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MSI R6870 Hawk Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Runs quieter than my last card (240 GT).
- HUGE. It looks awesome in my case.
- Some average frame rates:
Mass Effect 3: 60 FPS (max settings, v-sync enabled)
Borderlands: 45-60 FPS (max settings, v-sync enabled)
- Really good card for the price I paid ($180)

Cons: - The first one I received caused major problems with my motherboard (ASUS M5A-97). Random errors, crashes, and freakish stuff, like my BIOS switching random settings (including overclock settings, which I had done none of, and changing the language setting to GERMAN). I put my old card back in, loaded BIOS defaults, and everything worked fine. RMAed the card, thank you NewEgg for the speedy replacement, and the new one work GREAT.
- The card is HUGE, which is to be expected given that it has a Twin Frozr 3 attached and is Crossfire. Make sure it can fit in your case before you buy. (I had to move some hard drives to make room.

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SYBA ExpressCard to PCI-Express Conversion Card Model SD-PEX-EXPC
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs It's okay, could be better 04/26/2010

This review is from: SYBA ExpressCard to PCI-Express Conversion Card Model SD-PEX-EXPC

Pros: It works.
It's cheap.
LEDs to reveal if the device is PCIe or USB.
Comes with a handy internal USB cable.
Easy install.
Easy use.

Cons: Not hot swappable. You have to restart the computer with the desired ExpressCard in the adapter in order for it to work and be detected by Windows.

Though no drivers are required for the card itself, there is a driver website in the documentation that comes with it. This website is 100% bogus. I don't know if that's their fault or what happened there, but that website doesn't have any drivers for any of their products.

Other Thoughts: If it supported hot swapping it would be the perfect card. Inexpensive, but gets the basic job done.

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AVS Gear GV-IR01BK Vista Infrared MCE Black Learning Remote Control
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Fair, but many issues. 04/21/2010

This review is from: AVS Gear GV-IR01BK Vista Infrared MCE Black Learning Remote Control

Pros: Learning - This actually works fairly well. It seems to be having trouble learnign the remote for my AV box, but that might be because the AV box remote is old and sometimes doesn't work itself. Turns the TV on and off, which is all I really wanted the extra functions for.

Install - Easy enough. Don't even have to exit Media Center, which is fairly standard now.

PC Range - Fairly high range, I can control the computer from the other side of the house (with the reciever pointed down the hall).

Cons: Very directional - More or less has to be pointed directly at the reciever, although I noticed that if you hold the romote vertically (on it's side) instead of horizontally it works better. (Why? Who knows. The beam probably disperses wider this way. Rather than dispersing wide horizontally and thin vertically it is dispersing wide vertically and thin horizontally and since I have the reciever on top of my TV.....)

Feels cheap - It's not that it's a poor quality product, it's that it feels like a poor quality product. All they need to do is add some weight to it. Put some little metal weights in the back of the remote around the bulge and it'd feel nice to handle.

Other Thoughts: So far it's a good little remote. If it can learn my AV box's remote then it'll be a great little remote. Once it's past warrenty I'm gonna open it up and see if there's anything I can do to increase the reception. I'm fairly certain it's the remote transmitting in a very thin area that's causing the problem, not the reciever. Maybe with the IR diode sitting further forward it'll work better. If I ever get around to that I'll try to remember to post the results here. It's gonna be a while though before that happens.

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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 07/02/08

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  • First Review: 04/21/10
  • Last Review: 04/12/12
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