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ASUS GTX GeForce GTX TITAN GTXTITAN-6GD5 6GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Plug-in Card Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast. Very, very fast. I try to run everything at 2560x1600, and my old GTX580 was just getting too slow. With this, it's no problem. With an i7 2600k, I average about 75 fps in Bioshock Infinite and about 40-50 fps in Crysis 3, both with effects maxed out. I don't think the Titan even cares when I run StarCraft 2 - the fan never spins up.

Cons: Fan noise. And this is a very relative con, since I'm coming from a custom GTX580 that was barely audible even at load, in a system that is almost completely silent. Compared to, say, just about any other reference blower out there, the Titan's fan is probably a pro.

So my system has several 120 mm fans, all running between 500-800 rpm, inside a case with noise dampening panels. I have to stop everything and strain my ears to hear it from half a meter away. At idle (30% fan speed), the Titan is inaudible - I've never had a quieter video card. At load, the Titan pretty quickly ramps up the fan (to about 60% at most), and you definitely get a good whooshing sound. It's not an issue if you're listening to the game's sound effects, but it could be annoying otherwise.

Other Thoughts: My old video card was an open air cooler. Even though the Titan's blower is noisier, it expels hot air from the case. Between that and GPU Boost 2.0, my system runs a good bit cooler under load now. I can live with that.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's really, really fast in benchmarks. But I'm upgrading from a decent older SSD (I need the space), and while this drive trounces just about anything out there in benchmarks, I don't see much real word difference. Coming from a hard disk though, you'd notice the difference right away.

Cons: Samsung's Magician software optimizes Windows for an SSD. Part of this is disabling SuperFetch, which I get, but it causes problems. Outlook complains about it when running a search, and under Windows 8 you can't enable File History while SuperFetch is turned off.

Other Thoughts: The Magician software (v. 3.2) won't initially run under Windows 8. Enabling compatibility mode takes care of this, and it works fine.

Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Pro 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVP32GB
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's a fast drive. I can transfer multiple gigabytes in minutes, to and from. I've formatted it multiple times, usually using NTFS, and it works fine.

Cons: Sadly, it's got a big red flashing led that lights up every time access occurs. I wouldn't mind if Mushkin managed to make the led light stay on constantly, or a make a dim one, but it just flashes. All. The. Time. And again, I probably wouldn't mind if I just used this for my computer, but I plug it into my Blu-ray drive to watch videos, and I have to cover up the light because it's too annoying.

Other Thoughts: I can deal with covering up the led - it's not a deal breaker. But still, I tend to think that bright flashy leds are stupid. I really don't need a big red light to help me figure out that my drive works.


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Display Name: Michael C.

Date Joined: 07/15/01

  • Reviews: 36
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  • First Review: 12/02/05
  • Last Review: 04/28/13
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