other thing in that thing
4. Close thing into other thing
Other Thoughts: This review is for the Cooler Master Hyper 101i - AMD. Just specifying since Newegg thought it was a good idea to mash all the reviews into one.
Excellent fan. Very quiet. Like another review said, I too had to check if my computer booted properly because it was so quiet, it almost seemed like it didn't even boot or turn on properly.
For the bad, as I said, instructions were terrible. I had to figure it out on my own. Here's the basis of the instructions:
1. Remove sticker
2. Put thing under fan thing
3. Put thing in thing under fan thing
4. Close latch thing onto thing in MoBo
Seriously. I first thought the tong-looking things went through one of the copper loops (as the instructions made it look that way), but later realized it was easier to put it on the thing between the copper heat pipes. From there, the latch just went in the tong-like thing where the holes are at the bottom and the latch part just sticks out. After dealing with PSU/MoBo issues (unrelated to the fan) and having to install it numerous times to troubleshoot issues with the computer, it became pretty easy.
Also, as I said, fan is big. I have a mid-tower case and it's just big. If you have a bigger case or a case with a decent spot for a CPU fan, you'll probably have no issues. Definitely wouldn't recommend for a case smaller than a mid-tower. Just too big. Would I recommend to a friend? Definitely!
Pros: Clear, bright, doesn't hurt eyes, sturdy stand.
Cons: Waking on sleep is a little slow. Sometimes, it makes me think my computer froze or won't wake from sleep mode.
Other Thoughts: I was looking for monitors everywhere and found one I thought I'd like: this. I was going to go for an Asus, but everyone pretty much said every one of them had a wobbly stand. This monitor has a solid stand, which was also extremely easy to setup as well. Buttons on the side are nice too. The display is bright, but doesn't seem to cause any eye strain. Very easy on the eyes. Colors are also excellent to me. Greens are green, blacks are dark, etc. Only issue is that waking it from sleep tends to take a while. I had a cheaper monitor that woke up quicker, but the issue is so minor compared to the greatness of the monitor that I'm willing to not knock off an egg. Would I recommend this to a friend? Definitely! Cheap, but a very, very nice monitor.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great card for the price, easy to install, fairly large, is quiet, has lasted a while, installing drivers and usage never posed a single problem. Fan barely even has to run. This is also being used on a 300w PSU that's probably generic as I put it on a pre-made computer I bought a while back, so it'll work on 300w+ PSUs without a doubt!
Cons: Size may prove to be an issue in towers below mid or certain MoBos, but it was fine with me.
Other Thoughts: I've hard this card for over a year now and it hasn't given me a single issue. Some background on its use:
- Has played some games such as Amnesia, Portal, Portal 2, L4D2 and many more on max with no lag or any issues. Amnesia on max settings looked AMAZING on this card.
- Probably won't run newer games well. I could only run MW2 on med. settings, depending on resolution. I could go for max, but some low FPS was noticeable. It probably goes without saying that newer games with have lower FPS, but you can't expect this thing to have too much power either. I won't knock off an egg simply because it's performing the way it was meant to, no better and no worse. Anyone knocking eggs for that is just being unfair. This isn't a high-end GPU, but it works well enough to play some more common and older games on max settings. TF2 also works perfectly fine on Max for me.
- CD installation? I really hope people know better than to install drivers from the CD. I went straight to the website the day I bought this/the day before it arrived (it arrived next day. At the time I got this, I happened to live a few cities away from one of the warehouses, so paying for faster shipping was meaningless as I'd get it the next day anyway. Hooray!) and downloaded (NOT installed... yet) the drivers for this. When this GPU arrived, I uninstalled the old drivers, left the new drivers on my desktop for quick and easy installation and installed after removing my old card (Radeon HD 5450. This 7750 must be about 2.5x the size of the 5450?) and everything worked perfectly. A year later, I haven't faced a single issue. Seriously.
In conclusion, this isn't the GREATEST GPU, but casual gamers may find it to their liking. As for Sapphire, the quality of this GPU hasn't disappointed me as well as its functionality. Because of this, Sapphire so far has earned my trust. In a few more weeks, I will be upgrading my GPU to another Sapphire card (7870 GHz edition for anyone curious) and am hoping it doesn't disappoint me like this one hasn't. So again, for anyone having issues, try getting drivers from Sapphire's website instead. They will most likely be updated drivers, which is what you want unless you want to risk possibly facing all sorts of glitches.
Display Name: Joey S.
Date Joined: 07/24/12
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