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ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast smooth performance at high/ultra settings.

Cons: Availability. Also, it's the latest and greatest so the price is higher as expected. TSMC, NVIDIA's fab partner, and everyone else even Intel to some degree, are having manufacturing delays working out the kinks for 28nm and 22nm parts. Going below 30nm was harder than expected apparently. I only hope the engineers and materials scientists keep silicon going strong until whatever comes next is available!

Other Thoughts: All-in-all a great videocard for the money if you were able to get one when they first launched. If you have been saving for one as I have it is worth the wait. If not wait for the GTX670 and GTX660 variants before buying. And wait for sales later this Fall/Winter.

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ASUS Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compact motherboard with full peformance parts.
Supports SLI in a mATX form factor if that's your passion.
Supports Corsair Vengance (CML16GX3M4A1600C9) RAM.
Fits the mATX Cooler Master 341 case (RC-341C-KKN1-GP) and any other mATX cases; of course.

Cons: I had a few issues with the included sound drivers. Thankfully Asus selected a Realtek 8-channel audio chip for this motherboard which turns this Con into a Pro. I am running the Realtek HD Audio Codec and Driver pack from Realtek version R2.68 with no problems.

Realtek Audio Codec and Driver pack
http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false

Other Thoughts: Runs great! Take care during installation to hold the board by the edges to avoid any ESD. This motherboard is running my Intel Core i7 3820, Asus GTX680-2GD5, Corsair Vengance LP RAM with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler inside a Cooler Master 341 case.

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D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme Desktop Adapter IEEE 802.11g/n PCI Express WPA2
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works with Win7 x64 (SP1) 12/01/2011

This review is from: D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme Desktop Adapter IEEE 802.11g/n PCI Express WPA2

Pros: I have been using this card for over a year on a Windows 7 64-bit machine I assembled. Running the default Windows drivers labelled as "Atheros Communications Inc. version 8.0.0.238"

Cons: The only Cons are for people who want to whine about this card instead of find solutions.

Other Thoughts: The card is running like a champ on a 64-bit Win7 SP1 box right now. It is connected to a Linksys E2000 router; originally with the default firmware. Now the E2000 is running Tomato USB and the D-Link DWA-556 is still connected.

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Kenneth K.'s Profile

Display Name: Kenneth K.

Date Joined: 06/19/03

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 08/18/03
  • Last Review: 05/19/12
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